Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Racism Re:Loaded

Okay, so shock jock Don Imus used the phrase "nappy-headed hoes" to describe the Rutgers women's basketball team. Wow! The response has been overwhelming: Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (a Michigan Democrat and chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus), Julian Bond (chairman of the NAACP's national board of directors), Kim Gandy (president of the National Organization for Women), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the National Association of Black Journalists, the list apparently goes on.

Anyhow, here is an insightful end quote from the CNN article:

Howard Kurtz, media critic for The Washington Post and host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," said Imus is known for his comedy, but "his comedy too often strays into the offensive." Kurtz, whom Imus once called a "boner-nosed, beanie-wearing Jew boy," said Imus should be held accountable for his remarks, "but there is also a good side to Don Imus, and I don't think that should be completely obliterated in all of this chest thumping."

Again, I contemplate whether or not the reaction would be as seismic if the receiving end was reference regarding another ethnic group . . . maybe Jewish, or Chinese, or Kazak. Then again, why do Black rappers still refer to one another as "fill in with N-Bomb" and their women as "hoes"? Oh yeah, that's not racist (when you make "those" remarks against your own people - check previous post). Man, it's tough being white folk nowadays.

Food for Thought: If you are a white presidential nominee hopeful, don't be caught singing along with your favorite Snoop Dogg album. It'll cost you . . . well unless you are Black, Asian, Hispanic, American Indian . . . so long as you are not white . . . or is that White?

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Warren said...

I heard on the radio form another shock jock type person who said that Imus was allowed to stay on the air for a week before this coming Monday. Why? To eat up all the buzz generated by this, and then come back from his suspension with the biggest audience he's ever had.