Originally posted by kleverone
If Racism is gonna die then lets kill it every direction in my opinion.
The thing is, racism can't be "killed" with a hammer. Education, experience, discussion and time are the only effective tools against it. Having
some authority suspend Imus (and it's just for show) isn't going to do a thing to rectify the situation. MSNBC's action is just to show the public
that they're doing something
about it. Nothing effective...
They should have a few of the Rutgers women on the show. Or make Imus take them out to dinner and talk about how they felt when they heard it. I'm
curious to see what they have to say.
What if Imus had said, "Old, fat, pasty criminals," when talking about Congress? Would everyone be calling for his head? I don't think so. And
what's the difference?
There's nothing wrong with the words he said. I used "nappy" in a post yesterday talking about a black girl. The words are used by black people.
Many rap lyrics refer to women as "hos". But when someone who's not black says it, all of a sudden we have a national case. Why do we treat a
segment of society differently than another as far as words they can say publicly?
And if Chappelle or Mencia had said it, it wouldn't even be news. Sure, they're comedians, but that's where it gets slippery. We're making a
context call. That means we each have to use our own judgment and since all of us have different contexts and different judgments, some are going to
be offended and some aren't. As far as I'm concerned, the only people who should have any
say about what happens are the Rutgers women.
Imus is a shock jock. He's no David Brinkley. He's foul-mouthed and he doesn't much care what people think of him. I like him. Not because I agree
with everything he says, but because he doesn't
bow to public pressure to conform to the scary, unspoken rules of a "polite" and
"politically correct" society.
People who don't like his sense of humor or his brashness shouldn't be on his show, they shouldn't patronize his program. They should let him know
they don't like it. But he's probably laughing his ass off behind closed doors about this. Does anyone know if his suspension is with pay? He's
probably getting a vacation.
I LOVE how Sharpton handled it! He's so cool in the face of it all and he makes so much sense (although I don't agree with everything
said). I love how Sharpton comes out and deals with these things face-to-face.
[edit on 10-4-2007 by Benevolent Heretic]