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Weighing in on Don Imus -or- More pointless crap over which to obsess

[This entry was originally posted on my MySpace blog. It was transferred to WordPress on 1/20/2013.]

Weighing in on Don Imus

Who is Don Imus? He’s a rich, old white guy with a radio show. Why does something he says matter? It doesn’t. When I first heard about this from my friend Josh, I said, “Holy crap, he got away with that? That’s messed up.” And the more I thought about it, yes. He should probably get in trouble for referring to a predominantly Black women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hoes”. Although it was off the cuff and in the midst of comedic riffing, it’s pretty inappropriate. What it all really comes down to is this – if I were to make comparable remarks at my hotel job in front of the guests and my bosses got wind of it, I’d be gone so quickly that I wouldn’t know what hit me. Normal people would get fired for it, as should a rich old radio commentator.

And that’s where it should stand. That’s it. Old guy says some stupid shit, gets reprimanded, end of story. Right? Of course not! This is America!!

Well, the Anna Nicole Smith saga came to a supposed conclusion when the baby’s daddy was dramatically announced. People have lost interest in the crying girl on American Idol. Britney has dropped out of the limelight for now. So of course, we in American culture have to find some other stupid shit to obsess over instead of paying attention to the real issues facing us. Such as, will George Bush actually fund our men and women serving overseas and serve them better by bringing them home or will he whip out his veto pen? You see, regardless of what side you’re on, THAT issue matters. As does Darfur. As do carbon emissions. Yeah, yeah…listen to that bleeding heart liberal ranting about partisan issues. They are REAL issues about things that actually matter and effect human life!

Who is Don Imus? He’s a rich old white guy with a radio show that said stupid stuff. Why does it matter, I asked. The answer is that it doesn’t. Why should the media frenzy around this guy that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme? There is an awful double standard here. There are bigoted and hateful things uttered quite frequently on TV and radio, and not just thoughtless, stupid, off the cuff remarks. We’re talking deliberate, malicious things being said by some people toward others that tend to go unreprimanded.

People in government and politics:
Newt Gingrich (Former Speaker of the House and current Presidential hopeful):
“We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English that that people…learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.” (In context, he was referring to Spanish and Latino community.)

Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.):
“…if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding us of the Koran.” (Oh, how terrifying.)

Trent Lott (Former Speaker of the House [R-MS], praising Strom Thurmond, who in 1948 ran for president on a segregationist ticket):
“When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”

Republican campaign ad, financed by J. Patrick Rooney, a white billionaire:
BLACK MAN #1: “If you make a little mistake with one of your ‘hos,’ you’ll want to dispose of that problem tout suite, no questions asked.”
BLACK MAN #2: “That’s too cold. I don’t snuff my own seed.”
BLACK MAN #1: “Maybe you do have a reason to vote Republican.”

George Allen (R-Va.) (Calling attention to S. R. Sidarth, a staff member of an opponent and Virginia native, and the only person of color at the event):
“Let’s give a welcome to Macaca, here. Welcome to America…”

And now for a couple other radio/television personalities’ questionable remarks:

Glenn Beck (CNN Commentator in an interview with Muslim Rep.-elect Keith Ellison [D-Minn.])
“Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.”

Rush Limbaugh (Conservative radio commentator):
“So those of you white people out there who are supporting Barack Obama, you are racists…So your attempt to assuage all of your white guilt by supporting Obama is worthless because you’re just — you’re just exhibiting racism because you know he’s not a real black.” (He also went on to sing “Barack the Magic Negro”)
Limbaugh also refers to Obama as a “Halfrican American”.

Ann Coulter (addressing a group of conservatives):
“I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot,’ so I — so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards.”

Now, these were just a few examples I could come up with quickly. Also, with some of these, attention was indeed drawn. But my point is that the media did not create a circus and nobody lost their jobs over these. Perhaps they should have and there should be no double standard. I know that at my job, if there was a Muslim person that was an employee or guest and I asked him to prove he wasn’t a terrorist, I’d be in trouble. I’d also be in trouble if I sang “Barack the Magic Negro”.

It’s good that Imus got in trouble. Regardless of his motivations, he did something very thoughtless and stupid and anyone else in a normal job would be in trouble. But the point I’m making is that if Imus is going to get fired, so should Rush Limbaugh, so should Glenn Beck, so should Ann Coulter, so should Virgil Goode. If the media is going to inflate a horrid impulsive remark from a little-known radio entertainer, so should they make a stink out of the calculated hate speech spewed forth by these other individuals. We really don’t need to depend on Mel Gibson, Michael Richards and Don Imus for our drama. These guys are just rich old white guys who lose their temper and do stupid things. Yes, they should perhaps be humiliated for humiliating others, but enough is enough. Let’s hear less about Imus and more about the Senate’s Stem Cell bill.

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