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So Don Imus was fired today for his the remarks he made about the Rutger’s basketball team.

I was going to devote an entire rant on why this entire thing is, quite simply, retarded, but I don’t have to.

Jason Whitlock, a columnist for the Kansas City Star wrote a fantastic editorial about this whole thing.

Imus isn’t the real bad guy

Instead of wasting time on irrelevant shock jock, black leaders need to be fighting a growing gangster culture.

By JASON WHITLOCK – Columnist

Thank you, Don Imus. You’ve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.

You’ve given Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson another opportunity to pretend that the old fight, which is now the safe and lucrative fight, is still the most important fight in our push for true economic and social equality.

You’ve given Vivian Stringer and Rutgers the chance to hold a nationally televised recruiting celebration expertly disguised as a news conference to respond to your poor attempt at humor.

Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like it’s 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.

The bigots win again.

While we’re fixated on a bad joke cracked by an irrelevant, bad shock jock, I’m sure at least one of the marvelous young women on the Rutgers basketball team is somewhere snapping her fingers to the beat of 50 Cent’s or Snoop Dogg’s or Young Jeezy’s latest ode glorifying nappy-headed pimps and hos.

I ain’t saying Jesse, Al and Vivian are gold-diggas, but they don’t have the heart to mount a legitimate campaign against the real black-folk killas.

It is us. At this time, we are our own worst enemies. We have allowed our youths to buy into a culture (hip hop) that has been perverted, corrupted and overtaken by prison culture. The music, attitude and behavior expressed in this culture is anti-black, anti-education, demeaning, self-destructive, pro-drug dealing and violent.

Rather than confront this heinous enemy from within, we sit back and wait for someone like Imus to have a slip of the tongue and make the mistake of repeating the things we say about ourselves.

It’s embarrassing. Dave Chappelle was offered $50 million to make racially insensitive jokes about black and white people on TV. He was hailed as a genius. Black comedians routinely crack jokes about white and black people, and we all laugh out loud.

I’m no Don Imus apologist. He and his tiny companion Mike Lupica blasted me after I fell out with ESPN. Imus is a hack.

But, in my view, he didn’t do anything outside the norm for shock jocks and comedians. He also offered an apology. That should’ve been the end of this whole affair. Instead, it’s only the beginning. It’s an opportunity for Stringer, Jackson and Sharpton to step on victim platforms and elevate themselves and their agenda$.

I watched the Rutgers news conference and was ashamed.

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke for eight minutes in 1963 at the March on Washington. At the time, black people could be lynched and denied fundamental rights with little thought. With the comments of a talk-show host most of her players had never heard of before last week serving as her excuse, Vivian Stringer rambled on for 30 minutes about the amazing season her team had.

Somehow, we’re supposed to believe that the comments of a man with virtually no connection to the sports world ruined Rutgers’ wonderful season. Had a broadcaster with credibility and a platform in the sports world uttered the words Imus did, I could understand a level of outrage.

But an hourlong press conference over a man who has already apologized, already been suspended and is already insignificant is just plain intellectually dishonest. This is opportunism. This is a distraction.

In the grand scheme, Don Imus is no threat to us in general and no threat to black women in particular. If his words are so powerful and so destructive and must be rebuked so forcefully, then what should we do about the idiot rappers on BET, MTV and every black-owned radio station in the country who use words much more powerful and much more destructive?

I don’t listen or watch Imus’ show regularly. Has he at any point glorified selling crack cocaine to black women? Has he celebrated black men shooting each other randomly? Has he suggested in any way that it’s cool to be a baby-daddy rather than a husband and a parent? Does he tell his listeners that they’re suckers for pursuing education and that they’re selling out their race if they do?

When Imus does any of that, call me and I’ll get upset. Until then, he is what he is — a washed-up shock jock who is very easy to ignore when you’re not looking to be made a victim.

No. We all know where the real battleground is. We know that the gangsta rappers and their followers in the athletic world have far bigger platforms to negatively define us than some old white man with a bad radio show. There’s no money and lots of danger in that battle, so Jesse and Al are going to sit it out.

(Link to article)

Thank you, Mr. Whitlock.  You have so eloquently said what many people in the media may be thinking, but are terrified to say.

Thank you, Kansas City Star, for having the balls to publish that.

This entire thing is a joke, much like Jackson and Sharpton.

  • Ace

    If you didn’t follow Whitlock’s career at ESPN, this is what he had to say about his “falling out” with ESPN:


    I told the blog that part of the reason I was leaving Page 2 was because I was uncomfortable with Page 2’s relationship with Scoop Jackson. Much of his writing is childish, anti-white and a caricature of a negative black stereotype. I didn’t say it in the blog interview, but it’s my belief that it is irresponsible for the World Wide Leader to publish much of what Scoop writes.

    Me again:

    In case you don’t read him, Scoop Jackson is also black, and not shy about hiding his prejudices.

    So this isn’t the first time Whitlock has taken this stance. He is also, if you’re curious and don’t know, generally a much better writer than Scoop.

  • Thanks, Ace. I wasn’t aware of that.

    What’s a shame is he probably gets flack by some members of the black community for his view points (much like when Bill Cosby often does)

  • The saddest thing is, this is what the news reports for days on end, but there’s nothing about the real issues. There’s 38 straight days of Anna Nicole Smith and her daughter’s father, but nothing on the changes the government makes to the laws that effect every citizen of this country. It’s sad that nearly the entire mainstream media has turned into a very extended episode of Hollywood Insider.

  • Snooze

    a washed-up shock jock who is very easy to ignore when you’re not looking to be made a victim.

    That’s the sentence that impressed me the most. It would be different if he were on NPR or were a politician.

  • Stewie’s Mother

    Well, son, I didn’t read the article because I knew if I did I would just get more angry and my head would blow up like a volcano.

    You know I despise Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackoff. Both of those ignorant pigs are the real racists who wouldn’t have jobs if they didn’t hate whitey. This country will be better off when thery are GONE. Hypocrite SOB’s, both of them.

    :thumbsup:

  • Brik, and people wonder why I don’t watch the news. Loved that article Pat Buchanan wrote, btw. Even though I hate admitting it.

    Snooze, very true. He was a nonissue until Jesse jumped in.

    Mom, indeed.

  • Am I the only one still wondering what happened to Mr Jingles!?!

  • I love Mr. Jingles.

    What happened to the smilies?

  • Mr. Jingles is still alive.

    Smileys will be available when I get around to reposting them.

  • I was gonna make reference to that article, but you beat me to it. Guess I’ll just sit here and enjoy my delicious Neco Wafers.