Thursday, April 12, 2007

Jason Whitlock on Don Imus

Imus is a jackass.

But, he's been a jackass for decades.

Why was it this episode that got everyone?

Years ago, when an Gwen Ifill was reporting from the White House, Imus opined that this African American woman was a cleaning woman the White House let in.

Jason Whitlock, a columnist for the Kansas City Star, has the best opinion piece out there on the Imus matter.

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

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. this in its entirety!

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