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04-13-2007 11:44 AM #1
The Don Imus Story
Ok look, I don't put much in the Rant section but here we go...
The comments that Don Imus made regarding the women from Rutgers University Basketball team were unexcusable, tactless, rude, sexist, racist and the list goes on...
HOWEVER...I am sick and tired of the lynching that has been going on in the media over what should be done next with Imus. Or how implorable this has become. Or even, how many more apoligies he needs to 'make up' for what he said
Give me a break
This world it seems has become to pre-occupied with uncovering racists and biggots that people will turn anywhere to sniff them out. Obviously, I am not backing what Don Imus said...but the people who are attacking him, notably Jesse Jackson (lets not forget his remarks during his run for the presidency) and AL Sharpton are some of the worst abusers of racial profiling this country has seen. I watched Al Sharpton last night defend rap music as a 'cultural understanding' and that Blacks are free to use the N word for years of persucution and as an ideological symbol between them.
GUESS WHAT, ITS NOT OK, not one of these things are
if we are going to point the finger, we need to point it at blacks, whites, asians, gays, heteros, hispanics, because guess what we are all to blame for some wrongdoing in this field of utter hipocrasy.
In the mean time...lay off Imus, his career is gone, until XM picks him up or something, it's time to move on to something that really needs to be talked about in the media other than who's next on the chopping block
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04-13-2007 11:46 AM #2Plus Member Since 04/04
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Heh, heh. Yeah. Apologize. *end Jesse Jackson Southpark voice*
I'm not sure which story I'd rather never hear about again more, this one, or anything that has to do with Anna Nicole Smith.
04-13-2007 11:55 AM #3
The whole thing is stupid and overblown, especially because they were basically quoting the Spike Lee movie School Daze. The moment anyone says anything slightly racist, you've got Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson jumping on it to further their careers.
I saw this mentioned on another board talking about this situation: Listen to the Rutgers girls IPODs and count how many times you hear the words "nappy headed" or "hos".
Imus should have had enough common sense to not say what he said, but I really don't think there was any racist intent and he's basically getting hosed.
04-13-2007 11:58 AM #4
Jackson has been criticized for some of the remarks he has made about Jews and Jewish issues: that Nixon was less attentive to poverty in the U.S. because "four out of five [of Nixon's top advisors] are German Jews and their priorities are on Europe and Asia"; that he was "sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust"; that there are "very few Jewish reporters that have the capacity to be objective about Arab affairs";  In addition Rev. Jackson had referred to Jews as "Hymies" and to New York City as "Hymietown" in January 1984 during a conversation with Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. 
Tawana Brawley Controversy
In the Tawana Brawley case, a 15-year-old black girl was found smeared with feces, lying in a garbage bag, her clothing torn and burned and with various slurs and epithets written on her body in charcoal. Brawley claimed that she had been assaulted and raped by six white men, some of them police officers, in the town of Wappingers Falls, New York.
Attorneys Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason joined Sharpton in support of Brawley. A grand jury was convened; after seven months of examining police and medical records, the jury determined that Brawley lied about being assaulted by the police. Sharpton, Maddox and Mason accused the Dutchess County prosecutor, Steven Pagones, of being one of the perpetrators of the alleged abduction and rape. The three were successfully sued for slander and ordered to pay $345,000 in damages, the jury finding Sharpton liable for making seven defamatory statements about Pagones, Maddox for two and Mason for one. 
Crown Heights Riot
The Crown Heights Riot occurred after a car accident involving the motorcade for the Lubavitcher Rebbe killing a young boy, Gavin Cato. A riot was sparked after a private Hasidic ambulance came to the scene and, on the orders of a police officer, removed the Hasidic driver from the scene. Gavin Cato and his cousin Angela were picked up soon after by a city ambulance. Caribbean-American and African-American residents of the neighborhood then rioted for four consecutive days fueled by rumors ,  that the private ambulance had refused to treat Cato. 
Sharpton became the de-facto representative for the Cato family. During the funeral he referred to "diamond merchants" considered a code word for Hasidic Jews  , for shedding "the blood of innocent babies" leading marchers shouting "No Justice No Peace". A visiting rabbinical student from Australia by the name of Yankel Rosenbaum, 29 years old, was killed during the rioting by a mob shouting "Kill the Jew". 
So Imus had it coming. I just wish his past racial remarks would come to light too, to show people defending him that this is not an isolated incident.
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04-13-2007 12:01 PM #5
04-13-2007 12:04 PM #6
I know this is going to seem unfair and premature, and I know this is the rants section and all, but fellas...this ain't the place for this debate.
***EDIT*** I'll unlock it and leave it that way as long as it steers clear of becoming a political debate.
04-13-2007 01:35 PM #7
04-13-2007 02:31 PM #8
Oh... and did you hear the Governor of New Jersey nearly got killed in a car accident rushing to Trenton to mediate the meeting between Imus and the players? It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt!
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04-13-2007 02:59 PM #9
04-13-2007 03:03 PM #10
Oh... and did you hear the Governor of New Jersey nearly got killed in a car accident rushing to Trenton to mediate the meeting between Imus and the players? It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt![/QUOTE]
Do you think the state trooper that was driving will get a ticket for having a passenger with out a seat belt?
04-13-2007 03:20 PM #11
There definitely is a double standard, but racism against whites is hardly as bad as it can get the other way around. There is no stigma attached to racism against whites. I've never heard anything said about whites that I took offense to. And most of it reeks of a defensive ploy to respond to racism against blacks. But I've cringed several times when I've heard of racism, whether it be remarks or physical abuse against blacks.
That doesn't make either racism right, or more tolerable, I'm just saying that whites weren't made slaves for 500 years, and then kept apart from society for another 100, so we'll never know what that feels like, to be demeaned in that kind of manner.
04-13-2007 03:54 PM #12
04-13-2007 03:58 PM #13
I would like to know...
When a white person makes a boneheaded racial comment like Mr. Imus, why do they feel like the first thing they have to do is apologize to Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton? Those are the last two I would apologize to. Seems to me that they make the situation worse and create an even greater divide.
04-13-2007 04:06 PM #14
I just think MSNBC could have held off dropping his show until after his telethon to raise money for SIDS. It's not like they didn't know he was having it. Way to take money away from a good cause.
04-13-2007 04:06 PM #15