Just a couple months ago Senator Joe Biden, a white democratic bigwig, “screwed up” when he dared say that black presidential candidate, fellow democrat Barak Obama “…is articulate…;” he practically got crucified just for “the implication!” (So Biden, you find it unusual that a BLACK man could possibly be well-spoken, do you?!) Implausibly, Biden found himself bullied into having to apologize for his “insensitivity and thoughtlessness.” Ha! Another white victim, and a liberal one at that, learns a hard eternal lesson!
A few years back in
I’ve fallen into “the trap” a time or two myself. Long ago one of my so-called black buddies put me on the spot when I innocently used the word “boy” in a sentence referring to him. He took great exception to that even though I’m sure he knew better. It’s “that power thing” that American black folk have over us white folk when it comes to such rhetorical matters. For me, it was “once burned and never again.” I’ve found that avoidance is the best policy, because apparently it’s too easy to slip up. And even though not all blacks are prone to do this, you just never know when it COULD happen. Therefore: Dodge, avoid, elude!
I used to listen to Imus occasionally, usually by accident while getting ready for work if the TV happened to be on that channel. He irritates the hell out of me, almost as much as Howard Stern. My impression: He is a self-righteous cranky old man with nothing nice to say about anybody. After watching the clip where he dropped the “nappy-headed ho’s” bomb, it seemed entirely in character from what I remember of him. These college girls just advanced to the national basketball championship and he said something snide about them. That’s just who he is and who he’s always been. It seems there’s an audience out there that appreciates such mean-spirited observations and those are the people who listen to the jerk.
I can also tell you this with a reasonable amount of certainty: There aren’t a whole lot of black people, if any, watching and listening to Imus. That means that some white person spilled the beans and tattled to the likes of Jesse Jackson, The Rutgers Female Basketball Team, and Reverend Al! (That’s a joke by the way.) Just the same, when you listen to the Imus comment it’s obvious that it was a throwaway line said practically under his breath. The media is having a grand old time with THEIR “nappy-headed ho’s” story, and from what I can see its one they are doing everything possible to KEEP stirred up.
As I said, Imus isn’t the first or the last white big shot who got his pale nose slapped hard for not watching his “black people p’s and q’s.” I remember listening to Monday Night Football about 25 years ago to the announcer Howard Cosell as he excitedly declared during an outstanding running play, “LOOK at that lit-tle MON-key RUN!” I laughed and yelled at him on the TV, “Howard you’ve REALLY done it now man! You are FINISHED!”
That night Cosell committed THE ONLY unforgivable media sin being: “White guys saying “stuff” about black people!” Sure enough, after that, old Howard was washed up. It didn’t matter how sorry he was or that he didn’t have a racist bone in his body.
I don’t think Imus is a racist either. I WILL tell you this though, he’s a liberal who got careless. He thought his "liberalness" would protect him from himself. On top of that, ironically, he got a little TOO “ghetto” for his own good. There’s nothing more ridiculous than a white person trying to “talk black.” I’m sure black guys are quite entertained and probably more than a little contemptuous of white guys they see wearing their hats sideways while holding their crotch and talking smack. In effect, that is exactly what Imus was doing: he was trying to be hip and “talk ghetto.” Most of the girls he was referring to are black, and trying to be funny in his “Imus way,” he described them in “black speak.” What he was trying to say is that those chicks were some tough-looking, hard-playing gals and NO WONDER they kicked butt. The problem is that Imus is white and therefore he is not allowed to “talk black” about blacks. A black comedian can get away with it, but not a WHITE Imus!
“Nappy-headed ho’s” is the vernacular of gangster rap, AKA, “Ghetto music.” LOTS of Americans—White, Black, Asian, Latin, you name it—actually use that kind of language in sentences everyday all across
Watching old Imus today get grilled royally by Al Sharpton was quite a thrill for me. Imus and Al are on the same side politically and yet there was the “good reverend,” not a forgiving bone in his body, demanding that Imus quit his lifelong profession no matter how much Imus said he was sorry to “You people.” I got a huge kick watching Imus’ disbelief that Sharpton was going to try to catch him up with that old “You People” booby trap. It reminded me of another white guy, a little white Libertarian fellow, Ross Perot, who fell on his own “You people” sword back in 1992. Remember? Check it out from Wikpedia:
“Perot was criticized for a remark made during a speech at the NAACP convention. Perot was sympathizing with the plight of African Americans during tough economic times, but referred to his audience as "you people", a phrase that was loudly objected to by some members of the audience, and deemed insensitive by the media.”
You see what I mean? When it comes to us white folk, when we even TRY to pet the “black panther” we will probably get our “well-meaning” “good-intentions” hand bitten off (grin!). And the BEAT goes on, right Imus?
Personally, I don’t care about Don Imus, never have. He’s been insulting people and saying outrageous things for 30 years, so maybe its time he retired. I say let Reverend Al have his way and make Imus retire in shame. After watching “Sorry Imus” perform his endless and obligatory “sorries” on the “Mea Culpa Circuit,” regardless of what ultimately happens to him, Imus has condemned himself to being eternally apologetic, forever sorry for trying to be a white guy who tried to get away with “talking black” about blacks. If he had insulted white people like he normally does then it wouldn’t have raised even a whisper. His mistake is a classic one.
It reminds me of a similar error made by one of my friends from
I think sometime today Imus is supposed to meet with the