Far be it from me to defend Don Imus’ characterization of the Rutgers Women’s basketball team as “nappie headed hos.” Imus himself has characterized his words as “repugnant” and they certainly were. Imus has sincerely apologized. He is being drawn and quartered by the Left and its media machine. He will lose advertisers. He will lose prestige. He will lose in more ways than can be calculated. And in many respects he ought to lose. But should he lose his living – his source of income – because he said something stupid and without racial intent?
And now we hear from the women he ostensibly offended. Do we really need to parade the team out for a press conference, as if putting them on display will somehow prove that what Imus said about them isn’t true? We all know what Imus said wasn’t true. When Imus spoke the words he himself knew they weren’t true. My momma always said that just because someone called you a name didn’t mean that was who you were. The harder you tried to prove you weren’t what they called you, the more you looked like you were. So just let it go. The person you really are will be finally determined by the life you live, not by what others say about you.
Imus isn’t the hypocrite here. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the entire leadership of the (liberal) African-American community are the hypocrites. Truth be told, Sharpton and Jackson have more racist tendencies than Imus has compassion for disadvantaged children (and Imus has a TON of compassion for disadvantaged children). And if Sharpton and Jackson were truly concerned about the portrayal of African-American women in the media, they would have used their platforms to rid this country of the deplorable rap music industry.
When talk radio host Glenn Beck pointed out to Al Sharpton that the lyrics of rap songs written and performed by black rappers show more disrespect to black women than Imus’ 30 second comment, Al Sharpton excused the rappers on the grounds that they don’t have nationally syndicated talk shows. What?!?! Here’s a partial transcript of the exchange:
BECK: This is what really bothers you, right?
SHARPTON: Absolutely. I mean, that is what hits me to the core. As I said, I have two daughters. And when I heard that, I heard him calling my daughters, who are not thugs, not in the street, not doing wrong, in college.
It`s like she said, when you excel, people call you that anyway. I had to come forth, and many others have come forth.
BECK: I have to tell you, it`s — I have — I have three daughters, and it`s not just if they excel. Calling your daughters — this is why this story reaches me, is because it is just so offensive on so many levels.
But here`s some women who have really accomplished something and to call them, you know, nappy headed hos is offensive.
However, Ludacris has a song called “Hos”. “Can`t turn a ho into a housewife,” apparently good advice from Ludacris.
How about Tupac: “I get around, all respect to those who break their neck to keep the hos in check.”
Notorious BIG: “Ain`t that a slut who” — and it goes into describing things that she does with her butt, different kinds of showers she likes and calls her a ho. DMX: “It`s all good. I`ve done it all to hos. Dominican hos, country hos, from sister to country hos.”
Three-six Mafia: “I heard it`s hard out there for a pimp. Couldn`t keep up with my hos.” Uses the “N” word. I mean, this is everywhere with rap.
Now I know you`ve given — you know, you`ve gone out, and you just had a press conference a couple of weeks ago. Will you tell me that you are trying to get these guys fired from their record contracts as much as you`re trying to get Don Imus thrown off the radio?
SHARPTON: No, what I will tell you is I`ve said that these record companies — ironically, the same conglomerate owns some of the record companies that you`re talking about, owns the radio station that Imus is on. These record companies ought to be hit so that we will take the profit out of that.
BECK: But you are not saying that with Don Imus. You are saying…
SHARPTON: With Don Imus…
BECK: You are saying, “I want you fired.”
SHARPTON: Don Imus is on a federally regulated radio station and television. If these guys were talk show hosts, I`d be marching to get all of…
BECK: These guys are being played not only on radio stations, but they`re also connected right to our daughter`s ears with their iPods.
SHARPTON: Glenn Beck — Glenn Beck…
BECK: This is much more hazardous.
SHARPTON: I am surprised. You have a good research department. I was surprised that when I met with the FCC about this about 18 months ago…
BECK: What I`m asking you…
SHARPTON: You don`t want the answer to that.
BECK: I do want the answer. Al, you and I have talked about this.
SHARPTON: I`m the guy that went to FCC and talked about this language and violence in hip-hop. “Nightline” even did a extensive report on this. So you don`t have to sell me. I want to know where all the people, including Mr. Imus, who claimed to be outraged by it, where were they when I were raising this, because it was…
BECK: I will be with you any time. We just don`t put people out of business, out of political correctness. Let`s encourage people to shed that.
SHARPTON: You cannot correct the rapper if you don`t have the same courage to stand up to people like Don Imus.
The lyrics of black rappers repeatedly referring to black women as “hos” and much worse, are played on radio stations around the nation and not a peep about those racial slurs from the so-called leadership of the African-American community. Yet Sharpton says that because rappers aren’t talk show hosts he won’t march to stop them from characterizing black women as hos. He blames the lyrics of black rap on the “conglomerates” rather than on the black artists who write them! What a hypocrite!
Shouldn’t the leadership in the African-American community get the beam out of its own eye before it goes messing with the speck of dust in Imus’ eye? Truth be told, it isn’t the speck in Imus’ eye Sharpton and Jackson are after. It’s his wallet. Once Imus’ writes the check to the black activist group of their choosing, this will all go away.
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