Imus: "That’s some nappy-headed hos there, I’m going to tell you that"

If you haven’t heard or read about the ongoing controversy by radio personality Don Imus, please read the story on CNN, MSNBC or NY Times.

In short the controversy is in regard to Imus’ reference to the Rutgers Women Basketball team as nappy-headed whores. Coming slightly short of what he in fact meant: Nigger whores.

As is with routine in the US, he will apologize profusely and repeatedly. He is scheduled to appear on the Al Sharpton Show. He will most likely visit the Rutgers team and perhaps make a donation in the name of good will.

Meanwhile his employers will wait to see whether he survives this storm before making a decision on whether to fire him. My bet is that he keeps his job.

Truth of the matter though is that Imus represents the opinion of a certain group of Americans who still do not buy into the whole idea of ‘nappy-headed folks’ being equal.

What society continues to do is to mask this reality by superficially punishing those who expose it.

Leaders like Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will organize parades against Imus. All media will condemn Imus’ remarks. It will be a well orchestrated show of the world against racist jerks, exhibit a: Don Imus.

And while this choreographed episode unfolds the issue at heart will remain silent. Despite gains by the civil rights movement, America today remains quite racist.

There are no facts or figures to show feelings but repeated outburst like this one by Imus continue to sustain this truth.

What America has adopted is a defensive mechanism against dealing with racism: in that it is okay to be racist as long as one does not make it public.

In the end American society continues to shortchange itself by ignoring the fact that America is still sternly divided on race.

Imus explains his reference to ‘nappy headed whores’ as a good joke gone bad. I refer to it as a jolt of reality. A poignant dose of truth.

The bible advises us not to judge but my God given wisdom screams RACIST.

America needs to wake up!

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18 thoughts on “Imus: "That’s some nappy-headed hos there, I’m going to tell you that"

  1. I have just been reading about this and what can I say?

    You are so right, rehab, half-felt apology, Al-Sharpton will say some shit and in the end, nothing will happen………

  2. Despicable, abhorrent, inexcusable … the list runs long and wrong … I am constantly amazed at the almost sadistic penchant of human beings to irk each other!! Perhaps the sighting of aliens is the only that will compel humans that we are all more alike than different!! Hopefully it won’t be too late …

  3. did u see him on Al Sharpton’s show? C, I think the problem with folks like Imus isn’t so much that they are bold enough to say some of this shit on air, but its that they represent so many Americans. I was off the school of thought that racial prejudice, especially in integrated cities and work places are not as bad as they used to be. Well, not so. My family is very mixed so I have a cousin, who doesn’t look black at all, and she hears the worst racist comments ever!!! Sometimes she speaks up, but it happens too many times, its exhausting for her. She thought things would change the older she grew, but the comments just get more vile. She even went on a date with a jamaa once who took her to a “white power concert.” Lets just say she never saw the jamaa again.

    Well, and then of course there is the sexist part of the statement. And he is not alone. Didn’t CNN’s Glenn Beck call Hillary Clinton a **tch?

  4. When it comes to race, the States has a very very long way to go. Be in the wrong place at the right time and you will hear the most shocking things I tell you!
    But at the end of the day after all the hullabaloo I can bet you that this man will still have his show. In America as long as you dont say it aloud, anything goes!

  5. @movie buff…like you said nothing will happen. Ati 2 weeks suspension, now that will heal the wounds of racism.

    @mwangi, I think for some white people they would rather live with aliens than black folks.

    @majonzi, see why racism is still prominent in all of America’s society is because no one cares enough to address it.

    Black Americans are happy for a half-felt apology and white America is eager to move away from the whole discussion.

  6. When any apology has qualification it is no apology at all….

    just saw the press conference, smh at this now being hip hops fault…lol.
    can’t wait to see what oreils will say…

  7. So much for freedom of speech and thought… Don Imus has every right to hold and express his inane opinions as does every other racist across the world. To demand that they apologise for their beliefs or that they be taken off air is just censorship in another guise. You don’t like what they are saying, switch channels.

  8. @Aco, couldn’t agree more, that is exactly how America is: it is Okay to be racist as long as you don’t say it out loud!

    @Aegeus, at least the Kramer guy is an idiot has been. Don Imus represents a good part of America. It’s sad and unfortunate.

    @Msanii, the backlash on hip hop for any mishap is a million times more harsh that what Imus is going through.

  9. @ Gathara,

    You must not be aware that there are limitations to freedom of expression and speech.

    This limitation is not the same as censorship. Read Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks”

    Nappy-Headed Ho’s – is a dishonoring statement and an attack on the reputation of the young women of Rutgers University.

    There are instances where one can defend freedom of speech and expression; but I am sorry this is one of those instances.

    http://www.hrcr.org/docs/universal_decl.html#12

  10. I’m so sick of the media and blowing up storos and further allowing derogatory perps to ‘RISE’. Americans KILL me to the core with dbl stds and the overplayed race card. Everyone knows that Imus is who he is and that his insults/loose mouth traverses over any which group of persons…for this to be taken to the extent that it has is utterly preposterous in my opinion.
    Words don’t and should never define who we are and what we stand for and to give him this much publicity is utterly disgusting to me…ok I’m done now.

  11. I do not believe in racism, tribalism, or any ism for that matter. These are simply social constructs aimed at division along imagined differences. Quite often, they obscure the real issue.

    I have condemned his comments in my earlier post and I still insist that the impact of those comments can be dissected from a purely non “racial” perspective

    The media in this country is not constructive at all for these purposes, or any for that matter. Their chief interest is impact, and it’s sad that Americans now let the media think for them.

  12. @Quintessence, I do agree words cannot define who we are, however how else does society deal with issues such as racism if discriminative remarks are not addressed.

    Problem with the media is that they put so much focus on the characters involved ignoring on purpose to deal with the real issues.

    @Mwangi, does it mean that you non belief in racism implies that there is no prejudice or discrimination based on race? Please explain.

    And true, America’s reliance on media to think for them explains very well their ignorance.

  13. 3n,
    Why don’t you consider this:

    In 1988, in the case of Hustler Magazine, Inc. et al. v. Jerry Falwell, the SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES held:

    In order to protect the free flow of ideas and opinions on matters of public interest and concern, the First and Fourteenth Amendments prohibit public figures and public officials from recovering damages for the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress by reason of the publication of a caricature such as the ad parody at issue without showing in addition that the publication contains a false statement of fact which was made with “actual malice,” i.e., with knowledge that the statement was false or with reckless disregard as to whether or not it was true. The State’s interest in protecting public figures from emotional distress is not sufficient to deny First Amendment protection to speech that is patently offensive and is intended to inflict emotional injury when that speech could not reasonably have been interpreted as stating actual facts about the public figure involved.

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