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!