Imus states that he ‘wasn’t thinking racial’ when he uttered the now infamous phrase, and I believe him. Because a phrase like ‘nappy headed ho’ has entered the common vernacular, through it’s use in popular rap music, comedy and mass media. It really just rolled off his tongue.
And of course any rational intelligent soul knows that Sharpton, Jackson and the like will jump on any Publicity Train to serve their own self interests. What horrible specimens of elder statesmen, they really are an embarrassment and have done nothing to improve race relations or the African American community -but I bet they do pretty well for themselves.
If they are going to demand that Imus lose his job over this, I believe they should also protest any time Ludacris, 50-Cent or any ‘gangsta’ rap artist release an album, and demand that their respective labels drop them from their roster. The vile base mentality that they spew from their music (along with any ‘gangta rap artist’) has done more to erode common decency in popular culture than just about anything in the last 2 decades. It’s time to steer the ship around.
And as far as the Imus vs. Michael Richards thing goes, I believe Richards’ rant was truly angry, bitter and from a place of latent bigotry. Imus was just speaking the common tongue of modern American culture.
Let’s hope we can steer the Big Ship around folks, and reclaim some dignity for the greater good of society – let’s leave the ‘Ghetto speak’ behind -that means you too, ‘Phity-Cent’.