Imus utterance – just speaking the language of the day

The recent uproar over the ‘Imus nappy headed ho’ comment has generated a lot of buzz. I commented over at Time.com on this issue, but what I believe we have here is an example of ‘Ghetto Nation’.

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’.

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2 responses to “Imus utterance – just speaking the language of the day

  1. Lamar Guttman

    Using “Ghetto Nation” as an explanation to excuse Imus’ language is grasping at straws at the very least. I’ve work with many people of many cultures and never have I encoutered someone who don’t live in the “hood” speaking it’s language as venacular. How many adult white males refer to diamonds as ‘bling’? Just because new pharases are constantly entering the venacular, one doesn’t adpot to using it like it’s the new phrase of the week. Whatever happened to basic common sense?? Even if you live in the ghetto, you don’t have to be of it. So what’s the excuse when you are not even exposed to it? Blame it on the entertainment?? The rap music, the videos? How many rap cd’s do you think Imus exposed himself to before it became acceptable to combine ‘nappy hoes’ as venacular?
    It’s not racism on Imus part, it’s simple stupidity.

  2. On the contrary, I do believe this is relevant. Even on CNN today there was a Video Clip report from David Mattingly stating quote “Remarks by radio host Don Imus are similar to language used everyday.”
    I am not condoning what Imus said, I am pointing out that this has indeed become common language and that I feel it is important as a Nation, regardless of color, to try to reverse the trend.
    The point of ‘Ghetto Nation’ book is that this type of language has seeped into every day use insidiously, and with complacency. We hear it constantly in music and on TV, on The Real Word and in music videos.
    My point is that although these words have become common place, we certainly must not resort to using them as a matter of course. (I never, ever refer to diamonds as ‘Bling’, I think it’s tacky and that is one of my pet peeve words I would like to see fall by the wayside).

    I hope I’m making sense here….

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