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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Imus: The Fallout and the Solution

Imus has lost his gig on MSNBC as a result of the outcry led by Revs. Sharpton and Jackson.

No real surprise in this. Imus has allowed himself to be played like a fiddle by the Revs and has helped them every step of the way. He has continued to insert his foot in his mouth and his codgerly manner has created a most unsympathetic image.

Sharpton and Jackson have become masters of playing the race baiting game and Imus has been a complete pawn in there little game. Remember, these are BOTH men who have made intensely offensive comments against whites and Jews, and were able to escape scott free. So, they not only know how to trap Imus, but they also are able to continue to expose his weaknesses on this front.

Imus only has two option here. One, cease and desist with any commentary. At this point, he can't win. His only other option is to engage representatives of the NofI for his mea culpa.

Jackson and Sharpton are in this for personal gain. To further their agenda and gain attention so as to illicit greater corporate "contributions" to their causes. Dancing before them or trying to stand up to them only emboldens them and draws more attention to them.

Imus should quickly open his studio to a NofI representative. Offer the representative a permanent post on his show. And allow the NofI to facilitate his rehabilitation by gradually imposing their voice on his show. Eventually, with Imus stepping down and giving full creative control to the NofI.

The benefits of this are many fold. Imagine the pain the women of Rutger's basketball team felt as they were gathered around their radio, listening to Imus degrade them. With the NofI controlling the topics of discussion and leading the dialogue, we would be most assured that Imus and his colleagues would never engage in any dialogue which the Negro community would find offensive; as they gather in barber shops and at home to listen to his show.

Additionally, the show would set an example for other shows. What is proper and just to discuss and the terms that would be allowable would be gleaned from the new Imus & the NofI Morning Prayer Show. Guidelines could be set, and eventually, there would be no need for the likes of Jackson and Sharpton dirtying the issues for their personal gain. We'd all already be aware of acceptable speech. Deviations would be dealt with accordingly.

We believe that firing Imus is not the answer. Silencing one man does not create change. It only creates indignation in those that share his treacherous beliefs.

Allowing Imus the opportunity to truly and honorably demonstrate that he isn't racist and that he is willing to try to contribute to a nation that does not institutionally degrade and control Negroes, by allowing the true voice of the Negro to dictate his voice, would be the only path to righteousness in this instance.

And, eventually, the rest of the media could follow his example.

The path to righteousness does not diverge.

This is the only way to mend the fences that Sharpton, Jackson and Imus have created. None of them are victims. And none are righteous. Allow the true righteous victims to create this solution.

9 comments:

Dirty Sanchez said...

You would think Imus would display a little more savvy and known not to dance to the "Reverends'" race baiting tune. Keep low, don't say anything, take your 2 week suspension, and it all blows over. If you give those two ass clowns (I mean, pillars and moral compasses of the black community) any hint of attention or focus, then you are done.

I just think it's funny how everyone (meaning the media) is so wrapped up in this so-called scandal, when the real world honestly could care less. Oh my.. Nappy headed ho's! The scandal, the outrage, such hurtful words! Nevermind that I haven't heard the term nappy headed since Carlton was doing the White Man Dance on Fresh Prince of Belair, this is the most dastardly and racist act of the past 50 years.

A stupid choice of words by Imus, who himself looks like a nappy headed old woman - yes. Worthy of such feigned outrage and indignation that only benefits and emboldens Rev. Brawley and Rev. Hymietown - no.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"A stupid choice of words by Imus, who himself looks like a nappy headed old woman - yes."

Sir, interesting you mention that. We were talking to Michael Irvin and he said he suspects that Imus' great-great grandma received fertilization from a large Negro sharecropper.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Allow the NOFI to reign over all! I offer up my blog in humble adoration! Grant me a comment, or even better yet, a post from thy anointed hands! Err...wait, what were we talking about again? I'm confused.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Allow the NOFI to reign over all! I offer up my blog in humble adoration!"

Sir, what is your blog? We will gladly "right" it.

Al Sharpton said that this isn't over, that he is going to lead a dialogue about what is acceptable and what is not over the airwaves.

We agree with the concept. We just wonder, why does HE get to decide? We feel WE should decide.

And we will.

We will turn off programs that offend us.

Problem solved. "Dialogue" averted.

Anonymous said...

I say good riddance to the old shriveled up bastard. This serves as a lesson that white folks with national platforms cannot ride shotgun spouting off whatever the hell they want against black women, disrespecting black women, who've been historically discriminated against for centuries, with no recourse. Sorry, we can't just let this shit slide or else every privileged white boy with a microphone and daddy connections will think that this shit is "okay".

You will not be given free reign to disrespect black women in sports. I say the white folks who worship black MALE athletes and dedicate thousands and thousands of blogs to them, go door to door and kiss black mothers all over this nation for giving birth to these same black men, instead of disrespecting or defending Imus' "right" to call them nappy headed hos.

Now, this rap shit is another story, for another day. Lately there has been some foul shit happening in the black community and this is just the straw that broke the camel's back. This is one of many conversations that need to happen.

Dee Dee

Martin said...

"This serves as a lesson that white folks with national platforms cannot ride shotgun spouting off whatever the hell they want against black women, disrespecting black women"

Ma'm, I think Stedman would disagree.

Don Imus' great-great grandpa said...

"Imus' great-great grandma received fertilization from a large Negro sharecropper."

Sir, Negro servitude in the Americas was first recorded in the early 17th century. Surely by this time Don Imus' great-great grandma was already dead, as the man appears to be 400 years old all by himself. Perhaps he received it personally.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Surely by this time Don Imus' great-great grandma was already dead, as the man appears to be 400 years old all by himself. Perhaps he received it personally."

Sir, fair enough. We can accept that.

Don Imus was fertilized by a Negro share cropper.

It has a certain flair to it, no?

the truth said...

did anyone really listen to imus anyway