Did Mel Gibson’s despicable comments about Jewish people prevent movie goers from attending his last movie? Not much. Was his movie considered for academy award contention? Yes. Was there outrage? Yes, there was some, and rightfully so.
How many insulting remarks have been made against many ethnic groups by well known individuals who managed to survive?
Don Imus made a regrettable comment referring to female black basketball players as nappy haired hoes. Yesterdays played-out black leaders – Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton – are at the gate screaming, “Off with his Head.” Do they reflect the black sensibility? The Rutgers Women Basketball Team are expressing their rightful indignation and will receive more apologetic pandering from the much humiliated and humbled Imus.
Who remembers the Tawana Brawley debacle that began in 1987? After an incredibly painful episode, it was eventually thrown out of court by a grand jury for lack of credibility. Al Sharpton led the charge, ruined some innocent lives, and never apologized. It was a humiliating chapter in Black politics. The self-righteous Mr. Sharpton never skipped a beat. He was, after all, a black man who continues to demand eternal recompense for the evils of slavery. Slavery will never be alright, nor should we ever forget. But, we must move on, cognizant of our past insults; for tomorrow is another day.
I’m afraid this is selective grandstanding around an unfortunate insulting remark that Imus has profusely apologized for. What about rap music? Have you listened to the repetitive words that encourage violence against women? The statistics tell us that such female brutality takes place every day in this country. We need not focus on the Middle East to find egregious instances of this outrage.
The guy made a mistake. He apologized. He got docked for two weeks. What more do they want? They want his head, along with his career. They want to profoundly punish him. Teach us all a lesson we will never forget. Do I dare say that Blacks have us in a politically correct vice that is so tight we can barely breathe. I’m not supposed to say that, I know. But why do listeners tune in to the likes of an Imus or Howard Stern? Could it be they crave candor and bold observations wrapped in insulting commentary because we are forbidden from engaging in honest dialogue. Some obviously find it titillating because it’s forbidden to express real feelings. This is not to suggest Imus’s prattle was worthwhile or responsible. We know better then that. But, it is to say that there is a need for these outlets or why else would these radio jocks be so popular.
Seriously, there are a lot more truly insufferable things to get upset about. How about those two young girls who were killed in a vehicular accident by an illegal immigrant who had already broken the law and should have been deported? Where is the outrage over that? Those girls are dead.
People of color should get real and start dealing with the serious problems inherent in their culture. They should also celebrate their profound accomplishments and progress clearly in evidence. These blame-game tactics are wearing thin and are unnecessary. They no longer need to resort to strategies that inflict bullying and intimidation. They’ve come too far for that.
Don Imus has learned his lesson. We all have. Let him get back to what he does. His public awaits his return.