Apology time is here. Don "I'm a good person" Imus apologized again this morning for his racist, sexist, offensive remarks regarding the Rutgers Women's Basketball team. (See my previous post for details.) He's scheduled to appear on Al Sharpton's radio program today and his networks are promising to keep a closer eye on him.
I spoke this morning about the origins of the word Nappy on the Brian Lehrer show and why it is so fraught with meaning. I also publicly wondered why Imus would even know about this word unless he's got an in with some Black people. But the biggest question in my mind is still...
WHY IS THIS MAN STILL ON THE RADIO?
Many callers on the Brian Lehrer show thought Imus should basically be forgiven because he's an equal opportunity racist and because he does nice things for kids with cancer. Besides the fact that that is using really faulty logic, we don't let other radio personalities and tv hosts get away with such talk so why is Imus any different? Wendy Williams was suspended from the airwaves for an entire year after she said a certain hip hop superstar was gay. And other urban radio hosts/shock jocks have also been fired over crude, offensive remarks. And they deserved it. But so does Imus. Oh yeah, but he's White. Is that the difference?
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