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Poseidon 04-11-2007 09:50 PM

Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
http://www.kansascity.com/182/story/66339.html

Imus isnít the real bad guy
Instead of wasting time on irrelevant shock jock, black leaders need to be fighting a growing gangster culture.

By JASON WHITLOCK - Columnist

Thank you, Don Imus. Youíve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.

Youíve given Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson another opportunity to pretend that the old fight, which is now the safe and lucrative fight, is still the most important fight in our push for true economic and social equality.

Youíve given Vivian Stringer and Rutgers the chance to hold a nationally televised recruiting celebration expertly disguised as a news conference to respond to your poor attempt at humor.

Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like itís 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.

The bigots win again.

While weíre fixated on a bad joke cracked by an irrelevant, bad shock jock, Iím sure at least one of the marvelous young women on the Rutgers basketball team is somewhere snapping her fingers to the beat of 50 Centís or Snoop Doggís or Young Jeezyís latest ode glorifying nappy-headed pimps and hos.

I ainít saying Jesse, Al and Vivian are gold-diggas, but they donít have the heart to mount a legitimate campaign against the real black-folk killas.

It is us. At this time, we are our own worst enemies. We have allowed our youths to buy into a culture (hip hop) that has been perverted, corrupted and overtaken by prison culture. The music, attitude and behavior expressed in this culture is anti-black, anti-education, demeaning, self-destructive, pro-drug dealing and violent.

Rather than confront this heinous enemy from within, we sit back and wait for someone like Imus to have a slip of the tongue and make the mistake of repeating the things we say about ourselves.

Itís embarrassing. Dave Chappelle was offered $50 million to make racially insensitive jokes about black and white people on TV. He was hailed as a genius. Black comedians routinely crack jokes about white and black people, and we all laugh out loud.

Iím no Don Imus apologist. He and his tiny companion Mike Lupica blasted me after I fell out with ESPN. Imus is a hack.

But, in my view, he didnít do anything outside the norm for shock jocks and comedians. He also offered an apology. That shouldíve been the end of this whole affair. Instead, itís only the beginning. Itís an opportunity for Stringer, Jackson and Sharpton to step on victim platforms and elevate themselves and their agenda$.

I watched the Rutgers news conference and was ashamed.

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke for eight minutes in 1963 at the March on Washington. At the time, black people could be lynched and denied fundamental rights with little thought. With the comments of a talk-show host most of her players had never heard of before last week serving as her excuse, Vivian Stringer rambled on for 30 minutes about the amazing season her team had.

Somehow, weíre supposed to believe that the comments of a man with virtually no connection to the sports world ruined Rutgersí wonderful season. Had a broadcaster with credibility and a platform in the sports world uttered the words Imus did, I could understand a level of outrage.

But an hourlong press conference over a man who has already apologized, already been suspended and is already insignificant is just plain intellectually dishonest. This is opportunism. This is a distraction.

In the grand scheme, Don Imus is no threat to us in general and no threat to black women in particular. If his words are so powerful and so destructive and must be rebuked so forcefully, then what should we do about the idiot rappers on BET, MTV and every black-owned radio station in the country who use words much more powerful and much more destructive?

I donít listen or watch Imusí show regularly. Has he at any point glorified selling crack cocaine to black women? Has he celebrated black men shooting each other randomly? Has he suggested in any way that itís cool to be a baby-daddy rather than a husband and a parent? Does he tell his listeners that theyíre suckers for pursuing education and that theyíre selling out their race if they do?

When Imus does any of that, call me and Iíll get upset. Until then, he is what he is ó a washed-up shock jock who is very easy to ignore when youíre not looking to be made a victim.

No. We all know where the real battleground is. We know that the gangsta rappers and their followers in the athletic world have far bigger platforms to negatively define us than some old white man with a bad radio show. Thereís no money and lots of danger in that battle, so Jesse and Al are going to sit it out.

GOBB 04-11-2007 09:52 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
Already posted...try going to the off court forum some time.

Thanks.

Kblaze8855 04-11-2007 09:53 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
Ive not read a word hes written since he claimed Lance Armstrong wasnt a real athlete and if he was he wasnt an elite one. Some things are just too stupid for me to give you a second chance.

Younggrease 04-11-2007 09:53 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
This is one of the rare times I agree with Jason Whitlock.

Poseidon 04-11-2007 09:53 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GOBB
Already posted...try going to the off court forum some time.

Thanks.


Well it's worth reading again. My bad though.

TheHonestTruth 04-11-2007 09:54 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
This is the first time he wrote a great article. Props.

Poseidon 04-11-2007 09:55 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kblaze8855
Ive not read a word hes written since he claimed Lance Armstrong wasnt a real athlete and if he was he wasnt an elite one. Some things are just too stupid for me to give you a second chance.


Who cares about cycling? Dude is dropping knowledge and you refuse to read it because of what he said about some steroid freak with one nutter? Wow.

Da KO King 04-11-2007 09:55 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
How shocking Jason Whitlock attacking Rap music when it has nothing to do with the issue.

GOBB 04-11-2007 09:56 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
There is no comparison with rappers and what Imus said. And Sharpton/Jessie Jackson have spoken out against rappers and thier usage of language/lyrical content. As did the late C Delores Tucker.

DatZNasty 04-11-2007 09:57 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
As a person in the media he can't really be that misinformed, can he? Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton both have continually made efforts to clean up rap music and attack the problem from our own backyard as he put it. When some random ass non- blacks (like this dude on Youtube with a mile long gap in his teeth), make statements like that it's fairly understable, because you figure no way would they know what's going on in terms of the black community because all they have is what biased news sources like Fox News tell them (and they're not going to talk about things like the Hip Hop Summit, or people like Michael Eric Dyson, Tavis Smiler, or hell even Tom Joyner), but for someone like Whitlock who is both African American and a member of the national media to be so uninformed is inexcusable (or of course he's pushing his own agenda).

GOBB 04-11-2007 09:59 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DatZNasty
As a person in the media he can't really be that misinformed, can he? Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton both have continually made efforts to clean up rap music and attack the problem from our own backyard as he put it. When some random ass non- blacks (like this dude on Youtube with a mile long gap in his teeth), make statements like that it's fairly understable, because you figure no way would they know what's going on in terms of the black community because all they have is what biased news sources like Fox News tell them (and they're not going to talk about things like the Hip Hop Summit, or people like Michael Eric Dyson, Tavis Smiler, or hell even Tom Joyner), but for someone like Whitlock who is both African American and a member of the national media to be so uninformed is inexcusable (or of course he's pushing his own agenda).



:applause:

Poseidon 04-11-2007 10:02 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GOBB
There is no comparison with rappers and what Imus said. And Sharpton/Jessie Jackson have spoken out against rappers and thier usage of language/lyrical content. As did the late C Delores Tucker.


When have Sharpton or Jackason EVER protested outside Snoop Dogg's recording company? Where were they with their protest signs when 50 Cent was releasing a new album? I guess it's cool for BLACK people to call BLACK women "b*tches" and "h0's" right?

Xsatyr 04-11-2007 10:03 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Da KO King
How shocking Jason Whitlock attacking Rap music when it has nothing to do with the issue.


Music describes people's culture to some extent and rap music at the moment is pretty embarrassing. His point is that there is a bigger enemy to blacks and that is their own people and to often they blame others, like THE MAN!

fatboy11 04-11-2007 10:04 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
Did Sharpton or Jackson ever show up at a rapper's studio to talk to them about what they are doing?

I'm just asking. I don't know. I know they showed up at Imus' radio station, though. :confusedshrug:

i seen hippos 04-11-2007 10:04 PM

Re: Jason Whitlock speaks the TRUTH!!! (article -- MUST READ)
 
I commend anyone who actually tries to help out those in their community or any disadvantaged people, but there comes a time when you can't point to those things anymore to excuse Sharpton and Jackson.

It's like me donating billions of dollars and donating my limbs to other people and then calling black people racially insensitive names...unless you think I would get a free pass....then yes, Sharpton and Jackson should be hailed.


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