For those who aren't totally up on the latest Don Imus news…
For the others, you know the issue, you know how you feel about it. I'm actually surprised no one's made a post about it yet(if there is one already, let me know, I'll continue in there). But as a black man who seeks to stay close to the truth of the matter, I'd like to give my thoughts. Feel free to agree or disagree.
1) This is not new with Don Imus. He's been lashing out insults in the form of jokes for years. He's made a career of it. No one should be surprised that he had the audacity to call these ladies nappy-headed ho's.
2) The fact that Al Sharpton is making so much noise is nothing new either. He may be right for being upset, but that doesn't change the fact that he has always been an opportunist. He blows everything up concerning race, whether he's right or not. Funny thing though: I don't hear as much noise when it comes to all the rappers who say much worse things about their own race.
3) Something should have been done, but suspension is not the appropriate thing. CBS, the company that Imus works for is the same company that hosted the infamous Janet Jackson/Timberlake wardrobe malfunction. If Janet worked for CBS, there's no doubt she would've given more than a 2-week suspension. If Tim Hardaway got banned from the NBA for his remarks against gays(and rightly so), the same should happen for Imus.
4) Any rapper or entertainment figure out there that's mad at Imus for using derogatory remarks like that, yet makes their money doing the same thing, should just be quiet.
5) Any black man who's mad at Imus for using those words, yet refers to black women in the same manner, should also check themselves. The only difference between you and Imus is he's white and has a mic in front of him for thousands to hear.
6) Imus is apologizing and meeting with the wrong people. He should be meeting with the Rutgers women's team and apologizing to them, or do like Isiah Washington and meet with some major Black female organization and make a general apology to black women, not to Al Sharpton. How is meeting with Al Sharpton going to make it better? If he's looking for forgiveness
7) Imus should've known black people would take that as a personal attack, whether or not they should. He's been in the business long enough to know better.