Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Imus And Sharpton. What A Pair.

The racial activist folks are going wild over the Don Imus comments. While trying my best to find other topics in the news this and Anna Nicole's baby seem to dominate. One thing I've ascertained over the past few days is this - outrage over "racism" is a one way street. It is clearly racism since Imus is an ugly white guy and his targets were mostly black (not all the team is black by the way). The Rev. Al was quick to pounce as you can imagine. He has been remarkably quiet when the "rappers", now known as hip hop artists, use the same language in reference to the black women.

But, we can't say the same of Shaun Powell. He says,

Tell me: Where did an old white guy like Imus learn the word "ho"?Was that
always part of his vocabulary? Or did he borrow it from Jay-Z and Dave Chappelle
and Snoop Dogg?What really disappointed me about that exhausting Rutgers news
conference, which was slyly used as a recruiting pitch by Stringer, was the
absence of the truth and the lack of backbone and courage. Black women had the
perfect opportunity to lash out at their most dangerous oppressors -- black men
-- and yet they kept the focus on a white guy.

Of course Snoop and the boyz say rap lyrics aren't comparable because they refer to THEIR thoughts and ideas from THEIR hood and it's THEIR hos out there. Idiocy? Ol' BC will let each decide that on his own.

I have heard a couple of other thoughts lately while running through news and sports talk shows on the tube and radio. How about this?

Is Rev. Al going to make a rapid trek to North Carolina to apologize to the Duke lacrosse players whom he berated and convicted publicly now that it turns out there was no criminal activity (as most people said from the start)? Will he have them on his radio show to apologize? How about Jesse?

Jesse who called New York "himeytown?" Yep. That's him. No outrage there.

Or this. Is the Yankee announcer's home run call of "an A-bomb by A-Rod" insensitive to all the Japanese players in the majors now? Is it hurting their feelings? How about if he launches one against "Dice-K"? Is it in bad taste then? Is it in bad taste every time?

Here's where I hope we are - at the acme of lunacy. Let's hope the pendelum swings back to some level of common sense where free speech if concerned, for all of us, not just militants and minorities. Imus said nothing hateful. He's a shock jock and bad taste has been his m.o. a lot like Stern. This era of ultra-sensitivity is getting really old really quickly.

Remember when "sticks and stones can break my bones..."? Those days may be gone forever.

Just an observation.


At 8:05 AM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Well, I don't think you can really debate that his words should not have been tolerated. It has raised some interesting social issues, however.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

That it has and yes, there should be no debate on his words being tolerated. Maybe the black community will change voices from Rev. Al and Jesse. They have no interest in harmony. They don't want blacks to prosper, at least by their actions. For some reason, those two don't think much of Cosby, Whitlock, Powell, etal who preach a message of self improvement and independence.

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

As usual, these situations are purely reactive in nature, and as things go they never address the root issues of the problems. Therefore they never propose viable solutions either. Firing Imus will do nothing but further polarize the issue.

As I have always said, the more a group cries out about their inequality, the further they proceed in cementing their inequality. The answer is just as you paraphrase Cosby. Become powerful, then be seen. Become a role model.

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

There should be a name for things like that. Econ has the razor's edge. What about sociology?

At 7:13 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

I'm not sure that I've ever heard anyone talk about this phenomenon but me! It is one of my pet theories, that is, claiming unequal treatment having the result of further defining your inequality. I guess the only word I can think of for it is irony!

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

The Beef theory. Actually, I think it has so much merit and we have discussed it previously. But, I think it tends to be the rule, not the exception. I'll refer to it as the Beef theory unless granted authority to use the originator's name by the originator (that would be you).

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

There you go! Beef theory is fine! Or Beefalicious Theory. Or Beef-a-roni. Wait, I think that one's taken... ;)

At 12:53 AM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

the more a group cries out about their inequality, the further they proceed in cementing their inequality.

For once I agree with you, Beef.

Strangely, though, this only seems to apply with regard to those favored by liberals ... When white males call attention to it, it doesn't seem to have much of an effect ...

Just a thought...



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