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Something to think about. [NWS!]

just food for thought.. .someone's which happen to also be my own.




Imus isn’t 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. You’ve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.

You’ve 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.

You’ve 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 it’s 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.

The bigots win again.

While we’re fixated on a bad joke cracked by an irrelevant, bad shock jock, I’m sure at least one of the marvelous young women on the Rutgers basketball team is somewhere snapping her fingers to the beat of 50 Cent’s or Snoop Dogg’s or Young Jeezy’s latest ode glorifying nappy-headed pimps and hos.

I ain’t saying Jesse, Al and Vivian are gold-diggas, but they don’t 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.

It’s 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.

I’m 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 didn’t do anything outside the norm for shock jocks and comedians. He also offered an apology. That should’ve been the end of this whole affair. Instead, it’s only the beginning. It’s 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, we’re supposed to believe that the comments of a man with virtually no connection to the sports world ruined Rutgers’ 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 don’t listen or watch Imus’ 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 it’s cool to be a baby-daddy rather than a husband and a parent? Does he tell his listeners that they’re suckers for pursuing education and that they’re selling out their race if they do?

When Imus does any of that, call me and I’ll get upset. Until then, he is what he is — a washed-up shock jock who is very easy to ignore when you’re 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. There’s no money and lots of danger in that battle, so Jesse and Al are going to sit it out.

To reach Jason Whitlock, call (816) 234-4869 or send e-mail to [email protected]. For previous columns, go to KansasCity.com
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indeed my friend. same thing i've been trying to explain to all my co-workers...


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I tend to agree with him.
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I have other issues on race that bother me too.........

What if I founded the "Miss White America Pageant" -miss black america-

Why isn't there a "United Caucasian College Fund" -united negro college fund-

What would people say if I started a Fraternaty that was strictly for Whites Only... (there are all black fraternaties)

Even the association that is designed to advance african americans in society named themselves the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Poeple..(NAACP) If I were a "Celebrity" and called an african american person Colored I would most likely end up on the news somewhere with someone saying I was a racist...........

I think everyone is WAY TOO TOUCHY on this topic.... we all need to relax and understand that people speak differently and that people may say things that you find offensive.....deal with it...move on.....
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I have other issues on race that bother me too.........

What if I founded the "Miss White America Pageant" -miss black america-

Why isn't there a "United Caucasian College Fund" -united negro college fund-

What would people say if I started a Fraternaty that was strictly for Whites Only... (there are all black fraternaties)

Even the association that is designed to advance african americans in society named themselves the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Poeple..(NAACP) If I were a "Celebrity" and called an african american person Colored I would most likely end up on the news somewhere with someone saying I was a racist...........

I think everyone is WAY TOO TOUCHY on this topic.... we all need to relax and understand that people speak differently and that people may say things that you find offensive.....deal with it...move on.....

ive asked myself that many many times... btw nice sig *rep* if thats jail bait, call me R.kelly!
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ive asked myself that many many times... btw nice sig *rep* if thats jail bait, call me R.kelly!
why? you wanna piss on her?
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I have other issues on race that bother me too.........

What if I founded the "Miss White America Pageant" -miss black america-

Why isn't there a "United Caucasian College Fund" -united negro college fund-

What would people say if I started a Fraternaty that was strictly for Whites Only... (there are all black fraternaties)

Even the association that is designed to advance african americans in society named themselves the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Poeple..(NAACP) If I were a "Celebrity" and called an african american person Colored I would most likely end up on the news somewhere with someone saying I was a racist...........

I think everyone is WAY TOO TOUCHY on this topic.... we all need to relax and understand that people speak differently and that people may say things that you find offensive.....deal with it...move on.....
It's the what can I get out of it mentality... they all want some sort of payment... or attention

but i don't think black people are alone in this... I think a very LARGE population (maybe even the majority) are all in it for themselves... and if the chance arrived... they'd shoot for their 15minutes of fame and a quick buck...

I honestly think this is gonna be the death of the US
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I concur also!
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tater.....nice....


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why? you wanna piss on her?
well no... not piss no... but i'd sure sssssssssssssssssssssssskeet skeet skeet skeet skeeet skeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeett on her till she says "oh ye ye me lov u lon time!"
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well no... not piss no... but i'd sure sssssssssssssssssssssssskeet skeet skeet skeet skeeet skeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeett on her till she says "oh ye ye me lov u lon time!"

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I can go on and on about this race thing but I choose not to ......great article though!
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indeed my friend. same thing i've been trying to explain to all my co-workers...


wish more people thought like this guy.
This article is brilliant... Keep on pushing this line of thought...

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I have other issues on race that bother me too.........

What if I founded the "Miss White America Pageant" -miss black america-

Why isn't there a "United Caucasian College Fund" -united negro college fund-

What would people say if I started a Fraternaty that was strictly for Whites Only... (there are all black fraternaties)

Even the association that is designed to advance african americans in society named themselves the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Poeple..(NAACP) If I were a "Celebrity" and called an african american person Colored I would most likely end up on the news somewhere with someone saying I was a racist...........

I think everyone is WAY TOO TOUCHY on this topic.... we all need to relax and understand that people speak differently and that people may say things that you find offensive.....deal with it...move on.....
My problem is that some people want to hold others accountable for the actions of people who lived 50 or 250 years ago...

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but i don't think black people are alone in this... I think a very LARGE population (maybe even the majority) are all in it for themselves... and if the chance arrived... they'd shoot for their 15minutes of fame and a quick buck...

I honestly think this is gonna be the death of the US
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I can go on and on about this race thing but I choose not to ......great article though!
I'd love to hear it... I am fairly certain that we are all mature enough not to let it
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This article is brilliant... Keep on pushing this line of thought...



My problem is that some people want to hold others accountable for the actions of people who lived 50 or 250 years ago...



You know I do...



Beware the worship of false idols...



I'd love to hear it... I am fairly certain that we are all mature enough not to let it


Not only 250 years ago, but howmany black people can actually trace their heritage and SHOW that their ancesters were slaves? a lot of people just jump on the bandwagon when they JUST got off the boat.
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I concur
Personally, i believe the race card should be shuffled out of the deck, seems like when anything controversial comes up, blam out comes the race card. I don't understand the reasoning, seems more of a "rally the troops" tactic than a legitimate defense.

Personally i think that most of controversial issues have nothing to do with racism and more of just pure ignorance and arrogance of the speaker. Also, if everyone would get over the "im insulted look at me" agenda, we'd probably have a whole lot less controversies.

Everything must be perfectly spoken, perfectly said so nobody would be offended. Lets stop concerning ourselves with words, and more of the tone and the true meaning of a statement. And lets take into consideration what confronting is going to accomplish, is it worth the time, the energy, the air time. I believe that Imus was wrong and is an ignorant loser, (hes a shock jock- who cares about him anyway?!) and his actions didnt deserve so much publicity. It just wasnt necessary, take words as with a grain of salt. This leads me to another more deeper problem with the news media... but i wont go off into that ...

Basically my point is as a culture lets just simmah down nah and not take evrything as a personal attack.
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Not sure why you titled the thread NWS but great article.





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I'd love to hear it... I am fairly certain that we are all mature enough not to let it
I'm not.



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That is a great artical...

I had a dream where Al and Jesse didn't say a word...



and to share a funny story...

I was at my Uncles house and the 'Rev' Jesse Jackson called and me nephue answered the phone on speaker. He said "hello" and Jesse (in his most famous and obnosus way) said "This is the Reverend Jesse...Jackson" my nepheu replyied in the most memorable way ever... he said "So".
I had to leave the room so not to let them hear me laughing so hard, I'll tell you I'll never forget that moment.
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