Where are YOUR apologies, Jesse and Al? General thoughts on Imus and the lacrosse cases

Posted by: ST on April 12, 2007 at 8:40 pm

The Imus controversy couldn’t have happened at a better time for the Democrats’ favorite racist Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. The mediots are so focused on their ‘righteous outrage’ over racial comments Don Imus made about the women’s Rutgers basketball team that they are largely ignoring asking them what their thoughts are on the news that the three lacrosse players whom the Reverends proclaimed as guilty were being cleared of all charges and had been declared “innocent” by the NC Attorney General, citing a rogue Democrat district attorney by the name of Mike Nifong.

There’s no question that this farce of a case fanned the racial flames of this state, and to a certain extent the country, because you had “priveleged” white men (“elitist” lacrosse players, at that!) at a prestigious university accused of raping a ‘poor, down on her luck black stripper.’ The mediots blanketed and planted themselves in the area after the allegations were made. Of course, the in-state media had a field day. One female columnist, Ruth Sheehan from the Raleigh N&O, wrote a piece calling the silence of the lacrosse team ‘sickening’ and accused them of ‘knowing’ what happened that night but ‘refusing to come forward.’ There were ‘anti-hate’ protests all over the place, candlelight vigils were held in support of the ‘victim’, a group of 88 faculty members from Duke University acted as judge and jury within weeks of the allegations, essentially accusing the alleged perps of being guilty of what the accuser, Crystal Gail Mangum, alleged that they did, and the MSM – in particular the New York Times – did their part in stirring up the atmosphere of supposed guilt on the part of the lacrosse players while playing up the race angle. The remainder of the Duke lacrosse team’s season was cancelled, and their coach stepped down. And let’s not forget how this was a reversal of course for the left, who are supposedly “fairness obsessed” (as Glenn Reynolds described it here – hat tip: MD) but who have once again been exposed as hypocrites.

Since this has been the month for calling for ‘apologies’ from alleged racists, I’d say apologies are in order from a multitude of sources who commented on the Duke lacrosse rape case by labelling the players guilty as charged within days of the accusations and who engaged in the practice of ‘soft racism.’ But I’d especially like to hear the apologies from the hardcore racist Reverends, considering how they’ve been front and center in the eye of the Don Imus storm, screaming that comments like Don Imus’ shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere at anytime. I agree they shouldn’t be tolerated, and not just from the mouths of white folks, but racist black Democrats like Sharpton, Jackson, and other race hustlers who make their livings keeping the flames of racial tension burning strong because it lines their pockets.

While we’re at it, I’m eager to hear round house condemnations of rap music by those who are serious about not tolerating violent lyrics which degrade black women, glorify killing authority figures – among others, and laugh at normal lives that don’t involve drugs, drive-bys, and killings. Two weeks ago, two Charlotte police officers were murdered, and the guy suspected of killing them may have been listening to a violent rap song called “Murda Man” the night he allegedly shot the officers. I’m not saying that the music ‘made him’ commit the crimes (if indeed he did do it) but it factors in nevertheless. And I’m not implying we should ban rap music. The free market should speak for itself. Prominent figures white and black need to spread the message that the hatred preached in many rap music songs even less acceptable than some talk show host calling the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos.” Sales of rap music are declining, which is a good thing, but it’s not enough because while sales may be falling, rap music continues to garner ‘artistic praise‘ from some of the same people who would not tolerate that type of outrageous racism, sexism, and violence if they were to witness it – or become a victim of it – personally on the street.

If the people screaming about how evil and disgusting Don Imus supposedly is are truly serious about being offended by such comments and how they have ‘no place’ in public discourse, then their focus needs to be on where the real problem is: in the ‘leadership’ of liberal black organizations like Rainbow/PUSH, the National Action Network – organizations that claim to want to ‘help’ black people – and in the thuggish street culture which thrives in certain segments of the black community.

I was listening to black radio talk show host Michael Baisden this afternoon on the way home and he got it right. He said that if the people who were clapping and cheering after finding out Don Imus had been fired from both MSNBC and CBS felt like the mission was accomplished, then their mission was all wrong because the larger issue in the black community is not Don Imus but instead the tolerance of the types of lyrics (with behavior to match) which make Don Imus look like Mary Poppins.

Columnist Jason Whitlock nails it:

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.

[…]

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.

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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.

Bang on. I found especially interesting his comments about how the Rutgers coach and team handled this. They’ve been widely praised, but my thoughts about them fall along the lines of “are you for real”? Are they really ‘scarred for life’? Does the team really think Imus’ comments ‘ruined’ their season? Please. No one can ‘take away’ your glory without your permission. So Don Imus made a stupid, racist comment. That doesn’t change their season, nor does it make their NCAA run any less magical. These women are champions to their families, friends, college, and a lot of other people and need to stop acting and being portrayed as victims. Be strong, and don’t let punks like Imus get you down.

Oh, BTW – I just heard on CNN that tears were actually shed by some of the Rutgers players while meeting with Don Imus in the Governor’s mansion in NJ tonight. Sheesh.

In any event, could we be seeing the beginnings of a real and honest dialogue on race issues? Let’s not hold our collective breath. We can only hope.

Related: New Black Panther Party ‘general counsel’ and ‘respecter of women’ Malik Shabazz called Michelle Malkin a ‘prostitute’ on tonight’s O’Reilly Factor, where she’s subbing the next couple of days, in a debate about the Duke lacrosse rape case. Also, here’s a clip of Michelle talking to talk-show host Opio Sokoni, who blamed rap music on ……. George Washington.

More: Jon Ham makes a great point. Will Oprah have the three vindicated lacrosse playeres on her show as she did the women’s team from Rutgers?

Fri AM Update: Today’s must-read: Imus, The Duke Boys And Our Bloodlust by Dick Myer

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  • 18 Responses to “Where are YOUR apologies, Jesse and Al? General thoughts on Imus and the lacrosse cases”

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    1. Michelle destroyed Shabazz, showed him for the racist, sexist fool he is. Dude couldn’t even pronounce Nifong’s name correct.

    2. Mwalimu Daudi says:

      So George Washington is responsible for rap music.

      Who knew? I must have missed American history class that day.

    3. Uncle Ruckus says:

      why do people parade clowns like Shabazz, Sharpton and jackson around as leader in the black community? When the majority of the black community despise these people. I was hoping this blog was bigger than that.

    4. Ali says:

      And these are the ones who speak for young black men? These are the sterling examples? Just Damn.

    5. Great White Rat says:

      I saw that segment where the fool from Portland blamed gangsta rap culture on George Washington. That was a jaw-hitting-the-floor moment. Just when you think these race-baiters can’t get further removed from reality and common sense, they manage to outdo themselves.

    6. forest hunter says:

      why do people parade clowns like Shabazz, Sharpton and jackson around as leader in the black community? When the majority of the black community despise these people

      These are self parading pompous fools, Uncle. If the Black community had any hair at all, nappy or not, it would back guys like Thomas Sowell, Bill Cosby and countless others in the name of human decency and understanding. Without any ambiguity, simply tell these lying buffoons on permanent display for the TV cameras to SDASTFU! Stop misleading the youths (read utes- for those assigned to Hymie town) with poisonous cheap political crap!!!

      They remind me of dancing bears. Don’t forget to feed’em or they’ll turn on the nearest Imus in a heartbeat.

    7. Greg Laurich says:

      Wow, I just saw that clip and had to replay it twice because I could not believe what I was watching. Wow you must not have any sense of embarrassment to call a grown woman a whore on national TV. Wait, isn’t that why Imus has no job? Hey double standard anyone? :-?

      As for the two Pharisees, well I better not go there… OH, screw it. I am sick and flipping tired of watching these two parade around like the Pope every time there is an incident that can get blown out of proportion and get them money power and more media exposure. I wish to God someone would remove the title Reverend from their names. They are a disgrace to every good-hearted, honest hard working Pastor, Minister, Reverend, Priest or Preacher in the world. If you want to see living breathing Pharisees look no further than those two.

      The only silver lining is that we are again talking race and the issues with hi hop lyrics are getting brought to the nation’s attention.

    8. Uncle Ruckus says:

      Last I check we as black folks are not pushing cameras in these clowns faces. The only groups who do are the far left, far right and the MSM. Black folks let those clowns ship sail long ago.

    9. Leslie says:

      The best commentary on l’affaire Imus may be found in The New York Post, written by Phil Mushnick.

      LINK

    10. sanity says:

      Doh! Have Democrats shot themselves in the foot?

      [bad analogy – democrats don’t believe in guns]

      Democratic politicians lose a soapbox with Imus

      His show gave many of them a way to reach a national audience of white males — a crucial voting bloc.

      ….

      And today, with Imus’ career in tatters, the fate of the controversial shock jock is stirring quiet but heartfelt concern in an unlikely quarter: among Democratic politicians.

      That’s because, over the years, Democrats such as Ford came to count on Imus for the kind of sympathetic treatment that Republicans got from Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity.

      Equally important, Imus gave Democrats a pipeline to a crucial voting bloc that was perennially hard for them to reach: politically independent white men.

      With Imus’ show canceled indefinitely because of his remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, some Democratic strategists are worried about how to fill the void. For a national radio audience of white men, Democrats see few if any alternatives.

      “This is a real bind for Democrats,” said Dan Gerstein, an advisor to one of Imus’ favorite regulars, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). “Talk radio has become primarily the province of the right, and the blogosphere is largely the province of the left. If Imus loses his microphone, there aren’t many other venues like it around.”

      OK, I broke it here for one reason, this statement really stuck out to me above:

      “Talk radio has become primarily the province of the right, and the blogosphere is largely the province of the left.

      I agree that the right has a good hold on talk radio, but to say that the blogosphere is mainly the province of the left is incorrect and flat out wrong.

      While there may be quite a bit of lefty sites out there, I would say there are just as many if not more right sides sites.

      The other thing that gets me is this:

      If Imus loses his microphone, there aren’t many other venues like it around.”

      This article and Democrat strategist is acting like Imus is a big conduit for Democrats – which is strange since everyone is trying to paint Imus as a Conservative – and even blowhard Olberman did so, saying Rush is next.

      Jim Farrell, a former aide to 2000 presidential candidate and Imus regular Bill Bradley, said the firing “creates a vacuum.”

      This week, when Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) was asked by CNN why he picked Imus’ show to announce his presidential candidacy, Dodd explained: “He’s got a huge audience; he gives you enough time to talk, not a 30-second sound bite, a chance to explain your views; … and a chance to reach the audience who doesn’t always watch the Sunday morning talk shows.”

      Link

      So again, did the Democrats shoot themselves in the foot, closing down another avenue they had to reach a certain voter bloc?

      They have so few conduits for talk radio, which is listened to by a great many people – Imus, by the sounds of it, was a conduit to that voting bloc, which they just helped shut down.

    11. sanity says:

      While team members respected Imus’ willingness to apologize, they wanted him to understand how they were hurt, said Rev. DeForest Soaries, Stringer’s pastor, who joined the meeting. Imus tried to explain what he meant, “but there was really no explanation that they could understand,” Soaries said on NBC’s “Today” show.

      “An apology is appropriate for an insult,” he said. “But restitution is necessary for an injury.”

      Link

      What injury?

      It was insulting and insensitive what Imus said, to this I agree, but injury?

      There were no injury here.

      Any court would throw this out (I would at least hope they would) – since unless it is a demation of character, there is no injury.

      Kindly remove your fingers from his pockets please.

      Perhaps Imus needs to go Satellite like Stern did, and while I am sure that would make Stern very unhappy, it would probably be best for Imus.

    12. Ryan says:

      It’s never gonna end and before long, you won’t be able to say anything without getting sued or fired.

    13. LET’S REVERSE THE SITUATION HERE: If a group of young Black college students were accused of raping a White stripper, and these guys were being railroaded to jail by a corrupt opportunist prosecutor who had NO EVIDENCE of a crime, but was running it threw anyway, what would you all be saying?

      You all know what you would be saying. You would be saying as I would, that situation would be unacceptable and we would call for that prosecutor to be removed and maybe even as far as ask for charges to be filed on the lady perpetrating such a fiction.

      It’s time we stop supporting people just because they happen to be BLACK, this case wasn’t Kosher from the jump, her story had more holes in it than a golf course in Scotland.

    14. DADvocate says:

      “protest like it’s 1965″

      What a great line by Whitlock.

      Jackson and Sharpton are the problem more than the solution. By constantly giving these guys and others like them a podium, the MSM harms race relations more than helps. It’s quite obvious, really.

    15. CZ says:

      Gangsta Rap is helping to keep our prisons in business. And when these thugs get paroled wardens keep the light on ’cause they will be back.

      Instead of following the lead of Bill Cosby, Ward Connerly or Jesse Lee Peterson people follow the likes of Sharpton, Jackson and Shabazz.

      When I hear the question,”Is he black enough?” it makes me vomit.

      The audacity of hope indeed!:-w