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Evorgleb

If anyone cares to read it, One of our writers on Highbrid Nation actually worked wit Imus over the last few years at WFAN and had some really interesting things to say about the whole situation with Imus and he also has some inside info that the media hasn't mentioned about the whole story.

Pall Stanley

Imus, a name not recollected from the past other than images of a bush mopped with curly hair with headsets and microphone, talking with his head facing downward. Now the ugly face of the one Imus talk show host is obviously playing the controversy game. Be that as it may, there are rap lyrics and videos projecting a much worse image of black women.

Where are the so called leaders protesting the music industry regarding the negative image of black women? With black women being the most oppressed gender and race in the world, where is the protest against the slave trade in Africa? The buying and selling of young West African women being sold to wealthy people in Europe and elsewhere in the world today, Where is Al and Jesse?

Getting outraged about Imus and giving more free exposure and or publicity is self defeating. Protesting the network stations is not the solution, how about protesting the drug dealers in the hood? How about protesting inner cities that continue to close recreation centers, libraries, and schools, while allocating funds into building more youth penal facilities and prisons continue to be a booming business?

Giving Imus this much attention is what he wants, suspension is only a vacation period for Mr. Imus and the ratings continue to rise. Black women continue to be degraded mostly by there own, including other black women. In addition, young black women continue to undervalue themselves as they fashion there bodies in the street and in the media including music videos.

How about protesting the mothers and or aunts or grandmothers that continue to accept drug money into there homes and allow there boys to sell drugs while living under there roofs? Whats being said about that? How about those same women in the hood prostituting there teenage daughters to older men? Better yet, young boys they allow to sleep with there girl friends and in some cases, the mothers are sleeping with there own sons also.

It sounds sick, but it is real. I live in Baltimore, and I know this is not the only city this stuff happens, please. Boys today are just as likely to be molested as the girls. Protesting Imus and his comments and the networks platforming his work is a waste of time. Protesting the root and the fruit of the things that destroy our black women is better.

The root of the problem is so close to home which is the reason why it is easy to attack what Imus says verses what the hip hop rap artist says in songs or in the streets. If you did not know black women and you watched only television shows, music videos, movies, and more, you might view them as sex objects of pleasure.

And worse, you have young black girls that attempt to model the sexy imaging with the means of acquiring attention. The attention might raise there self esteem so called, but it comes at the price, the cost is more damaging to the emotions resulting in a more callus soul. Where is the protest and outrage about how the black women is suffering at the hand of her own. --- Pall Stanley

Rhea

A few weeks off is just a vacation for him. That's no kind of punishment. He is a jerk. But I guess Talk Radio Show Host and Jerk are synonymous. He is sexist and racist. Oh, and ugly, inside and out.

The Sarcasticynic

Maybe he said "Happy Wedded Vogues." Those who believe that the solution to the "Imus" problem is to simply turn him off are not considering one key point. Please visit "If you don't like it, turn it off" at sarcasticynic.blogspot.com if interested.

http://sarcasticynic.blogspot.com/2006/01/if-you-dont-like-it-turn-it-off.html

majonzi

While it is true that Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have been harsh critics of the hip hop industry, I am afraid that no one has come together to boycott them. There has been no aggressive movement by the black population to condemn rappers who disrespect women in their records. This is certainly not an approval of Imus by any means, however, it is clear that there is a lot of conversation that needs to take place.

Sandman

I’m sure Imus is sincere in his apology, but most people when caught doing something wrong are remorseful. The people focused on defending his character should put more energy into trying to understand why his comments have stirred a lot of anger esp. among the black community. It is clear that he has done wrong and should be punished; the only question left is how, and will it be some sort of double standard?

I’ve heard read several accusations aimed at Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson saying their criticism of Imus is hypocritical and that they don’t protest rappers who are constantly degrading black women and women in general. For clarification, they have spoken out against these rappers but in all honesty haven’t done as much as they can to highlight this issue.

The main reason a lot of black leaders don’t want to push the rap music issue is that it has become the main source of income for tens of thousands of black men. Black men, some of whom might otherwise realistically find it difficult to get employment in corporate America and might resort to illegal activities for income. These leaders also fear some sort of backlash from these very influential rap celebrities that may cost them some of their standing in the community.

How is Imus to be punished? I am not sure, but I hope whatever punishment he gets would be same had it been a black man we were talking about. Ethics should not be contingent on color, but should be fair, consistent and balanced. Wrong is wrong, lets agree on that and then decide how wrong is to be made right.

Professor Zero

"unable to admit insults to Black folks actually mean something"

Yes, this is key, and this:

"bond of white attitudinal perception and brotherhood"

Good post.

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