Imus, Sharpton and Jackson
Jason Whitlock, an AOL sports columnist, on the Don Imus incident and why Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have no moral authority in criticizing his statement:
None of this over-the-top grandstanding does Black America any
We can’t win the war over verbal disrespect and racism when we have
so obviously and blatantly surrendered the moral high ground on the issue. Jesse
and Al might win the battle with Imus and get him fired or severely neutered.
But the war? We don’t stand a chance in the war. Not when everybody knows
“nappy-headed ho’s” is a compliment compared to what we allow black rap artists
to say about black women on a daily basis.
We look foolish and cruel for kicking a man who went on Sharpton’s radio
show and apologized. Imus didn’t pull a Michael Richards and schedule an
interview on Letterman. Imus went to the Black vice president’s house,
acknowledged his mistake and asked for forgiveness.
Let it go and let God.
We have more important issues to deal with than Imus. If we are unwilling
to clean up the filth and disrespect we heap on each other, nothing will change
with our condition. You can fire every Don Imus in the country, and our
incarceration rate, fatherless-child rate, illiteracy rate and murder rate will
still continue to skyrocket.
A man who doesn’t respect himself wastes his breath demanding that others
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