Imus just could not apologize enough. CBS announced Thursday that it has fired Don Imus from his radio program, following a week of uproar over the radio host’s derogatory comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. ((CBSNEWS)) This was expected and should not be shocking as I mentioned in a previous post. If our culture is leading towards a seeker-sensitive market, then what is the use of the radio air waves? Whatever happened to free speech?
Christians like myself find Imus disturbing and just another display of liberal idiocy, but he is not the center of the problem. He is just a tool for the pseudo “reverends.” They need one more example to propound their spurious idea that they are still victims.
Perhaps the greatest outcome of this entire situation is the lucid analysis of a black columnist named Jason Whitlock from Kansas City.com. Jason begins his column summarizing what all of us (particularly non-whites) in the Libertarian camp have been saying for a long time:”You’ve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem…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 necessarythan eradicating our self-hatred.” ((Jason Whitlock))
The black community (this community does not represent all blacks as Whitlock makes clear) is still plagued by the 1965 virus and until they heal that virus, they will continue to depend on the day to day groceries from mother government. But is the real problem Don Imus? Is there something intrinsic in these blacks that Jesse Jackson fights for that hinders them from becoming productive citizens? I am so enamored by Whitlock’s piece that I will quote it once more:
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?
Imus’ remarks pale in comparison to the innumerable murders of innocent children in the womb in these communities, it pales in comparison to drug lords who catechize their young ones to see women as objects of pleasure, it pales in comparison to investing in fancy cars, rather than providing for the future of their families. Wise investment and Biblical regeneration are the solutions! These are not contradictory ideas. God’s people are called to be productive citizens in an age of guilt manipulators.
Sharpton and Jackson may well be great apologists contra rap music, but the truth is: rapsters do not have nation-wide audiences, except in the communities where they are expected to be heard. So, why not persecute the white guy with a cowboy hat? Better yet, why not listen to my new favorite sports columnist
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 thatbattle, so Jesse and Al are going to sit it out.