April 11, 2007, - 10:22 am

On Imus: While I Was Out, the “Kramer” Story Repeated

By Debbie Schlussel
So, while I was out for the last two days of Passover, the country’s race merchants and media seized on Don Imus’ racist comments of last week.
As usual, just like Kramer a/k/a Michael Richards, the even less sympathetic Imus made the grovelling White Man’s Mea Culpa World Tour. Yes, what Imus said was racist, but he has a history of that and of saying anti-Semitic things far worse (some of which are detailed in today’s WSJ piece by John Leo and in a USA Today editorial). There was no grovelling tour for those comments. The over-reaction to these comments is absurd. As is his extreme, shameless, phony grovelling to racists, who’ve said as bad, if not far worse.

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Once again, the kings of race merchantry–Weird Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson–are the self-anointed arbiters of decency in their “Do as I say, NOT as I do” industry. That’s why I’m reposting my column from November of last year, when Michael Richards was in the same boat. Substitute Don Imus’ name for Michael Richards’ and the same applies. It has a bullet-point list of Jesse’s and Al’s own comments and actions, which make them the kings of hypocrisy if they are truly kings of anything.
I changed my mind on one thing, though. Neither of these guys’ careers should be over for their racist comments. They should be over for lack of talent and, more importantly, the inability to see that their uber-grovelling is doing more to harm America and empower the hypocritical titans of the race industry than anything they said before-hand. I’ll have a new column on this later today, but in the meantime, review the Jackson/Sharpton history and substitute Imus for Richards here:
They Have a Scheme: Kramer (Imus) Meets Jesse & Weird Al of Race Merchants, Inc.
By Debbie Schlussel
So three racists walk into a bar. Unfortunately, there’s no punchline.
What Michael Richards said about Blacks at an L.A. comedy club was racist. His career should be over.
But so should the careers of two other racists, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Instead, they’re thriving.
While Richards made a gazillion phony apologies for uttering what he really thinks at age 57 (and blamed it on the War in Iraq–huh?), Jackson and Sharpton have never apologized even once for constantly telling us what they really think, over decades.
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It’s a little strange–no, make that, absurd–to see one racist groveling and apologizing to two other racists, especially when the latter two have made it a career. Even more ludicrous is the media’s blindness to the thick irony of it all.
Take Jackson. Perhaps everyone forgot his comments that Jews are “Hymies” and New York is “Hymietown,” for which he never apologized to America’s or even New York’s Jews. But check out these other Jackson utterances you probably don’t even know about because they didn’t get the “Kramer” treatment:
* He said he spit into White customers’ food when he worked as a waiter because, “[It] gave me a psychological gratification.”
* “You can’t trust the Jews. I never have trusted those people.”
* He claimed Nixon’s policies were harsh on the poor because, of Nixon’s top aides, “four out of five of them are German Jews.” Someone forgot to tell him that Erlichman and Haldeman were not “Hymies.”
* In working up a Black church about the Jews, he claimed Jews conspired to keep the Black man down (shown on PBS’ McNeil-Lehrer Report).
* Jews are “not willing to share power.”
* He told an Ohio County Commissioner, “You Jews are much too sensitive.”
* He said the Democratic Party was “perverted by a reaction . . . to the Jewish element within the party,” and that the relationship between Jews and Democrats was “a kind of glorified form of bribery. Financial bankrolling and moral bankruptcy.”
* He claimed labor unions were insensitive to Blacks because “Jews dominate the leadership at the top.”
* “I’m sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust.”
* “I have seen very few Jewish reporters who are objective about Arab affairs.” Unfortunately, Jackson is right about this. Most Jewish reporters bend over backwards to portray the Arabist position positively and the Israeli position negatively.
* When discussing his media critics, he said they were few in number (unfortunately, true) and “all Jewish.” (Not true).
Then, there’s Sharpton. At least Richards’ racist rant never resulted in murder. Al Sharpton’s words led to at least two killing sprees:
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Weird Al Sharpton: Race Merchant, Coke Dealer & Kramer Critic

* At a 1991 funeral of a Black child accidentally killed by an out-of-control car driven by a Jew, Sharpton delivered this eulogy:

Talk about how Oppenheimer in South Africa sends diamonds straight to Tel Aviv and deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights.

Oppenheimer is the Jewish family that is a big player in the diamond industry, and Crown Heights is a Chassidic Jewish community, some of whose residents are in the diamond industry. It was clear he was denouncing the Jews. Sharpton spoke of how these “diamond merchants” had “the blood of innocent babies” on their hands and exhorted the crowd to commit violence in the Crown Heights, Brooklyn Jewish community:

If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.

Shouting, “No Justice, No Peace” with the funeral crowd, he incited riots in Crown Heights where a mob shouting, “Kill the Jews!” surrounded Jewish rabbinical student Yankel Rosenbaum and stabbed him to death.
* In 1995, Sharpton incited the shooting and arson murder of seven employees of Freddy’s Fashion Mart. When the Black landlord raised the rent on Freddy’s White (and Jewish) owner, he was forced to raise the rent on his Black subtenant. Sharpton organized a protest, at which he announced:

We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.

Sharpton stood by and nodded in agreement as speakers and the crowd shouted: “Burn down the Jew store!” “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers.”
A protester shot four employees and set fire to Freddy’s. It burnt to the ground and seven employees–all of them minorities–died.
Jackson and Sharpton. These are the new gods of race merchantry to which all others must apologize?
Next, the kettle will be apologizing to the pot. And the pot will say it’s not enough.
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For the record, Michael Richards–contrary to reports in the media and by his own misinformed publicist–is not Jewish. He is a lapsed Catholic of Italian descent (and neither of his parents are Jewish).
He made a similar rant against Jews, back in April, calling them “Christ-killers.” But, unlike the two Black targets of Richards’ latest tirade, Carol Oschin and J. P. Fillet, two Jews who were in the audience–and were the targets of those comments, did not hire a lawyer. They are not seeking money or any kind of redress.
Maybe they know that prostituting your dignity to seek money from a bigot only takes away your dignity even more. And maybe they know that desperate, insincere apologies won’t change a thing. Richards’ rants–just as Jackson’s and Sharpton’s and Mel Gibson’s, too–are what he really thinks.
We should leave it at that. And all of their careers should be over forever.

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There only is outrage because Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson inflate the issue on various National Media mediums. I’m really tired of both of them. They are just opportunists like most so-called “activists”. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would have nothing better to do without incidents like this. Various people in the news media have made valid points about how “rappers” earn millions of dollars by constantly demeaning black women. Imus says “nappy headed hoes” and then he’s about to lose his job? Personally I didn’t find the comments racist because I don’t believe he was using them in a racist context. I think its labeled racist because he’s a white man. If anybody of another race had said that on National radio there would be no outrage. The same thing applies to Micheal Richards and Mel Gibson. There is outrage because they are white men and you have opportunists like Sharpton and Jackson waiting to milk situations like this. I don’t even know why this is even a story in the national media. Aren’t there more important things going on in America? Being a black person I know we have a lot more important things to worry about in our communities (black on black homicide,gangs,70% illegitimacy rate) than what some stupid old guy says on his radio-television show. I just find it amazing how the media + Sharpton/Jackson create such an outrage over politically incorrect comments but there isn’t the same outrage for the 3 things i aforementioned. Its just so hypocritical. Somethings to keep in mind
a.) Tawnia Brawley of 1988 case
“Alton H. Maddox, C. Vernon Mason joined Sharpton in support of Brawley. A grand jury was convened; after seven months of examining police and medical records, the jury determined that Brawley lied about being assaulted by the police. Sharpton, Maddox and Mason were later successfully sued for statements made in connection with the case, and ordered to pay $345,000 in damages. All three falsely accused the case prosecutor, Steven Pagones, as being among those who abducted and raped Brawley.The jury found Sharpton liable for making seven defamatory statements about Pagones, Maddox for two and Mason for one. (Please keep in mind that Sharp never apologized for his defamatory statements and playing the “race card”.)”
b.) Jesse Jackson is a reverend but yet he fathered an illegitimate kid.
“In 2001, it was revealed that Jackson (married since 1962) had an affair with a staffer Karin Stanford that resulted in the birth of their daughter, Ashley. According to CNN, in August of 1999, The Rainbow Push Coalition had paid Stanford $15,000 in moving expenses and $21,000 in payment for contracting work. Separate from the 1999 Rainbow Coalition payments, Jackson pays $3,000 a month in child support.This incident prompted Jackson to withdraw from activism for a short period of time.”
“Jackson has been criticized for some of the remarks he has made about Jews and Jewish issues: that Nixon was less attentive to poverty in the U.S. because “four out of five [of Nixon's top advisers] are German Jews and their priorities are on Europe and Asia”; that he was “sick and tired of hearing about the Holocaust”; that there are “very few Jewish reporters that have the capacity to be objective about Arab affairs”; [7] In addition Rev. Jackson had referred to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown” in January 1984 during a conversation with Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman”
Do I say not as I do is what America is becoming.

the_don on April 11, 2007 at 11:35 am

So what if a black guy calls Paris Hilton an anorexic slut? Other than being lauded for this estute observation, would he be forced to grovel at the feet of a “white” leader? Who the hell is a “white leader”? Is it Jerry Fallwell? Is it Barbara Streisand? Help me! I’m a white guy, and I need a “leader”!

spiffo on April 11, 2007 at 12:06 pm

“Help me! I’m a white guy, and I need a “leader”!”
ROFLMAO!!!! Thanks Spiffo, that was great.
And Debbie, THANK YOU! I have been WAITING for someone to point out that Al and Jesse are the biggest racists in America (except for Spike Lee, but that’s a story for another day). Why is this stupid story being repeated over and over again with NO MENTION of Al and Jesse making careers based on much worse racist comments than that? Well, I guess we know the answer, but geez, you’d think that at least one journalist with a brain cell and a touch of integrity would be compelled to shine a little light on the dirty cockroaches.

AmericanJewess on April 11, 2007 at 12:23 pm

But Imus is a natural as an insincere groveler.
If I was casting a movie, and there was a character that was a phony groveler, Imus would be my first choice to play that role.

Orthoclase on April 11, 2007 at 12:25 pm

The issue isn’t about Imus…nobody cares about that ugly old man. It’s only because he is a white man that there is all this controversy while Al Sharpton,Jesse Jackson, Farrakhan(their idiotic followers) and Muslims are given a free-pass to say anything they want without absolutely no accountability or outrage by the liberal media. Those “phony” opportunistic self-appointed “leaders” (clowns) need be to exposed for the scam artists that they truly are. America you can’t have it both ways…either there should be “absolute Freedom of Speech” or there should not be. Make up your mind America there should be no exceptions. Using the same logic that Jackson and Sharpton have…both men should have lost their roles as “leaders” a long time ago.

the_don on April 11, 2007 at 1:23 pm

Jackson, Sharpton and Farrakhan are more responsible for black poverty than any other person or thing in America. They get wealthy while they brainwash black America to not be like whitey. If you succeed in America, you’re selling out to whitey. Blacks in America need to stop listening to them, and instead listen to successful black people.
http://www.nationalcenter.org/P21Index.html

Stealthkix on April 11, 2007 at 2:30 pm

That is so true. I’m glad people are finally seeing through the smoke screen.

the_don on April 11, 2007 at 3:03 pm

Yet the media continues to offer these racist, anti-Semitic degenerate clowns a platform. Yikes!

Freudianslippers on April 11, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Has Imus looked in the mirror lately? His look ain’t exactly the height of fashion either.

Dan on April 11, 2007 at 7:59 pm

First they came for Imus
and I did not speak out
because I was not an Imus.
Then they came for the talk show hosts
and I did not speak out
because I was not a talk show host.
Then they came for the bloggers
and I did not speak out
because I was not a blogger.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.
Pastor Martin NiemÔø?ller (paraphrased of course)

feralcat9 on April 11, 2007 at 9:23 pm

Dear Debbie;
I was completely unaware of about ninety percent of what you wrote in this article. Thank you so much for passing on this knowledge.
Keep up the good work.
Sincerely;
EJO

EJO on April 11, 2007 at 10:10 pm

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