April 12, 2007, - 12:56 pm

Must Read: Black Columnist’s Excellent Column on Imus-gate

By Debbie Schlussel
You must read this excellent column on Imus-gate (the best I’ve read on the topic, other than my own) written by Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock (who is Black):

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.

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How Long Will Their 15 Minutes Last?

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.

Read the rest. Thanks to reader Tim for the tip.

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12 Responses

Jason, I love you maaaaannnn!!!!

spiffo on April 12, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Jason, Debbie, Tim, thank you. I was about to put into words what Jason has already said. He just saved me 10 minutes of my life. And I truly could not have come close.
OK Stringer and the Fab Five. What constructive words can you now muster? Skip the whining. Show us that college has stimulated your minds. Show us that you can do better than Imus, the Jackson 1, and dull Al Sharpton.

Happiness Pursuer on April 12, 2007 at 1:55 pm

“delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.”
What a great statement. Unfortunately, this man is a voice in the black wilderness. It’s easier for too many black people to direct their frustrations at an external target like Don Anus, than to look in the mirror and clean up the mess in their own house. Sexism towards black women by black men is a part of black culture that needs to be addressed.

FreethinkerNY on April 12, 2007 at 1:57 pm

I read this yesterday and agree with all he says but I also agree with the above poster that it will/is largely falling on deaf ears. Many blacks buy into Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They need to have the “evil” white man.

AlturaCt on April 12, 2007 at 2:05 pm

Hi Debbie,
Great column, thnanks for the recommendation. There is another good one by Joe Leonardi you should check out
He asks some good questions and really makes you think.
http://joeleonardi.wordpress.com/2007/04/12/the-meek-spineless-national-broadcasting-corporation-msnbc/
Mia

mia on April 12, 2007 at 4:06 pm

Thought YOU would keep quite on this one since you LOVE “ho-ing” it…but for all your interested readers…CLICK on my SN to see what a REAL Black man thinks of this Imus bullshit.

EminemsRevenge on April 12, 2007 at 5:04 pm

You would think that Don Imus raped these women by the way the media is covering this story. I don’t care about Don Imus,the ugly Rutgers women’s basketball,or the race clowns (al “liar” sharpton and Jesse “affair” jackson.)But Jason Whitlock hit the nail on the head.

the_don on April 12, 2007 at 5:35 pm

Meanwhile, 99% of blacks will think it’s great that a white guy lost his job. They cheered when O.J. was acquitted, remember that? Ever heard of the “Witchita Massacre”? Of course not. Ever heard of the Harvey family in Richmond, VA? No. Ever hear of Channon Christian who was raped by 4 black guys for 2 days, then mutilated and murdered, after they cut off her 21 year-old white boyfriends privates? No, you haven’t. That’s a REAL hate crime, and that was just 3 months ago in Knoxville. Don’t fall for ONE or TWO people stating the obvious, look at what’s really happening.

davidlanham on April 12, 2007 at 6:14 pm

btw, they ALREADY extended Black History Month to April; it’s now called Jazz History Month.

davidlanham on April 12, 2007 at 6:40 pm

DavidLanham your wrong.Being black I can tell you that all black people don’t think alike just like all white people don’t think alike. Their are different “tiers” in the black society just like in the white society. The only difference is that “ignorant” liberal black people always have had the loudest voice. White people keep their lower “tier” folk practically silent which is a good thing. But for some reason we continue let “ignorant” blacks be the representation of us in the media.You rarely hear conservative or independent black voices because they are overshadowed.

the_don on April 12, 2007 at 7:33 pm

Yep, Jason speaks the truth. It starts in the home, parents need to stop tell the children white people are out to get them; yes its true in some case, but it ultimately is up to the individual to hold themselves to a high standard; its too easy to blame someone else.

travis on April 13, 2007 at 1:12 am

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