April 17, 2007, - 4:18 pm

HOprah Watch: Oprah’s Imus Race-Fest, Day 2 of the Ordeal

By Debbie Schlussel
Yesterday, I gave my “Debbie’s Notes” summary of Oprah’s Don Imus Race-fest. Unfortunately, it was only Day One. Here’s the “Debbie’s Notes” from Day Two:
Oprah introduced Benjamin Chavis, head of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. Except that isn’t his real name. It’s Benjamin Chavis Muhammad. Why did she skip the full name? Hmmm . . . . Then, we heard Chavis proclaim:

Don Imus’ awful comments. . . . Don Imus is a racist. Don Imus is a sexist.

It was hilarious to hear him utter that, along with the cheering of his friend Rap mogul Russell Simmons who hand-picked Chavis Muhammad to head up the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).

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(Artwork Courtesy of the Talented David Lunde)

In fact, Chavis Muhammad was fired as executive director of the NAACP, when he was caught trying to pay off a female NAACP employee with whom he was having a sexual relationship and had harassed. She threatened to sue. He illegally (and without NAACP knowledge) took NAACP funds to pay her off. When he got caught and was fired. He attacked–who else?–the JOOOOOOS. He converted to Islam, joined the Nation of Islam, and became Louis Farrakhan’s right-hand man. From there, he was hand-picked by Simmons to head his hip-hop group.
From my March 2004 Jerusalem Post column, “Hip-Hop Hypocrisy: Russell Simmons’ Def Sham“:

Simmons announced his “One Mind. One Vote” campaign on ABC Radio. His aim to register millions of young urban voters might seem laudable. But Simmons’s HSAN is headed by Farrakhan’s righthand man and has supported some frightening, anti-Semitic candidates.
The individuals include Benjamin Chavis Muhammad. The president and CEO of HSAN, Chavis Muhammad was organizer of Farrakhan’s 1995′s “Million Man March” and 2000′s “Million Family March.” In 1994, he was fired as executive director of the NAACP when he reportedly stole at least $64,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit.
He blamed his ouster on “right-wing Jews.” Rather than allow him to remain an anti-Semitic pariah, Simmons personally sought out and hired him. Chavis runs Simmons’s current hip-hop voter-registration drive.

So, again, Mr. Chavis Muhammad, who is the sexist and bigot? Hmmm . . . Sounds like you surpass Don Imus in that department.
Predictably, just like yesterday, when she had Weird Al Sharpton on, HOprah did NOT point any of this anti-Semitic history out.
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Rapper “Common” blames Slavery for the “ho” and “bitch” comments in rap, not the rappers:

This started back 300 years ago when women were devalued and dehumanized through slavery.

HUH? When did slavery end? Just how many centuries does it take to change?
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Hypocrite Russell Simmons starts yelling at the brilliant, courageous Jason Whitlock and then asks Oprah not to allow him to respond. Predictably, HOprah agrees, and doesn’t allow him to respond. Then, Simmons starts yelling again at Whitlock, telling him that rappers have done more for Black civil rights than any civil rights leader. I can hear Martin Luther King, Jr. turning over in his grave.
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Rapper Common says that its no problem that rappers call women “hos” and “bitches” becuase, hey,

I tell my daughter I love her all the time. And, you know, women can’t be ministers or have full roles in a lot of churches.

HUH? How does that have anything to do with the price of tea in China?
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Finally, New York Daily News columnist Stanley Crouch gets back to being a good guy and tells the hip hop industry creeps, including Simmons and Chavis Muhammad, that they are “clowns.” (He made all kinds of absurd comments yesterday, saying White people “are on an audio safari.”) Unfortunately, HOprah gives the hip-hoppers plenty of time to respond and yell at him, and doesn’t let him answer them. Predictable.

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16 Responses

When will the blame game stop? Its funny how these morons make racist/sexist comments but if it comes from somebody else it’s magically offensive to them.The hypocrisy will continue until America grows tired of double and triple standards.

the_don on April 17, 2007 at 4:46 pm

The hypocrisy will stop when America decides to stop kow-towing to idiots, charlatans, and criminals, out of a misplaced sense of guilt for past wrongs. Yes, black Americans need to get over the past — but white Americans do too. So many of us are crippled — intellectually and morally — by our sense of “guilt” over how badly “we” mistreated black folks. What debilitating nonsense. The only people who benefit from this situation are the race hustlers. What a disgusting bunch.

RepublicanPatriot on April 17, 2007 at 4:51 pm

The part that interests me is that, as Walter Williams often points out, these various pathologies and behaviors that people in 2007 attribute to the legacy of slavery were nowhere near as prevalent in 1957 or even 1907, several generations closer to actual slaves.

radishthegreat on April 17, 2007 at 5:00 pm

Racists calling other people racists. Simmons is hooked up with the hate cult, the Nation of Islam. Simmons has gotten rich by selling poison to young people. He’s like a drug dealer. Sexist rap is poisonous. It teaches and reinforces oppressive ideas. Oprah and her thug crew are in denial.

FreethinkerNY on April 17, 2007 at 5:00 pm

Can you trust Santa Claus? Of course you can. So you know that when he speaks to Oprah he knows what he is talking about. HO HO HO.

Happiness Pursuer on April 17, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Oprah built a career on addressing the concerns of middle and working class white women. Seems she has gone completely off the tracks at this point. She’s tacking left, into Rosie O’Donnell territory, at a furious pace.
Will be interesting to see if her core audience starts to abandon her.
BTW: we’re still waiting for Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s appearance on Oprah. I won’t hold my breath.

sonomaca on April 17, 2007 at 5:09 pm

I’m hoping people stop talking about this ASAP. Should have been a blurb as below:
Shock jock shocks, PC media needs new fixation, black “leaders” need to feed their own egos, and decide there aren’t enough words that they’re offended by. Shock jock fired, despite the fact he was just living up to job description, people pretend to care.

Sunny K on April 17, 2007 at 5:24 pm

It’s been years since I’ve heard Chavis’ name mentioned. I remember what a disgusting lowlife he was. If I recall correctly, at the time of the sex scandal he was known as Reverend Chavis and both he and the female staffer were married. He is hardly in a position to criticize Don Imus for demeaning black women.

John Sullivan on April 17, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Dear Debbie;
It is extremely frustrating when you have to deal with racist liars, and other assorted anal orifices who’s I.Q.’s drop below 75 points.
More people who will never appear on Oprah: Robert Spencer; Debbie Schlussel; the Duke lacrosse players; and thousands of other folks who think like we do.
Oprah is one nappy headed ho!
Sincerely;
EJO

EJO on April 17, 2007 at 5:31 pm

The shooter had Ismail ax on him. Sounds like a muslim to me. More cover up?

Taurus on April 17, 2007 at 7:50 pm

Debbie, please re-post the audio you have of Oprah and Gayle King making racist remarks of white people. I think it was eariler in the year that you had it on your site. Also look for HOpra to hijack the entire VT tragedy on her show tomorrow or a bit later this week.

OneIrishJew on April 17, 2007 at 11:26 pm

Wow, I guess we know where Hoprah stands on racism. Maybe she got tired of her homies accusing her of being a whitey ho entertainer, so now she has to prove her blackness.

AmericanJewess on April 18, 2007 at 7:25 am

It won’t stop until we stand up and say “enough”! These race whores will push and push and push and guilt prone whites will just mutter and back up one step at a time(incrementalism)until we either do the above or a new majority takes over. At the rate we are going from both legal and illegal immigration the racial make is steadily changing. Hispanics will be the new majority in less then 30-40 years at the current rate. Then the rules will change all together and not for the better.

AlturaCt on April 18, 2007 at 10:55 am

They always want to blame the “big bad white bogeyman”. These people (Rappers,Simmons and Oprah) are Rich what the hell are they bitching about? Especially Oprah (Billionaire). I’m sorry if your pulling in over $1 million dollars annually let alone $1 billion you have to no right to complain about anything. I think the criticism that Whitlock and the vast majority of the media are directing on Commercial Hip Hop is 1000% on point.

the_don on April 18, 2007 at 1:44 pm

…also see Larry Elder’s excellent column,’Another White Man Bites The Dust’(JewishworldReview.com);guess Hopra had a senihore moment and forgot to invite him to her
s(ho).Also…I gotta stick up for my man Stanley Crouch and his ‘audio-safari’ comment as being maybe too nice…while I missed the show…If I gotta see another (white)”nice Jewish boy” repping these punks…beginning with Luther Campbell’s mouthpiece(a while back)to grandsons of my former downtown Detroit synagogue’s president who are credited with “discovering” Eminem-and who still I think manage him..I’m gonna…thankfully,we also had a (white)member who
once managed the late,great jazz trupeter Dizzy Gillespie.

jaywilton on April 19, 2007 at 11:24 am

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