Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Is It Now Over?
Don Imu's actions was a very difficult complex story to write on. In one way, I wanted to say give the guy a break, let him say he's sorry and go back to work.
While having that fleeting opinion, Don Imus blurted out "you people" on the Al Sharpton radio show. He then went on to say black rappers were,in part, the reason he made the statement.I then changed my opinion and sentiments to maybe he does bare some unpopular racial views. Often, people who have negative racial feelings toward a group or race, qualify their good actions as proof they don't have any racial problems: "Some of by best friends are black."
Still, as Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton made this a national outrage, I could help but feel this was still not being addressed in a fair manor.
There has been shock jocks who offend minorities, handicaps, homosexuals and the elderly. Why has it taken Jackson and Sharpton, and the rest of the do gooders, so long to say this kind of speech is hurtful?
Can we say Bill O'Reilly, Russ Limbaugh, Mike Savage and the many others right-wing hate mongers, have not crossed the very line Imus in being fried for?
I truly hope what comes out of this a better standard to hold the shock jock to. After this, maybe it will be harder for someone to say the things that shock and offend others. Nobody given the power to reach the masses in the way Imus could should be allowed to spread hatred. Not just Don Imus and rappers.