>First I want to apologize for my absence. It’s been a week from hell regarding work, so I took some time to myself.
Okay, back to the post.
Well, Don Imus, the radio show that showed his contempt for black women by berating the Rutgers women’s basketball team as nappy-headed hos, is thrown himself back into the fire.
According to Sporting Life:
More than a year after being fired for making racially insensitive comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, on Monday Imus caused an uproar for comments he made regarding Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones during his ‘Imus in the Morning’ radio show.
During a segment about why Jones dropped his well-known nickname ‘Pacman‘, anchor Warner Wolf told Imus that Jones had “been arrested six times since being drafted by Tennessee in 2005”.
Imus asked, “What color is he?” and Wolf responded by saying that “he’s African-American.”
“Well, there you go,” Imus replied. “Now we know.”
According to Sports Illustrated, Imus defended is comments through a statement released by his spokesperson, saying that he “meant that he (Pacman Jones) was being picked on because he’s black.”
However, according to Sporting Life:
The segment did appear to have a common theme with earlier segments, as Imus asked about the race of Rocco Mediate while discussing Tiger Woods winning the US Open.
Sports Illustrated also quoted a statement released by civil rights activist Al Shartpon, who led the campaign to have Imus removed from televised radio show in 2007.
Sharpton said he “finds the inference of his remark disturbing because it plays into stereotypes. We will determine in the next day or so whether or not his remark warrants direct action on our part.”
I wish I could see the entire transcript so I can confirm if Imus was really on a crusade to prove that Pacman Jones was being targeted because of his race. If anyone has access to them, please feel free to link them to me!
Also, according to Sporting Life, Imus issued an e-mailed statement to the New York Times, defending his comments.
Imus also added that he “would solicit the opinion of black comedian and activist Dick Gregory, who is scheduled to appear on his show on Tuesday” to see what he thinks.
I mean, if Dick Gregory thinks nothing of his remarks then all black people are okay with his sentiments. Because, you know, if one black person expresses his or her opinion, then we all must agree with that person. So, if Dick Gregory is cool with his remarks, then Imus’ statements weren’t racist.