"Nice effort Women of Rutgers, maybe next year" Don Imus. WHY DID HE MISS THIS STATEMENT?
You encourage an effort to succeed, and not trash it! If you broadcasting from NEW JERSEY, one does not insult a local team effort at a championship! Only> IMUS THE IDIOT< does that, why!
Everyone needs to be respectful to all people. It doesn't make it wrong just because it's a white person insulting a black person or a group of African American women. It's wrong even a Black person would have said it. If an African-American journalist woudl've said the same thing he should've been dismissed. You see for some us the rules change when the aggressor is African-American. The rules don't change. We need to respect all people at all times. IMUS spoke his mind. I don't care how much he apologizes. I'm glad he apologized but why wait 48 hours? I believe he spoke what he felt. Sometimes what's in the recesses of your mind does come out. Just ask Isiah Washington, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc. I don't see African-Americans as perfect. We all need to be more respectful to each other. PERIOD! It's not okay for a brotha to use the H word for a white person aroudn me. It's never OK to hear less than respectful remarks about anyone. Hopefully someone will read this and stop wasting time hating anyone for any reason.
In the context of the statement, it was part of a two minute sports update, which is usually the throw away section of his show. The picture of the game comes up and he and his producer, Bernie McGwirk who is the leading instigator, make the comments about the players. It is not in Imus's nature to act the way the news anchor on the channel 2 news does and say something like that, he'll either make a statement like the one he did, or say nothing at all. He's made similar comments about Serena Williams questioning her feminity, and has berated all sorts of athletes.
I would like to add one more thing- is there anything C. Vivian Stringer- the Rutgers coach- won't do for attention in light of this. I heard what the players said on Tuesday, but really, by now, if she didn't need the attention, this could have quieted down. While I don't care for Imus and don't care if he's fired, the Rutgers team certainly is not shying away from the attnetion it received. I wonder if ten years from now we'll remember than Tennessee actually won the game.
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