I don’t usually jump on a bandwagon when it comes to these sorts of things but this Don Imus issue has me seeing red. Why is it that someone like comedian Chris Rock can get rich by degrading and making fun of African Americans but one slip of the tongue by Don Imus and he’s off the air? I’ll admit that I had never heard the term nappy headed before but when I did a Google search I found a web site established by African Americans calling themselves the nappy headed gang. Granted it was not followed by the word Ho but until the street gangs found this to be the lazy way of saying whore to disrespect women the term was only used to describe St. Nicks jolly laugh Ho Ho Ho.
First off let me say that I’m not defending Don Imus for what he said. All I want to point out is that what he said, the origin of the slang he was using, was generated by a faction of some of the very people calling for him to be fired. OK for people of color to use but not Caucasians? Sorry, isn’t that discrimination? I think it’s time that African Americans and all other people of color start respecting themselves and eliminate the double standard that’s been established. The next time Chris Rock or some other comedian makes a racist joke, someone in the crowd should stand up and disrupt the show. Oh how rude that would be, it would upset the large audience of people of color that were laughing at the same humor that got Imus fired. Same goes for any comments we might hear in day to day conversation. We need to speak out, point out to our freinds when we catch ourselves making discriminating remarks. It really bugs me when I hear someone use the word "they" when discussing a group of minorities. How do we articulate or describe an issue. Do we say the African Americans, or the Hispanics in Harlem are uneducated and poor or do we say Harlem needs help to educate the people living in the area to help them find better jobs and improve their financial situation. Why do we single-out groups? Why do we say "that dumb ass Icelander"? Why don't we just say that dumb ass? Why do we have a census that records ethnicity? Are we not all one people?
It’s a huge issue that I’m really not well enough versed to speak on but I’m willing to say that the only thing holding capable humans back is themselves. Education, determination, respect, persistence, talent, imagination are a few things that make a person successful. Lose the attitude and prove yourself. If it’s not working for you, evaluate your goals and try again some place else.
I’m glad Don Imus said what he said. Not because I feel what he said had any merit but because the attention it has gotten might make a few more people reflect on what seems to be the next necessary step for all of us to come together as a unified society. More simply put, we all need to change. The reality is that Chris Rock will probably add the "Nappy Headed Ho" line to his comedy routine in some reference to Hillary Clinton and get a ton of laughs and a nice paycheck.
Sorry for the rant, I need to go for a long run to work off my frustration.