April 12, 2007


Don Imus: the good-natured racist: The shock jock was only mimicking rappers and comedians who make millions at the expense of black women (Constance L. Rice, 4/11/07, LA Times)

Firing Imus for racist riffs would be like firing Liberace for flamboyance. It's what he does.

More to the point, Imus should only be fired when the black artists who make millions of dollars rapping about black bitches and hos lose their recording contracts. Black leaders should denounce Imus and boycott him and call for his head only after they do the same for the misogynist artists with whom they have shared stages, magazine covers and awards shows.

The truth is, Imus' remarks mimic those of the original gurus of black female denigration: black men with no class. He is only repeating what he's heard and being honest about the way many men — of all races — judge women.

Just as black comedians who make mean jokes about Asians and Latinos don't see themselves as racists, I'm sure that Imus doesn't see himself as a racist either. He reveres blues artists such as B.B. King and Ray Charles. He praises American icons such as Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr. He clearly likes former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford and has interviewed Sharpton a few times. He treated Lani Guinier with uncharacteristic respect during her guest appearance to discuss her latest book.

His sympathy for the Katrina victims came through. And after the James Byrd dragging-lynching in Texas in 1998, Imus did not joke. In serious tones that couldn't hide his sorrow or disgust, he quietly remarked that it was unwise for black people to ever trust whites.

After listening to him for 10 years, I've concluded that Imus is not a malevolent racist. He is a good-natured racist. And the streak of decency running down his self-centered, mean persona is sometimes pretty wide.

Imus and company are jocular misanthropes who say what a lot of folk only dare to think.

Just imagine the reaction from the PC community if NBC and CBS actually banned black performers -- comedians, actors, musicians -- whose work objectifies black women and uses offensive epithets? ABC would certainly get the Grammys.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 12, 2007 7:34 PM

VH1 and MTV would be showing that test pattern with the Indian for most of the day, as their whole schedules are slums made up of the worst of such crude sterotypes.

But what I find fascinating is how fast he got the axe, despite his being a good little Leftist up until that magic moment. It sure didn't buy that "good-natured racist" any immunity. He's now an unperson.

And the computer age equivalent of all those Soviet airbrush specialists are now being contacted to make sure all those guest appearances by other good little Leftists on his show get shoved deep down the Memory Hole as quickly and quietly as possible. (I'd love to see a guest list from Imus' last week on the air, especially who appeared on that day.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 12, 2007 8:57 PM

Even worse than that. Glen Reynolds has links to a couple places (the LA Times and Air America for example) that are referring to Imus as a "conservative" or "right-winger" which is, of course, about the same thing as being a "reactionary" during the Stalin era.

Posted by: jeff at April 13, 2007 4:41 AM

The really scary part is that every part of the left can be so quickly and easily marshaled to walk in lock step. Who's calling the shots? Not Hillary, not Teddy, not Obama, and certainly not Pelosi or Reid?

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 13, 2007 6:40 AM

The "summit" between Imus and the Rutgers team was held at the NJ Governors Mansion! Gov. Corzine was rushing to the "summit" and nearly died in a serious car accident! Tragedy on top of farce.

Meanwhile, black teenagers continue to have babies at 15 etc. etc.

Posted by: Bob at April 13, 2007 9:30 AM