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Hey Meat
04-18-2007, 09:15 AM
Did anyone catch what Little Joe said about the Va. Tech shooting? My boss hates the Reds because he is an Astros fan. He knows that I love the Reds and he was badmouthing Joe Morgan about his comments yesterday. Could someone please tell me what he said, because I can't find it anywhere. Thanks

redsmetz
04-18-2007, 10:10 AM
Did anyone catch what Little Joe said about the Va. Tech shooting? My boss hates the Reds because he is an Astros fan. He knows that I love the Reds and he was badmouthing Joe Morgan about his comments yesterday. Could someone please tell me what he said, because I can't find it anywhere. Thanks

Apparently he made a comment on the Dan Patrick show, but I can't see the full transcript because it's a paid item on ESPN. He seems to have mentioned the Virginia Tech tragedy in the same breath as Don Imus' bigoted comments about Rutgers. Again, though, I can see it in its full context.

Hey Meat
04-18-2007, 10:33 AM
Apparently he made a comment on the Dan Patrick show, but I can't see the full transcript because it's a paid item on ESPN. He seems to have mentioned the Virginia Tech tragedy in the same breath as Don Imus' bigoted comments about Rutgers. Again, though, I can see it in its full context.
That's what I heard, I was checking on the legitimacy of it because it did not reach my ears from the mouth of a Reds fan.

paulrichjr
04-18-2007, 10:44 AM
I'm an insider but can't find a link to a Joe Morgan article. Link it and I will read it...

MississippiRed
04-18-2007, 10:47 AM
That's what I heard, I was checking on the legitimacy of it because it did not reach my ears from the mouth of a Reds fan.

I listened to it on Insider. Basically, Morgan related to the Imus thing by relating the Rutgers players to the students at Va. Tech. They were minding their own business, trying to attend classes and better themselves, and here comes something totally out of their control to completely disrupt that. I'm no fan of Joe as an ESPN talking head (loved him as a Red, of course), but he showed a lot of empathy for the students and employees at Va. Tech., just voicing his concern about how they will be able to get things back to feeling normal. He said his whole day was disrupted, and he was in California, he couldn't imagine how long their lives would be screwed up.

Your boss is just a hater.

redsmetz
04-18-2007, 10:56 AM
I'm an insider but can't find a link to a Joe Morgan article. Link it and I will read it...

The only place I saw some text was on a blog and it appears to me that it's cut and snipped. But here's the link to Patrick's show and it has a spot that says "Joe Morgan", but then requires the Insider.

http://espnradio.espn.go.com/espnradio/show?showId=danpatrick

JLB5
04-18-2007, 10:57 AM
I listened to it on Insider. Basically, Morgan related to the Imus thing by relating the Rutgers players to the students at Va. Tech. They were minding their own business, trying to attend classes and better themselves, and here comes something totally out of their control to completely disrupt that. I'm no fan of Joe as an ESPN talking head (loved him as a Red, of course), but he showed a lot of empathy for the students and employees at Va. Tech., just voicing his concern about how they will be able to get things back to feeling normal. He said his whole day was disrupted, and he was in California, he couldn't imagine how long their lives would be screwed up.

Your boss is just a hater.

I heard it also. That's a pretty accurate description. I thought it was an odd analogy, but nothing to make any deal about. Hey, does your boss not realize that Joe started as an Astro?

George Anderson
04-18-2007, 11:02 AM
I listened to it on Insider. Basically, Morgan related to the Imus thing by relating the Rutgers players to the students at Va. Tech. They were minding their own business, trying to attend classes and better themselves, and here comes something totally out of their control to completely disrupt that.

Joe is making quite a stretch there.:rolleyes:

MississippiRed
04-18-2007, 11:06 AM
Joe is making quite a stretch there.:rolleyes:

I can't argue with this comment, but I tend to agree with JLB5, it doesn't seem like that big a deal. A stretch, yes, but not something to go off on Lil' Joe about.

Ludwig Reds Fan
04-18-2007, 11:08 AM
Hey, does your boss not realize that Joe started as an Astro?

Beat me to it.

This boss sounds like a smarty. :p:

George Anderson
04-18-2007, 11:09 AM
Hey, does your boss not realize that Joe started as an Astro?

Wasnt it the Colt 45's??

westofyou
04-18-2007, 11:12 AM
Joe is making quite a stretch there.:rolleyes:

Not really, have you ever lived anywhere in college where an incident changes everything about your current state of college life?

I have, I lived in Santa Cruz and went to school there during the 89 earthquake. It's an event that changed the whole campus and town, it's not easy live life after events like that much alone to go to class with that change. It takes a bit more time to clear up events when you are younger, and that includes most anything that rocks your world.

westofyou
04-18-2007, 11:14 AM
Wasnt it the Colt 45's??

Yep

George Anderson
04-18-2007, 11:19 AM
Not really, have you ever lived anywhere in college where an incident changes everything about your current state of college life?

I have, I lived in Santa Cruz and went to school there during the 89 earthquake. It's an event that changed the whole campus and town, it's not easy live life after events like that much alone to go to class with that change. It takes a bit more time to clear up events when you are younger, and that includes most anything that rocks your world.

Joe was comparing the Imus incident which college basketball players were called names and got their feelings hurt to a mass murder incident in Virginia. If someone called me a bad name or a friend of mine a bad name I would be able to go on with my life without a hitch, if someone murdered me or someone on the same campus as me then that would rock my world to a severe degree.

For Joe to compare the aftermath of name calling to the aftermath of mass murder is just nutty.

rotnoid
04-18-2007, 11:24 AM
Joe was comparing the Imus incident which college basketball players were called names and got their feelings hurt to a mass murder incident in Virginia. If someone called me a bad name or a friend of mine a bad name I would be able to go on with my life without a hitch, if someone murdered me or someone on the same campus as me then that would rock my world to a severe degree.

For Joe to compare the aftermath of name calling to the aftermath of mass murder is just nutty.

If someone called you a name, would a media circus ensue? I'm not saying Joe's comparison is completely apt, but those girls had their whole worlds rocked (rightly or not). Getting back to normal after that type of disruption was his point, not that being called a name is the same as losing classmates in a firestorm.

George Anderson
04-18-2007, 11:35 AM
If someone called you a name, would a media circus ensue? I'm not saying Joe's comparison is completely apt, but those girls had their whole worlds rocked (rightly or not). Getting back to normal after that type of disruption was his point, not that being called a name is the same as losing classmates in a firestorm.

I guess if I had been a survivor or a surviving family member of the Virginia Tech massacre I would be pretty irate to hear Joe compare the two incidents in any way.

westofyou
04-18-2007, 11:36 AM
Joe was comparing the Imus incident which college basketball players were called names and got their feelings hurt to a mass murder incident in Virginia. If someone called me a bad name or a friend of mine a bad name I would be able to go on with my life without a hitch, if someone murdered me or someone on the same campus as me then that would rock my world to a severe degree.

For Joe to compare the aftermath of name calling to the aftermath of mass murder is just nutty.

That's you, but if you were a woman or of another race you'd whistle a different tune, that's called empathy, and there is nothing wrong with it at all.

George Anderson
04-18-2007, 11:38 AM
That's you, but if you were a woman or of another race you'd whistle a different tune, that's called empathy, and there is nothing wrong with it at all.

Calling someone names and commiting mass murder arent in the same universe of wrong doings in the world.

rotnoid
04-18-2007, 11:42 AM
Calling someone names and commiting mass murder arent in the same universe of wrong doings in the world.

As ludicrous as this may sound, and I can't believe I'm about to type it, that all depends on your perspective.

IslandRed
04-18-2007, 12:53 PM
I guess if I had been a survivor or a surviving family member of the Virginia Tech massacre I would be pretty irate to hear Joe compare the two incidents in anyway.

Probably.

But those of us who aren't personally involved in the situations ought to be able to distinguish what, exactly, about the incidents is being compared and what isn't.

Hubba
04-18-2007, 12:56 PM
That's you, but if you were a woman or of another race you'd whistle a different tune, that's called empathy, and there is nothing wrong with it at all.
A HO is the same white or black. Call me a ho a million times but please don't kill me. How can you compare the two? Did I miss something here?

paulrichjr
04-18-2007, 03:03 PM
A HO is the same white or black. Call me a ho a million times but please don't kill me. How can you compare the two? Did I miss something here?

No not at all. I am confused also. I think this is precisely why people are so messed up. They actually think that being called a name (no matter who you are) can compare to having bullets sent toward you. For those like Joe who think that their perspectives are sane just go ask those at both schools which ones they would rather be (Rutgers players or VT students yesterday) and see how many stand in the VT line.

westofyou
04-18-2007, 03:13 PM
No not at all. I am confused also. I think this is precisely why people are so messed up.

People are messed up because you are confused? ;)

The comparison isn't black and white, it's about how outside events affect someone at college and how that changes the students perspective.

But that's a Grey version, because everyone knows that bullets are bad.

Now if we can just get white folks to admit racism exists too.

JLB5
04-18-2007, 03:20 PM
No not at all. I am confused also. I think this is precisely why people are so messed up. They actually think that being called a name (no matter who you are) can compare to having bullets sent toward you. For those like Joe who think that their perspectives are sane just go ask those at both schools which ones they would rather be (Rutgers players or VT students yesterday) and see how many stand in the VT line.

That wasn't the comparison. He wasn't comparing the name calling to the shooting, he was making a point that neither of these groups could see the events coming. They didn't bring these events on themselves. They were going about their normal college lives, trying to work to better themselves, and something dropped in on it. I was listening to the interview and the "Imus" comment at first seemed to come out of left field, but when Joe finished his thought it made sense. He was in no way implying that the "Imus" incident had the same magnitude as what happened at VT.

Hubba
04-18-2007, 03:28 PM
People are messed up because you are confused? ;)

The comparison isn't black and white, it's about how outside events affect someone at college and how that changes the students perspective.

But that's a Grey version, because everyone knows that bullets are bad.

Now if we can just get white folks to admit racism exists too.

I will admit that racism exist,I have seen it for myself and what I have seen is more black on white racism than vice versa. Wouldn't you agree? I can say this because I don't have a job to lose.

westofyou
04-18-2007, 03:31 PM
Wouldn't you agree?

Not in a million years, not in a million years.

FoReel
04-18-2007, 03:42 PM
That's you, but if you were a woman or of another race you'd whistle a different tune, that's called empathy, and there is nothing wrong with it at all.

I can see your point, with everybody looking in from the third-person view, but I have been targeted for racial slurs before(no I am not a minority; but everyone can be racist to.)

Trust me I didn't go and shelter for the rest of my life. Its nothing to me. Now if I lost a close friend or family member or new someone that did, that just might have the "slightest" chance that it would change my life.

FoReel
04-18-2007, 03:44 PM
I will admit that racism exist,I have seen it for myself and what I have seen is more black on white racism than vice versa. Wouldn't you agree? I can say this because I don't have a job to lose.
Agree.

919191
04-18-2007, 03:48 PM
I will admit that racism exist,I have seen it for myself and what I have seen is more black on white racism than vice versa. Wouldn't you agree? I can say this because I don't have a job to lose.

It might seem that way. Your everyday kind of hair combin' over tighty whitey underpants wearin' suburban livin' hybrid car drivin' kind of guy isn't going to be too aware of white on black racism. :)

FoReel
04-18-2007, 03:52 PM
It might seem that way. Your everyday kind of hair combin' over tighty whitey underpants wearin' suburban livin' hybrid car drivin' kind of guy isn't going to be too aware of white on black racism. :)
A guy coming from a 50/50 whites to minority's, I could have some say on this.

919191
04-18-2007, 03:56 PM
Anyone can have a say, you know.

WMR
04-18-2007, 04:08 PM
Well the Rutgers women's bball coach announced her book deal... hopefully it's not too soon for such an announcement as these poor Rutger's girl ballplayers try to get back on their feet after having their world rocked so heavily.

Gainesville Red
04-18-2007, 04:21 PM
Hubba, just so I can make sure I understand what you're saying, there's more black on white racism than vice versa?

Puffy
04-18-2007, 04:33 PM
This thread is a perfect example of victim syndrome - whatever group you belong to is the group that is persecuted against teh most. Conservative christians, blacks, whites, Italians, the irish, south koreans, etc.

We are a country built on persecution of one kind or another. But honestly, if you don't realize the blacks have had it worse than anyone else I don't know what to tell you.

Redsland
04-18-2007, 04:35 PM
But honestly, if you don't realize the blacks have had it worse than anyone else I don't know what to tell you.
Worse than Royals fans?

westofyou
04-18-2007, 04:39 PM
Worse than Royals fans?

Worse then Arizona Cardinal fans.

Hubba
04-18-2007, 04:46 PM
This thread is a perfect example of victim syndrome - whatever group you belong to is the group that is persecuted against teh most. Conservative christians, blacks, whites, Italians, the irish, south koreans, etc.

We are a country built on persecution of one kind or another. But honestly, if you don't realize the blacks have had it worse than anyone else I don't know what to tell you.
Puffy I am talking about the resent not the past.How many black people lose theirjobfor saying cracker or fag?

Hubba
04-18-2007, 04:50 PM
Hubba, just so I can make sure I understand what you're saying, there's more black on white racism than vice versa?
You are correct in your assumption.

westofyou
04-18-2007, 04:50 PM
Puffy I am talking about the resent not the past.How many black people lose theirjobfor saying cracker or fag?

Four?

registerthis
04-18-2007, 04:54 PM
what I have seen is more black on white racism than vice versa. Wouldn't you agree?

No, actually I wouldn't.

Puffy
04-18-2007, 04:55 PM
Puffy I am talking about the resent not the past.How many black people lose theirjobfor saying cracker or fag?

I wasn't specifically talking to you Hubba, more that in our society today all groups feel the most victimized.

But to answer your question - there is more to racism than losing on's job over words. But Imus has been spouting racist crap for years now. From calling secretaries at WNBC the "n" word to calling someone who worked there a "fat, f'n jew" When you continually say this stuff it catches up to you.

About losing the jobs, well, they lose respect. Farrakhan lost a ton of his audience with his crap, Spike Lee could be a mega-Spielberg type if he weren't so racist, Sharpton doesn't even have the majority of blacks support as his falied attempts to run any political office have shown, etc.

registerthis
04-18-2007, 05:00 PM
How many black people lose theirjobfor saying cracker or fag?

Racism extends far deeper than merely spouting some words.

Hubba
04-18-2007, 05:22 PM
I wasn't specifically talking to you Hubba, more that in our society today all groups feel the most victimized.

But to answer your question - there is more to racism than losing on's job over words. But Imus has been spouting racist crap for years now. From calling secretaries at WNBC the "n" word to calling someone who worked there a "fat, f'n jew" When you continually say this stuff it catches up to you.

About losing the jobs, well, they lose respect. Farrakhan lost a ton of his audience with his crap, Spike Lee could be a mega-Spielberg type if he weren't so racist, Sharpton doesn't even have the majority of blacks support as his falied attempts to run any political office have shown, etc.

Please dont get me wrong I am not condoning what Imus said. I dont even like the guy but trying to compare that to thirty-one killings is silly.

WMR
04-18-2007, 05:28 PM
This article from Whitlock from about a week or so ago had some great points about Stringer's "crusade,' IMO.


Time for Jackson, Sharpton to Step Down
Pair See Potential for Profit, Attention in Imus Incident
By JASON WHITLOCK
Sports Commentary

I’m calling for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the president and vice president of Black America, to step down.

Their leadership is stale. Their ideas are outdated. And they don’t give a damn about us.

We need to take a cue from White America and re-elect our leadership every four years. White folks realize that power corrupts. That’s why they placed term limits on the presidency. They know if you leave a man in power too long he quits looking out for the interest of his constituency and starts looking out for his own best interest.

We’ve turned Jesse and Al into Supreme Court justices. They get to speak for us for a lifetime.

Why?

If judged by the results they’ve produced the last 20 years, you’d have to regard their administration as a total failure. Seriously, compared to Martin and Malcolm and the freedoms and progress their leadership produced, Jesse and Al are an embarrassment.

Their job the last two decades was to show black people how to take advantage of the opportunities Martin and Malcolm won.

Have we at the level we should have? No.

Rather than inspire us to seize hard-earned opportunities, Jesse and Al have specialized in blackmailing white folks for profit and attention. They were at it again last week, helping to turn radio shock jock Don Imus’ stupidity into a world-wide crisis that reached its crescendo Tuesday afternoon when Rutgers women’s basketball coach Vivian Stringer led a massive pity party/recruiting rally.


Imus’ words did no real damage. Let me tell you what damaged us this week: the sports cover of Tuesday’s USA Today. This country’s newspaper of record published a story about the NFL and crime and ran a picture of 41 NFL players who were arrested in 2006. By my count, 39 of those players were black.

You want to talk about a damaging, powerful image, an image that went out across the globe?

We’re holding news conferences about Imus when the behavior of NFL players is painting us as lawless and immoral. Come on. We can do better than that. Jesse and Al are smarter than that.

Had Imus’ predictably poor attempt at humor not been turned into an international incident by the deluge of media coverage, 97 percent of America would’ve never known what Imus said. His platform isn’t that large and it has zero penetration into the sports world.

Imus certainly doesn’t resonate in the world frequented by college women. The insistence by these young women that they have been emotionally scarred by an old white man with no currency in their world is laughably dishonest.

The Rutgers players are nothing more than pawns in a game being played by Jackson, Sharpton and Stringer.

Jesse and Al are flexing their muscle and setting up their next sting. Bringing down Imus, despite his sincere attempts at apologizing, would serve notice to their next potential victim that it is far better to pay up than stand up to Jesse and Al James.

Stringer just wanted her 15 minutes to make the case that she’s every bit as important as Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma. By the time Stringer’s rambling, rapping and rhyming 30-minute speech was over, you’d forgotten that Tennessee won the national championship and just assumed a racist plot had been hatched to deny the Scarlet Knights credit for winning it all.
Maybe that’s the real crime. Imus’ ignorance has taken attention away from Candace Parker’s and Summitt’s incredible accomplishment. Or maybe it was Sharpton’s, Stringer’s and Jackson’s grandstanding that moved the spotlight from Tennessee to New Jersey?
None of this over-the-top grandstanding does Black America any good.


We can’t win the war over verbal disrespect and racism when we have so obviously and blatantly surrendered the moral high ground on the issue. Jesse and Al might win the battle with Imus and get him fired or severely neutered. But the war? We don’t stand a chance in the war. Not when everybody knows “nappy-headed ho’s” is a compliment compared to what we allow black rap artists to say about black women on a daily basis.

We look foolish and cruel for kicking a man who went on Sharpton’s radio show and apologized. Imus didn’t pull a Michael Richards and schedule an interview on Letterman. Imus went to the Black vice president’s house, acknowledged his mistake and asked for forgiveness.

Let it go and let God.

We have more important issues to deal with than Imus. If we are unwilling to clean up the filth and disrespect we heap on each other, nothing will change with our condition. You can fire every Don Imus in the country, and our incarceration rate, fatherless-child rate, illiteracy rate and murder rate will still continue to skyrocket.

A man who doesn’t respect himself wastes his breath demanding that others respect him.

We don’t respect ourselves right now. If we did, we wouldn’t call each other the N-word. If we did, we wouldn’t let people with prison values define who we are in music and videos. If we did, we wouldn’t call black women *****es and hos and abandon them when they have our babies.

If we had the proper level of self-respect, we wouldn’t act like it’s only a crime when a white man disrespects us. We hold Imus to a higher standard than we hold ourselves. That’s a (freaking) shame.

We need leadership that is interested in fixing the culture we’ve adopted. We need leadership that makes all of us take tremendous pride in educating ourselves. We need leadership that can reach professional athletes and entertainers and get them to understand that they’re ambassadors and play an important role in defining who we are and what values our culture will embrace.

It’s time for Jesse and Al to step down. They’ve had 25 years to lead us. Other than their accountants, I’d be hard pressed to find someone who has benefited from their administration.

Mutaman
04-18-2007, 07:53 PM
Annother view:

Whitlock Provides Diversion From Imus Issue
Media Laps Up Attack on Black Leadership, Hip Hop
By KEITH T. CLINKSCALES
Sports Commentary

Editor's note: Keith T. Clinkscales is the general manager of ESPN The Magazine and a member of the Founding Team of Vibe Magazine.


The mainstream media thanks you, Jason Whitlock. You have provided them with a black-sponsored excuse for the entire Don Imus situation. Thanks to the beautiful diversionary tactic you provided, even Meredith Viera is stepping to Al Sharpton.

Instead of taking this watershed moment in media and culture and honing in on the true cause of the Imus situation, we are now discussing 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and Young Jeezy.

Despite your admonition of Jesse Jackson and Sharpton, the Imus situation has little to do with the African-American fight for true economic and social equality. Imus was and should be a moment to hold a mirror to thousands of media outlets in this country where black America does not have a single voice that decides what gets on, and more importantly, stays on the air.

Jason, your misdirection has given the mainstream media a pair of dancing shoes. For one of the first times in history, black people mattered. Not to the media, but to the advertisers - the true invisible hand of the media marketplace - who spoke loudly and clearly. Procter and Gamble said "no." Then Staples said "no." Then several others followed their lead. They were not hassled by Revs. Sharpton or Jackson. They knew this situation was going to be a no-win for themselves and their shareholders. Eventually, the reverends may have picketed them, but their conscience spoke to them long before picket lines had to.

Jason, for you to question the validity of Vivian Stringer's press conference and to complain about its length does not consider the extraordinary circumstances that she was thrust into as the leader of those young women. To suggest this press conference was some type of recruiting ploy, is as cowardly as the attack that Imus perpetrated in the first place.



The mainstream media also thanks you, Jason because by attacking Sharpton and Jackson you are doing the dirty work that no white person can credibly do. It is such an annoying chore to find enough black journalists around to credibly disseminate the type of disinformation that helps people look away from the real problems and focus on the irrelevant. In the soundbite and headline environment that we live in, it is so easy to reduce the incredibly complex problem of race relations in America to Rev. Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the dreaded influence of Hip Hop. As you watch the talk shows and the internet discussions too much discourse is addressed with this whining phrase ... "what about what the rappers say?"

Advantage: Bigots.

You say that Jesse, Al and Vivian don’t have the heart to mount a legitimate campaign against the "real black folk killas?" While Jesse and Al are not perfect, they have put it on the line year after year for black people. Both have served jail time for their beliefs. Their use of the microphones and the media has been to provide a voice to the voiceless among us. While you may not want them to speak for you, there are many black people who are happy that somebody - anybody - will speak powerfully about their concerns. For every Tawana Brawley reference, you can cite ten Amadou Diallos, Rodney Kings, and Sean Bells. Coach Stringer exists in a world where less than eight percent of college basketball coaches are black women. And often to the detriment of her progress, she has been a consistent supporter of women’s athletics while stridently maintaining a pro-black voice.

An individual with elementary knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement would know that in their day, Martin, and certainly Malcolm were not universally loved by their black peers. There were many critics who from the comfort of their critical perches, would high-mindedly discuss their "relevance" and just "who they spoke for." What Martin and Malcolm provided more than anything else was the courage to agitate the system. In the process of agitation, the cleansing forces of righteousness helped America to get to a better place. The agitation is not always pleasant, nor is it rarely universally loved.

You are not agitation. You are flowing with the currents. Black men have an uneasy relationship with the media, from Pacman to Pac, some of it is from their own behavior ... other times they simply "fit the description." You are breaking no new journalistic ground by speaking your version of truth about black men. Your apocalyptic notion of young black men as the "new KKK" again fuels fear, confusion and hatred.

I would agree with you Jason that all is not right with Hip Hop. The fantasy gangsta culture that has been created in the modern hip-hop era is an incredible perversion of the transformative power of Hip Hop culture. You will also get no argument from me that the music and much of the culture has moved into an advanced state of misogyny, and no amount of "I'm just keepin’ it real" street excuses can diminish that fact. However, the success of Hip hop music has developed a substantial economy and a unique power that much of the worlds media utilizes for both good and evil.


To be fair and balanced, you cannot decry the music and the culture without acknowledging that it has created phenomenal opportunities for many young black men and women in entertainment and media, some have become millionaires, many have provided inspiration and leadership to young people. Countless jobs have been created, and the spirit of entrepreneurship has been promulgated by urban lore of companies like Bad Boy, FUBU, Phat Farm and many others. It is fine, and necessary to be critical of hip hop, but since it has provided so much to people like us, I would humbly ask you to utilize your power to transform the game.

As the discussion rages about Imus and the fallout extends into death threats and other equally disconcerting reactions, let's not wrap up the problem in the neat package of hip-hop’s culture. Yes, hip-hop has issues, but so does much of our entertainment and media. The body count on the Sopranos continues to climb, yet I hear no one blaming James Gandolfini for the true gangster policy that the United States has in conducting the war in the Middle East. Why not? Tony Soprano is a character, not unlike the Snoop character played by Calvin Broadus or the Jay-Z character played by Shawn Carter. Dragging Dave Chappelle or any other comedian who utilizes words from the magic bag of racial controversy is merely another diversion to the core issue. Could you imagine the New York Times declaring that Bush’s war policy is influenced by the Sopranos? ... fuhgedaboutit.

Jason, the fundamental problem that created the Imus situation is a lack of people of color, journalists with your intellect, courage and voice sitting in a seat of power. If there was someone like you in the Imus control rooms or in the executive management of CBS Radio, the response and the consequences would occur internally instead of having to wait for Reverend Sharpton or Jackson to get on the phone. When the American media questions the business need for a diverse staff, this Imus situation is the clear unmitigated answer.


2007-04-17 12:16:23

GAC
04-18-2007, 08:13 PM
Now if we can just get white folks to admit racism exists too.

Who is saying it doesn't exist? What's sad in this country is that some seem to think that only "white folks" can be guilty of it.

Such issues as hatred and discrimination originate in the "heart". And the last I heard, people of all colors and ethnicity have one. When we realize that in this country, and quit with the one-sidedness, that some how white people can be the only ones guilty of such, while other minorities cannot be because of past, historical transgressions committed against them, then we can move forward in real dialogue.

WMR
04-18-2007, 08:18 PM
While Jesse and Al are not perfect, they have put it on the line year after year for black people.

Haha oh wow that article is a bunch of crap. JMO of course. That particular tidbit really got me giggling. For black people? Or maybe a BLACK PERSON... as in THEMSELVES.

RedsBaron
04-19-2007, 10:34 AM
Now if we can just get white folks to admit racism exists too.

I think white folks did admit that. The various Civil Rights Acts passed over the years, especially the 1964 Civil Rights Act, was enacted with the help of at least a few whites.

paintmered
04-19-2007, 10:43 AM
This thread is no longer RZ-suitable. Take it to the peanut gallery.