Originally Posted by dabvu2498
GAC -- How would you feel if your daughter played basketball at Rutgers?
What Razor Shine stated so eloquently. Would I be upset over it? Not to the degree of taking it to the public level
that other people have just because some idiot made a off-handed comment which, IMHO, was not made with a malicious intent - and that is what is important: what is the INTENT behind the person's words - but was a wrong-headed attempt at humor.
I listened to Imus' initial comments afterwards, his apology, and I believe he was sincere. He knows he screwed up. He should have dropped it right then and there. He should have never taken it further and given "stage" to characters as Sharpton in an attempt to further rationalize/explain his remarks. He made his apology. Now let the chips fall where they may.
But I wouldn't be calling for the guy's head or trying to ruin his career.
AS far as I'm concerned - the shame he will have to carry on his head for those comments is plenty of punishment. He will always be known for that.
What bothers me is that if these terms, as well as others, are so offensive to blacks, then why have they allowed them to become so ingrained, as far as usage goes, within their own culture? And I don't accept this "It's a black thing". Black comedians and hip-hop artists use them regularly. I have heard co-workers who, when having conversations with each other, and yes I know they are joking around, used this language, especially the "N" word and "ho" on each other.
Is it, or is it not, offensive?
A couple weeks ago, long before this Imus incident
, I watched a home video on one of the cable news networks showing a group of black college students joking around in the dorm. They were using the exact same words Imus did, and a few other divisive ones in their back-and-forth conversations. And they were all males! One black girl enters the scene and asks them why they, being males, were calling each other "ho's"? They just kinda looked at her.