It’s about one o’clock in the afternoon in Chicago and I’m still thinking about those comments. It’s exhausting to read thousands upon thousands of blog entries discussing the subject. Some of the comments are insightful while others take the slightly immature route. This is my round up from doing a basic Google Blog search for Essence Carson, the captain of Rutgers University’s Basketball Team, who spoke at the conference on Tuesday regarding Don Imus and his “nappy-headed hos” comment directed towards the team.
Conservative Commentator Debbie Schlussel was the first person I discovered. I regret clicking the link. In her entry named “How Don Imus Got Tall Chicks Their 15 Minutes; Plus CAIR Gets in on the Act,” she claimed the women were attempting to use the situation in order to boost their sport (women’s basketball) which in her words, “no-one on earth cares about.” She takes it even further by suggesting that the strange irony in it all is that “these women weren’t even the champions.”
They lost so they could be called a disrespectful comment, which would bring their sport more revenue and advertising sales? I could think of easier ways of promoting a sport besides that. So what if they aren’t champions? They are bigger winners for not taking people such as you and Mr. Imus and giving them a natural born ass whipping. Travel back in time to the 1960’s and watch how you get outnumbered.
Moving on, folks should head on over to Leavethemanalone. The author there explains the context of what the words “nappy headed” means and points out in a selected photo she used that the players Don Imus was referring to had no nappy in their hair to begin with. She labels their real haircuts in the following order: “Freshly relaxed bob, freshly relaxed bob,” and so on. I applaud the site for explaining what the term “nappy headed” means to black people and why the Rutgers team didn’t have any of the type of cuts the term refers to.
Essbee of Objectionable Material questions why the team would want to meet Don Imus for the private conference they are holding with him (the date has yet to be determined) and that he cite the meeting with the Rutgers University team as a “hard-won friendship with the 12 Rutgers women and Coach Stringer, and he’ll hold it up as evidence that he is not a racist or a misogynist.”
Meeting with Imus shows that the team can face the ugly head of racism without cowering in fear for their lives. It shows that they are strong and that they are willing to keep it moving after losing the championship they wanted so badly. If there’s anyone who needs to be afraid, it’s Imus.
Today Show’s Al Roker chimed in on the Don Imus situation in two entries, but made a statement that I think fits with the definition of Internet communication: The Internet is colorblind, but that it’s easy to “figure out someone’s ethnicity by where they came down on this issue.”
I shall personally link you to my blog, Mr. Roker.
That’s about all for the Don Imus/Rutgers University round up. I will come up with Part Two of this when I find more entries of interest. In the meantime, someone ask Debbie if she and Ann Coulter are related. They seem to share the same blank face.