What the hell is goin’ on?
Yesterday, CBS fired Don Imus under the premise that CBS President Leslie Moonves wants to stop the human degradation of American society. I guess he means that somehow, he feels by making Imus an example, the rest of America will follow suit and start canning or laying off rappers or hip hop artists for spitting out lyrics out about killing people, raping bitches, and being drug dealers. These people aren’t exactly preaching the wonderful virtues of human society.
In fact, Snoop Dogg claimed that when rappers sing about bitches and hoes, it’s really about the loser women who are to be exploited in the same vein that pimps take advantage of women down on their luck. But, then Stuart Scott, of ESPN fame, notes that Blacks calling women “hoes” is really a term of endearment, or rather, a sign of affection, and that’s just the way it is. And, from the MSNBC website came a report that the slur, “nappy-headed” was really an old, outdated slur, once meant to be especially cruel, that fell out of favor, presumably by offensive whites – until Imus and Sharpton reminded America.
Maybe there really is no double standard at play here in this country. Maybe the thing white people have been doing all wrong is not knowing what the appropriate vernacular with regard to making poorly contextual jokes about Blacks. I mean, if Snoop Dogg claims that calling women “hoes” is only intended for those down on their luck, and Stuart Scott claims it’s really a term of affection, and if the Oxford English Dictionary says “nappy-headed” is such an old term that nobody uses it anymore, then exactly what’s wrong with what Imus said?
Oh, wait. He’s white, and that’s the most important aspect of the furor surrounding Imus’ infamous words. It isn’t that what he said was racially motivated; it isn’t that Imus is a racist: it’s simply that Imus should’ve known that the Black right was itching for a public lynching of a prominent white male.
And, the proof is in the pudding in how Snoop Dogg and Stuart Scott contradict one another, and these are two highly visible Blacks. If they can’t agree what the word, “hoe” means, then how in the hell can Don Imus be expected to know every proper contextual use of slurs? Again, it must be because he’s not Black.
I confess that I didn’t even know nappy was an offensive word. I didn’t know, either, that it also meant kinky, although I’ve yet to find an example on how to apply the word nappy to mean kinky. I honestly thought it just meant really, really, really curly hair. I’ve seen Nappy Tabs clothing apparel. I’ve seen nappy diapers, too. Excuse my ignorance, Black America – I once thought Limp Bizkit was a sexually transmitted disease – I don’t know and pretend to know all the words that exist in the English language that are supposedly hurtful towards you.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your bad words will never hurt me.
When I was a child, I attended public schools despite the fact I was deaf and had no sign language interpreters. Many of the kids in my school taunted me and made fun of me, and I learned to deflect the insults and slurs with the rhyme my mother taught me. She had told me that to allow someone’s insults to hurt me would to let them have power over me. Ignore the insults or taunts, and the offending slurs lose their power and in the end, the offensive idiot looks just like that – an idiot.
I haven’t seen anyone tell the kids at Rutgers that sure, they might’ve been offended, but they also had the power to not be offended. With freedom of speech comes the added freedom of not being offended. If you were offended by Imus, then surely, you’ve got to step back and think about what the man does for a living, how he does it, and what his motives are (make money). And if you’re still offended by it, then it says more about you than it does about Imus.
In fact, it’s likely that the only people really offended by Imus’ stupidity were the women on the basketball team for being called, “hoes.” I’m willing to bet most of the women on the Rutgers team also didn’t really take offense to being termed “nappy-headed hos” in the vein of evil and racist hatred towards them by Imus. If anything, I think some of these women were scarred by Sharpton’s shaming them into victimization. Still, they’ve demonstrated taking the high road by forgiving Imus – unlike Sharpton.
Sharpton has been shaming people in America in the same manner as a fraudulent shrink would falsely tell a woman she was raped as a child to continue earning counseling fees for repetitive counseling sessions. And, much like a woman who is duped into thinking she’s a victim, Sharpton has managed to counsel the Rutgers women’s basketball team into a collective hive of victims. If you don’t believe me, then ask Snoop Dogg and Stuart Scott why they completely contradict Sharpton’s own interpretation of Imus’ words.
Instead of teaching young Americans that sometimes, people act stupidly and then when they realize they did something wrong and forgive them, Sharpton wants Black America to remain hateful, angry, and hurt so that he can remain relevant to today’s society. Without all the firebomb threats and violent protests, Sharpton is nothing but a two-bit pimp and ambulance chaser, waiting for the next racial situation for him to exploit for his own material gain. Like a bad shrink or a neighborhood pimp, Sharpton needs to be removed from the public eye.
And, I’ve got one more thing to say to Black America: yes, you were exploited as slaves; yes, you’ve had some difficulties with oppression and discrimination; and yes, it makes you look like fools when Snoop Dogg and Stuart Scott completely contradict themselves and Al Sharpton. Maybe the truth is really that you’re not as much of a victim as you might think and just maybe, it’s time for you to get over the idea of being a perpetual victim you’ve been shamed into believing by the likes of Sharpton.
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