"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Racism OK If Your Not White

The end of Don Imus' career is now official. For the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" on the air last week, Don Imus has lost his decades long radio and television career. The politicians Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson led the charge to remove the man, actions that seem contrary to so-called men of the cloth. They seem to thrive on destruction and do little build bridges. Forgiveness does not seem to be part of their vocabulary. Reverends my ass.

Personally I could care less about Imus. What little I gathered about him, I probably wouldn't like him and I would disagree with his politics. Its the double-standards that annoy me. Its seems that the rules are thus: Anyone but whites can use racist remarks. If a black man had made those comments there would not have been this noise. No one would have been destroyed, no one would have even talked about it. Because a white man did it though, the shit thus hits the fans, mostly fanned by a mindless media and the hatred of Sharpton and Jackson. There is much hate in those two men, but then they are really just greedy politicians, not reverends.

Racists comments should be unacceptable. Period. No exceptions. White, black, green, or blue, doesn't matter. If the words are disliked coming from a white man, they should be disliked coming from anyone else. But that is not the case. As the blogs, comments elsewhere have shown, the fundamental truth is racism and racist comments are fine as long as its not from white people. That is the lesson for the next generation. Are you white? No, then you can be racist. Its ok then.

I am for fairness. If the above statements are not true, then Isiah Washington needs to be removed from television and movies. He too said racists comments, he too should lose his livelihood. Its only fair.

But really everyone should just admit a fundamental fact, quit dancing around it. The truth shall set you free.

Racism is fine as long as its not from a white man.

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