Friday, April 13, 2007

Kudos to some

boohoo's to others. What a news filled week huh? Well first I want to give BIG KUDO's to this kid..ok he is 18, but he is still a kid to me, but has more guts than a lot of adults!!! Man I love this kid and his guts!!! Check out the surveillance video that is included in the story!

In other news...yes this is the weekend news update report, brought to you by 'me' *L* I am sure by now everyone has heard of the Imus scandal. My 2 cents is that what the guy said was disgusting, tacky and wrong (but I guess that's what he is known for....kinda like Howard Stern who I hate also) but he didn't deserve to be fired over it. Where Sharpton and Jackson get off contacting sponsors of the program and DEMANDING that they pull thier sponsorship, is beyond me. So these 2 men have so much power they can call someone's sponsors and demand they pull their sponsorship....we should be very afraid of that! Especially when they won't even come out and speak up against the rap crap that is out there degrading women left and right and supporting violence! But that is 'ok, because that is ART' Oh bullshit it is! That is way more disgusting than what Imus said. For those who disagree with me...have you sat down and listened to BET or MYV lately? If not, then you should and you would know what I am talking about. No I don't listen to those stations, but I have run across them while flipping channels and they are filty, nasty, disgusting!!!! And if the Sharpton/Jackson team what justification for 'their people' being wronged, then why don't they put the shoe on the other foot and demand that the DA in the Duke LaCross team scandel be fired etc etc etc. That man and the woman who falsely cried rape had the potential to destroy those boys lives forever! But that is being swept under the rug by the S/J team. Two wrongs don't make a right, but the S/J team have cried foul way too many times and gotten away with it! Come on people, lets me fair here! What is good for the goose is good for the gander! So S/J get boooooohoooooo's from me this week and the man (who is black BTW) who wrote this article gets huge KUDO's from me also!
And in case you hadn't heard the girl's basketball team accepted Imus' apology!! Now those girls I am proud of! They are really showing us who the bigger man is here..or woman as the case may be :)

Here is the article in it's entirity

Imus isn’t the real bad guy
Instead of wasting time on irrelevant shock jock, black leaders need to be fighting a growing gangster culture.

Thank you, Don Imus. You’ve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.

You’ve given Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson another opportunity to pretend that the old fight, which is now the safe and lucrative fight, is still the most important fight in our push for true economic and social equality.

You’ve given Vivian Stringer and Rutgers the chance to hold a nationally televised recruiting celebration expertly disguised as a news conference to respond to your poor attempt at humor.

Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like it’s 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.

The bigots win again.

While we’re fixated on a bad joke cracked by an irrelevant, bad shock jock, I’m sure at least one of the marvelous young women on the Rutgers basketball team is somewhere snapping her fingers to the beat of 50 Cent’s or Snoop Dogg’s or Young Jeezy’s latest ode glorifying nappy-headed pimps and hos.

I ain’t saying Jesse, Al and Vivian are gold-diggas, but they don’t have the heart to mount a legitimate campaign against the real black-folk killas.

It is us. At this time, we are our own worst enemies. We have allowed our youths to buy into a culture (hip hop) that has been perverted, corrupted and overtaken by prison culture. The music, attitude and behavior expressed in this culture is anti-black, anti-education, demeaning, self-destructive, pro-drug dealing and violent.

Rather than confront this heinous enemy from within, we sit back and wait for someone like Imus to have a slip of the tongue and make the mistake of repeating the things we say about ourselves.

It’s embarrassing. Dave Chappelle was offered $50 million to make racially insensitive jokes about black and white people on TV. He was hailed as a genius. Black comedians routinely crack jokes about white and black people, and we all laugh out loud.

I’m no Don Imus apologist. He and his tiny companion Mike Lupica blasted me after I fell out with ESPN. Imus is a hack.

But, in my view, he didn’t do anything outside the norm for shock jocks and comedians. He also offered an apology. That should’ve been the end of this whole affair. Instead, it’s only the beginning. It’s an opportunity for Stringer, Jackson and Sharpton to step on victim platforms and elevate themselves and their agenda$.

I watched the Rutgers news conference and was ashamed.

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke for eight minutes in 1963 at the March on Washington. At the time, black people could be lynched and denied fundamental rights with little thought. With the comments of a talk-show host most of her players had never heard of before last week serving as her excuse, Vivian Stringer rambled on for 30 minutes about the amazing season her team had.

Somehow, we’re supposed to believe that the comments of a man with virtually no connection to the sports world ruined Rutgers’ wonderful season. Had a broadcaster with credibility and a platform in the sports world uttered the words Imus did, I could understand a level of outrage.

But an hourlong press conference over a man who has already apologized, already been suspended and is already insignificant is just plain intellectually dishonest. This is opportunism. This is a distraction.

In the grand scheme, Don Imus is no threat to us in general and no threat to black women in particular. If his words are so powerful and so destructive and must be rebuked so forcefully, then what should we do about the idiot rappers on BET, MTV and every black-owned radio station in the country who use words much more powerful and much more destructive?

I don’t listen or watch Imus’ show regularly. Has he at any point glorified selling crack cocaine to black women? Has he celebrated black men shooting each other randomly? Has he suggested in any way that it’s cool to be a baby-daddy rather than a husband and a parent? Does he tell his listeners that they’re suckers for pursuing education and that they’re selling out their race if they do?

When Imus does any of that, call me and I’ll get upset. Until then, he is what he is — a washed-up shock jock who is very easy to ignore when you’re not looking to be made a victim.

No. We all know where the real battleground is. We know that the gangsta rappers and their followers in the athletic world have far bigger platforms to negatively define us than some old white man with a bad radio show. There’s no money and lots of danger in that battle, so Jesse and Al are going to sit it out.

To reach Jason Whitlock, call (816) 234-4869 or send e-mail to

*stepping off my soap box now*
*Stay tuned for the layouts I did this week!!*

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