The Dillard Doctrine

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The Hypocrisy of Our Democracy, Part III

Damn Don Imus. Here’s his latest misspeaking:

During a conversation Monday about the arrests of (Adam “Pacman”) Jones, Imus asked, “What color is he?”
Told by a sports announcer that Jones is “African-American,” Imus responded: “There you go. Now we know.”

And next, of course, the clarification:

Don Imus, responding to criticism about racial remarks made Monday on his radio program, said on the air yesterday he was trying to “make a sarcastic point” about unfair treatment of blacks in the criminal justice system – in this case the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones – but had been misunderstood. “What people should be outraged about is that they arrest blacks for no reason,” Imus said yesterday. “I mean, there’s no reason to arrest this kid six times. Maybe he did something once, but everyone does something once.”

For what it’s worth: from me, Imus gets an C for effort, though a(nother?) F for application. I see the point he was trying to make, though he went about it terribly.

But that’s not the real story here.

During this long ass commute that I’m blessed to have, I was listening to the O’Reilly Factor. Now, I don’t worship at the altar of Bill, but occasionally he makes very good points.

Last night, he mentioned that the people/organizations who wanted Imus’ neck after his “nappy headed hos” comment (which was completely inappropriate!) have displayed a deafening silence. Why? O’Reilly suggested that most of them are liberals (like the “far left loons” over at Media Matters, his favorite target) who support the Obama ascendency…and that any issue that would recast the polarization of black/white relations in this country would not be beneficial to their candidate of choice. Or words to that effect (the Talking Points Memo from last night isn’t posted online, and I ain’t completely awake yet).

Hmmm. So I wondered, how quickly did people start jumping up and down after the first incident? For that, we turn to my research assistants at Wikipedia, who present this (with my emphasis, and apologies for the rehash of information):

On April 4, 2007, during a discussion about the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, Imus characterized the Rutgers University women’s basketball team players as “rough girls” commenting on their tattoos. His executive producer Bernard McGuirk responded in his familiar “urban-speak” vernacular by referring to them as “hardcore ho’s”. The “urban-speak” banter continued with Imus describing the girls as “nappy-headed hos” and McGuirk remarking that the two teams looked like the “jigaboos versus the wannabes” mentioned in Spike Lee’s film, School Daze; apparently referring to the two teams’ differing appearances At 6:00 p.m. that evening, Media Matters for America, a media monitoring organization, released recorded transcripts to the news media and liberal groups highlighting the brief exchange:

6 PM. The same day.

In comparison, with the exception of the blogosphere, there’s been no similar mass release of Imus’ transcript with this latest incident.

So, my thoughts:

If-and I only say that cause I ain’t a mind reader-people are holding back on an outcry for political reasons, that’s extremely hypocritical. Decry racism everywhere, right? Wrong.
Something tells me that at some point, John McCain-who was one of the first guests on Imus’s show when he returned to the air-will be asked what he thinks about this latest situation. I hope to God he doesn’t say anything. Maybe Obama will be asked, and of course…enter more flowery speechifying (though I am guilty of stealing his lines on occasion).

It sucks that we live in a world where someone can be thrown under the bus once for being stupid, but when said person does something else dumb, no one lines up for his head in order to protect a greater agenda.

Hypocritical, but it’s our democracy.




Written by Coby Dillard

June 25, 2008 at 12:59 pm

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