Actually, yes, I did.
In light of the fallout of the Imus Debacle I’m reminded just how much I dislike Media Whores of all race, gender, and creed. Consider Al Sharpton. The last time I looked, Al Baby doesn’t play women’s basketball at Rutgers and given recent events, I’d say that the team at Rutgers can easily take care of themselves and are empowered to voice their own opinion. Why is he taking offense to Imus’s comments? Does Al Baby think he’s a nappy headed ho? I dunno, but I’ll take a guess as to why: for the media exposure!
What does that have to do with the war in Iraq? Let me start my own version of a spin machine and explain.
First and foremost: I have ever bit of angst for Al Baby that I’ve had for Jack Thompson. And that Media Whore is the whitest white boy in Congress right now, so don’t even think that this has to do with the color of Al’s skin. It has to do with his actions and the verbal diarrhea that he suffers from whenever a camera is pointed in his direction.
On the whole Imus thing… I never liked Imus’s show, so I can’t speak for the “decades of abuse” – I’ve always felt empowered to change the channel rather than change the network – but having heard the reports over the last few days, I’d say Imus has beat the shit outta ever culture on the planet at one point or another. If anything, I think that makes him more equal opportunity than Al Baby. Think of it this way: the lacrosse team at Duke was finally declared innocent of all charges one year after they were falsely accused. Where’s the moral outcry from Al Baby for those guys? Why isn’t the Duke campus burning in outrage because some white boys were wrongfully accused?
When are people going to realize that once you mention any race – or use the word minority – that you are guilty of the very racism that you are speaking out against?
Anyway, with Imus he’s the classic example of the Responsibility of Freedom of Speech notion. He has the right to say whatever he wants on his radio show but he’s responsible for it to the stations and/or his audience. You can saw whatever you what and the government can’t stop you but you will have to take responsibility for the fallout of what you say, from the people around you. The thing that is irking me about this is the whole aspect Al Baby brings to it. He’s involved for the media. I shouldn’t be upset seeing as he’s a professional Media Whore but whenever I’m reminded of it, I get a lil tweaked. And what’s more is that he’s exploiting the very people he’s trying to… I dunno why he’s involved. Is he trying to defend the team? What are his actions doing for Rutgers, really? I would love nothing more than if the team went public with the following statement: “We are offended by what Imus said. We, along with our student body, are going to continue to protest until he’s off the air. What he’s done in unforgivable to us. Oh, and Al Sharpton: you don’t speak for us and stay out of our issue.” If they rebuked Al Baby’s support… it would cause a post-sex glow for at least a week.
Ah… *ahem* So. What does this have to do with Iraq? Lemme spin it for you.
It seems to me that the root of all of the angst for black/white relationships in America can be traced back to the years of slavery in our collective past. Slavery that was outlawed – and enforced by citizen’s blood in a civil war – just about 150 years ago. That always seems to be the cornerstone of all of this. Whenever you press people for a reason for something… be it discrimination, reverse discrimination, scholarships, inner city crime, coaches in the Super Bowl, drug usage, whatever: it always seems to come back to “You made slaves out of us!” and “Yeah, sorry about that”.
Accordingly, if recent polls are to be believed, the Democratic party is made up of people of all color, ya? The Democrats want a fixed date to pull out of Iraq. I have mixed feelings about that, as I don’t want an open ended war, but what does it do to all involved if you basically tell the “rebels” in Iraq that “oh, our contract expires in 18 months”? “Hey, stop attacking us for the next year, stockpile your arms, and the day after we leave, you’ll be free to roll over the nation.” How about if we do set a pull out date now and then leave only to find out one month later that we’re needed again? Do we say no? Like I said, I have mixed feelings about it…
What I do know is this: that Democrats want a fixed end date for the war in Iraq and it’s there aren’t many non-Democrat African-American.
So what I want to know is what’s the end date for all of this racial bullshit that is instigated by something that was outlawed 150 years ago? I mean, what’s the half life all of this guilt that we’re supposed to be feeling for stuff that happened before most of us were even born? My ancestors were sipping espresso on the shores of Italy while the slave trade was going on. My relatives migrated to the US without climbing a fence, too, but that’s a whole other issue. Yet for some reason every time I turn around I have to hear about how unfair I’ve been to an entire race or collection of races.
Has anyone stopped to think that maybe all of the “new” racists in our society are being created by the push for equality through selective preferential treatment?
I just want to know where it all ends. What’s the end date for that? When can we finally put the distant past to rest, especially when the majority of the people alive today had nothing to do with that past?
I don’t know, but I fear I won’t be alive to see it.