Barack Obama, erstwhile symbol of racial reconciliation, wants Don Imus to be fired and has "no intention of returning" as a guest on his show.
Evidently racial reconciliation is not an all-inclusive project - looks like Obama's big tent is not quite big enough for older white guys who raise millions for charities, raise money for medical care for our wounded troops, and sometimes say stupid things for which they have apologized.
Hillary Clinton, or as Don Imus calls her, "Satan", won't be appearing as a guest on Imus' show anytime soon either. As if.
John Edwards has the right idea here:
"If you tolerate this kind of language in your presence, you are essentially sowing the seeds of intolerance," Edwards told reporters in Mamaroneck this morning. "And I think all of us have an obligation to speak out and condemn this kind of language when it's used, no matter who uses it."
Edwards, though, said "we need to see what happens," in response to questions about Imus being fired or whether he would ever appear on the program again. He noted that Imus intends to meet with the basketball team to express his apology.
America loves comebacks, forgiveness and redemption - let's see how long it takes for the pro-Imus backlash to set in. I don't know if I am a leading indicator, but I am feeling it already, and I promise you this - Imus' audience is not grooving on his groveling to Sharpton and Jackson.
Meanwhile, since Mr. Obama seems intent on judging people by their worst qualities rather than their best, perhaps we should spend more time probing his cocaine use in school. I'd rather not go there myself, but Mr. Audacity does not seem to hold out hope for all of us.
MORE: Jason Whitlock, a sportswriter in Kansas City, thinks Imus is a distraction:
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.
I ain’t saying Jesse, Al and Vivian [Stringer, coach at Rutgers] 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.
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.
H/t to H&R.