The only good thing about the whole Imus affair is that maybe a serious conversation about race will finally get started in this country. Other than that, it’s indicative of everything that’s wrong with us these days. There does seem to be one writer who gets it. He’s Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star. His column yesterday said it better than anyone else I’ve read so far. In the interest of fair use, I’ll present part it, but to read the whole thing, and you should, please go here.
"Thank you, Don Imus. You’ve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.
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.
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.
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."