Archive for April 7, 2007

Don Imus is a Dick…I Challenge Anyone to Prove Me Otherwise

Posted in Dom Imus, Racism on April 7, 2007 by Dax-Devlon Ross

D-Wil brought the fire with his incisive vitriol so now it’s time for me to bring the ice.

Believe me, I don’t want to be on my computer at 8:30 on a Saturday night. I want to be watching the Nets/Chicago game. I want my feet kicked up and my beer lampin’ on the night stand. That is what I want; what I have earned.

But I can’t get this anger out my gut so I have to write it out. If I didn’t add my two cents to the conversation then I wouldn’t be able to look at all the black women I love and who love me. In their names I have to say something. It’s my duty.

See, that’s what people like Don Imus don’t seem to get. As old as he is, he still doesn’t understand that it’s not – and never will be – okay for him to air his disgusting prejudices on the airwaves. I can’t police what a man believes. I have no desire to change his heart. He’s too old for me to waste my breathe. I only want him to grasp that in all of his time of living and with all of the fruits this nation has bestowed upon his soul, he has remained woefully ignorant. Let me repeat myself so that I’m clear. The real shame of the Don Imus debacle is that a man fast approaching 70, a man who came of age as black Americans were fighting in earnest for their civil liberties and who ripened into manhood beneath the banner of this nation’s only legitimate cultural revolution, didn’t know any better. Don, baby, are you that out of it?

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Double Standard

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2007 by jweiler

Thanks to Big Chown Dog for passing along a baffling exchange Wednesday on Boston’s WEEI. WEEI is, to the best of my knowledge, the number one sports talk radio station in the country. According to the 2006 book, Sports Talk Radio in America, it’s the only sports talk station in the top fifteen markets in the United States that is among the top ten radio stations in that market. Like all sports talk radio stations, its target demographic is men, ages 25-54 (though WEEI does very well among women in that age range as well), and the audience is mostly White. WEEI also serves up, even by the standards of sports talk radio stations, a healthy dose of resentment and some of the bigotry that is a frequent off-shoot of such resentment (one of its popular shows, Dennis and Callahan, got into hot water in 2003 when the two hosts compared a gorilla who escaped from a local zoo to an African-American high school student).

In this case, Big Chown Dog reports on the outrage over Billy Packer’s comments, which I referred to the other day, but didn’t spell out. In a conversation with Charlie Rose that aired on PBS last Friday, the night before the Final Four, Rose offered to Packer that he would come help Packer cover the final four if Packer wished. Apparently, Rose has made this promise to Packer before, because Packer was playfully dismissive of Rose’s offer. How Packer was dismissive is what’s caused some controversy. Packer told Rose: “youalways fag out on that one for me…”

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