In the grand scheme, Don Imus is no threat to us in general and no threat to black women in particular. If his words are so powerful and so destructive and must be rebuked so forcefully, then what should we do about the idiot rappers on BET, MTV and every black-owned radio station in the country who use words much more powerful and much more destructive?
I don\ufffdt listen or watch Imus\ufffd 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\ufffds cool to be a baby-daddy rather than a husband and a parent? Does he tell his listeners that they\ufffdre suckers for pursuing education and that they\ufffdre selling out their race if they do?
When Imus does any of that, call me and I\ufffdll get upset. Until then, he is what he is \ufffd a washed-up shock jock who is very easy to ignore when you\ufffdre 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\ufffds no money and lots of danger in that battle, so Jesse and Al are going to sit it out.