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April 12, 2007

Breaking: CBS Radio Fires Imus -- Off The TV, Now Off The Radio, Now On The Dole

On Cavuto.

Let me get this straight:

Imus is a rich, white male.

He made his controversial statements about poor (let's assume) black women just one week and one day ago. He called them "nappy headed ho's," and they've been forced to live with this false charge, although actually they haven't, because no one believes they are "nappy headed ho's" and the media has been quite sympathetic in noting they are not "nappy headed ho's." Indeed, even Imus says they're not "nappy headed ho's."

They faced, of course, no possible prosecution nor jail time for the false allegation of being "nappy headed ho's," and were not, as far as I know, indicted on a count of aggravated hoing with possession of nappy hair.

Imus is now fired.

It took the Rutgers Womens Basketball team eight days to get justice for a minor slight that hurt their feelings, perhaps, for an hour, and angered them for at most a week.

On the other hand:

Crystal Gail Mangum is a poor, black woman. And, you know, a whore, a criminal, a thief, and a perjurer.

The Duke Three were rich white boys.

They were accused of this fantastical crime thirteen months ago. They were indicted for the second-worse crime on the books -- rape -- and condemned by the media and most of the world of the worst moral crime, racism.

They faced perhaps 25 years in jail if convicted of this actual crime.

It took 395 days for them to receive justice.

The villainous perjurer, Crystal Gail Mangum, will never receive justice, incidentally -- because the NC AG has decided not to prosecute, and the rich, white male victims of her vicious lie have decided not to sue the poor, black woman for the nightmare she plunged them into.

I seem to remember an old slogan favored by the civil rights movement:

"Justice delayed is justice denied."

Is that principle in operation any longer? Or is only sometimes true?

Terry Moran seems to think the Duke boys, in the end, got what they deserved -- thirteen months of hell for having the temerity to attend a party in which strippers were invited (and white strippers were requested!) -- even though it might have been overkill, slightly, to actually imprison them for this crime.

So 395 days of hell isn't enough for us to feel "too sorry" for the Duke 3, but 8 days of l'affaire Imus proves just how racist, sexist, and classist this society is.

Those poor Rutgers Womens Basketball team players. How they soldiered on this past week and a day is beyond all comprehension.

They're the real heroes here.

I don't mean to knock them -- they are, like the Duke 3, blameless in this. And they were, in fact, wronged.

But one cannot help but notice that the wrong inflicted on the Duke 3 was of a rather more solemn and serious sort than the trivial playground putdown inflicted on the Rutgers 11.

And yet the media -- such as Terry Moran -- straight-facedly compares the two, and not only does he compare the incomparable, he deems the Rutgers 11 to be the more aggrieved party, and the party deserving of greater sympathy, the ones who really had to dig deep within themselves to find the strength... to overcome.

Because a minor shock-jock, 20th or lower in the ratings, called them "nappy headed ho's," and not a single person in the entire world supported or endorsed this insult. Not even the man first uttering it.

What.

The hell.

Has the world.

Come to.



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