Jason Whitlock’s column on the Imus controversy is fiery to say the least. Here’s a couple bits from the opening:
I’m calling for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the president and vice president of Black America, to step down.
We’ve turned Jesse and Al into Supreme Court justices. They get to speak for us for a lifetime. Why?
If judged by the results they’ve produced the last 20 years, you’d have to regard their administration as a total failure. Seriously, compared to Martin and Malcolm and the freedoms and progress their leadership produced, Jesse and Al are an embarrassment.
Whitlock goes on to decry Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer’s “massive pity party/recruiting rally,” adding, “The insistence by these young women that they have been emotionally scarred by an old white man with no currency in their world is laughably dishonest.” More:
Imus’ words did no real damage. Let me tell you what damaged us this week: the sports cover of Tuesday’s USA Today. This country’s newspaper of record published a story about the NFL and crime and ran a picture of 41 NFL players who were arrested in 2006. By my count, 39 of those players were black.
Has the strident mock emotionalism of this whole affair been more effectively dissected anywhere else?