First they came for Don Imus…
"It is our feeling that this is only the beginning. We must have a broad discussion on what is permitted and not permitted in terms of the airwaves." - Rev. Al Sharpton
As I mentioned here the other day, I'm pretty sure Don Imus had no idea that his calling the Rutgers University women's basketball team a buncha nappy headed hoes would eventually end up costing him both his job with MSNBC as well as his job with CBS.
At first it looked like he might be able to apologize his way out of this, maybe spend a little time at the same rehab Isaiah Washington went to after he called one of his closeted co-workers a "faggot" while he was choking the shit out of some other guy.
While he was paying lip service to the Rev. Al Sharpton, Imus made it a point to note that it's not like he invented the phrase nappy headed ho. In fact, he only learned it himself from rappers, who say shit like that all the time. If he has his life ruined for saying it once, while these other d-bags get to continue to say it all the time, isn't that kind of a double standard?
Rapper and leader in The Fight for a Man's Rights Snoop Dogg addressed this issue in an interview with MTV. According to Snoop Dogg, when a rapper calls a black woman a ho it's different than the way Imus used the term.
"[Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We're talking about ho's that's in the 'hood that ain't doing sh--, that's trying to get a n---a for his money. These are two separate things."
I couldn't have said it any better myself.
But you have to wonder how long Snoop Dogg will be able to use such terms to refer to women who really are hoes. If the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton and the rest of these d-bags can have Don Imus dropped like a bad habit from both MSNBC and CBS, how hard would it be for them to have a Snoop Dogg dropped from Geffen Records?
Take for example the nappy headed ho who accused the Duke lacrosse team of gang raping her. They brought her trifling ass in for DNA testing and come to find out she had the gism of five different men swirling around in that nasty, cavernous hoo-hah of hers - none of which, I'll have you know, belonged to anyone on the Duke lacrosse team. We can still call her a ho, right? I mean, whoring was literally this woman's life's work.
I thought Imus brought up a good point when he noted that the Rev. Sharpton has been on his ass all week to apologize, but Sharpton himself has yet to apologize for accusing the Duke lacrosse team of being a buncha gang rapists. Shit, he's yet to apologize for the thing with that nappy headed ho Tawana Brawley, and that's been going on 20 years ago!
Finally, shouldn't the real issue be that there are so many unscrupulous women in our community? If there weren't, phrases like nappy headed ho would've never been invented in the first place. I'm not saying what Don Imus said was right, but if we want to get rid of such terms, perhaps we should start by getting rid of the kind of women who inspire us to use them in the first place.
Am I right, or am I right?