The new third rail in public discourse

When Don Imus apologized for calling the Rutgers University women’s basketball team a buncha nappy headed hoes the other day, he made it a point to note that he realizes that he crossed the line in this case, but my guess is that he had no idea this would be such a big deal. As Howard Stern pointed out, shit like this has been Imus’ MO for as long as he’s been in radio.

In fact, political website Slate recently put together a list of other inappropriate comments Imus has made over the years that didn’t result in nearly as much controversy. A few of my favorites included referring to the New York Knicks as a buncha “chest-thumping pimps,” referring to Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post as a “boner-nosed, beanie-wearing Jewboy,” and referring to NBC political correspondent Chip Reid as a “limp-wristed ‘mo.”

Which begs the question: What’s the difference between all of the above (plus any number of other such incidents) and calling the Rutgers squad “some nappy headed hoes?” I’m going to go ahead and put forth that this controversy has hardly anything to do with the actual phrase nappy headed hoes itself. The real issue here is that Don Imus just so happened to stumble upon the new third rail in public discours, which is the black woman’s personal appearance vis a vis white women.

The media has made it a point to focus in on the phrase nappy headed hoes because, let’s face it, it’s fucking hilarious. But if you notice, the scope of the conversation in which said phrase was uttered had to do with how rough-looking the Rutgers squad compared to the Tennessee Lady Vols, many of which are relatively lighter in skin tone. Imus and his cohost Bernard McGuirk even went so far as to compare the match up to the Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes in the Spike Lee film School Daze.

To wit:

IMUS: That’s some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and –

BERNARD McGUIRK: Some hard-core hos.

IMUS: That’s some nappy-headed hos there. I’m gonna tell you that now, man, that’s some — woo. And the girls from Tennessee, they all look cute, you know, so, like — kinda like — I don’t know.

McGUIRK: A Spike Lee thing.

IMUS: Yeah.

McGUIRK: The Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes — that movie that he had.

And here’s the thing: as long as there’s been such a thing as women’s basketball, there have been men making fun of how masculine and ugly female basketball players are. Remember when the WNBA began back in the 1990s? All you heard about it was a) how no one actually showed up to the games, and b) how the players were all a buncha dykes. Even Spike Lee himself, who’s been calling for Imus’ head, couldn’t help but poke fun at WNBA players in his film She Hate Me.

So obviously the issue here wasn’t just a matter of an old crackety-crack suggesting that a black female basketball team is a buncha nasty-looking bulldaggers. The issue is that an old crackety-crack suggested that the darker female basketball team was even more nasty and bulldagger-ish than the lighter-skinned team. Black women found this especially hurtful because it essentially suggested that white women are better-looking than black women.

And I think we all know that’s the real issue here. Whether or not you believe that to be true (and I’m not gonna say it is, because I think it’s wrong to generalize), this obviously wouldn’t be nearly as much of an issue if most people didn’t. But at the same time, it’s a man’s prerogative to like what he likes, right? I can’t help but think that what’s really going on here is the criminalization of the idea that white women are better-looking than black woman, which is of course just wrong on so many levels.

  • sATaLyte

    Way Off!

  • billy x. sunday

    first!

  • billy x. sunday

    first!

  • John Cochran

    I think subliminaly we all look at lighter skin as more pretty than darker skin. When I was in middle school we sweated the light skin hoes and teased the dark ones. I dont do that now ( that much) but I’ve always wondered why. It stems from years of white supremacy in this country, maybe. But all that aside those girls are ugly as hell. How many female ball players look good peroid, nigger or cracker. They all butch lookin, keep it rea;.

  • outya’self

    bol you ougtha go at that cracka neck kna’mean!? throw a couple literal darts his way and let’em know what time it is ya dig! if these whites diss one of our women, theybasically diss;em all,mama’s,sisters etc.etc.Oh yeah fuck all them idiots who gon’ say “well hip-hop call women hoes all the time”, thats not the point the point is he wasn’t in the right type of forum and mind to try to get a comment off like that!rappers call hoes for what they are, this mufuka jus’ associated educated beautiful black women with street hookers and whores for no reason. get’em bol!!

  • http://blogs.hiphopdx.com/meka Meka Soul

    p.a.w.gs > alek wek-type women.

    yeah, i said it.

  • Content

    What’s wrong with calling a spade a spade

  • therealwayno

    So if I am reading in between the lines correctly, Bol you want to be a white woman?

  • http://www.gangstergreed.com?ref=5881 Rich Boy

    Nappy headed hos=phrase of the year

    http://www.gangstergreed.com?ref=5881

  • Rap thang

    this is why beyonce is popular, and you never hear about kelly since destiny child broke up

  • Mr. Jones

    yea i gotta agree with Bol……he shouldnt have made those comments,, thats just dumb..but it def shouldnt have been blown up so much. i mean who the fuck is DON IMUS anyways??why are we focused on someone who is not even that popular?

  • Mr. Jones

    yea i gotta agree with Bol……he shouldnt have made those comments,, thats just dumb..but it def shouldnt have been blown up so much. i mean who the fuck is DON IMUS anyways??why are we focused on someone who is not even that popular?

  • public doamain

    Are ya’ll moderating posts now…Or did I offend someone???

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    It was wrong to call them hoes because we don’t know if its true or not but those bitches sure were nappy headed.

  • anything

    “and I’m not gonna say it is, because I think it’s wrong to generalize”– Bol

    you are kidding, right?

  • anything

    “and I’m not gonna say it is, because I think it’s wrong to generalize”– Bol

    you are kidding, right?

  • Randomname

    Real talk the little time I spent watching that game I was kinda thinking the same thing. The Lady Vols weren’t just lighter skinned they didn’t have tats, and carried themselves better. That Do the right thing comparison was so right on. But it turns out to be one of those things we can only say about each other I guess.

    Yeah he was wrong for saying it but, the media is just as bad for spinning this out of control and putting Jesse one step closer to getting a new Benz.

    PS who made him our leader ? Can we impeach him.

  • cc

    Applause…You hit the nail on the head

  • FLIP

    “because I think it’s wrong to generalize)”

    ——————————————

    NIGGA PLEASE!

  • orangejuicejones

    I agree with you right here, he just avoided the word black or dark skinned, because as all black people know whether light bright damn near white or pitch black, kinky hair doesn’t discriminate.

    This stupid bitch Don Imus is connotating nappy hair and dark skin with ugliness, when in actuality that is our (the black race) essence. Fuck that clown and I love all the sistas be they Halle Berry or Patra, and aint nothin wrong with nappy hair, I prefer it over a perm any day.

    I’m glad black people are unifying and speaking out. Faggot niggas hatin on the eye candy Bria sayin she too dark, yall niggas must not know how right it is layin next to a beautiful pitch black body, fuck these white clowns and their dick-sucking cohorts who condone this time of shit, but we live in a Eurocentric society so what else can I expect but a bunch of prejudiced crackers and uncle tom ass black fags (which normally includes Bol, but he gets a pass for this article)

  • http://www.myspace.com/gcpentertainment TRILLGATOR

    tRILGATOR IS QUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ill will

    so is it true nas said hip hop is dead?

  • dameSTATii

    Bol, you’re my dog and all (nullus), but you really seem to hate yourself (black people) at times.

    Pimp C would say: “You need to luhv yo’ black woman, and stop beein’ a beeyatch”

    TheStatus has spoken.. Carry on.

  • http://xxlmag.com eskay

    lol @ Meka Soul

  • Philip

    Ayo Damestatii, that Pimp C is hella funny

  • ak47

    them bitches can ball, and they probably aren’t hoes. but they sure are nappy headed than a muthafucka.

    at least don was half right.

  • RockCity

    As far as lighter skin and darker skin goes, thats some Willie Lynch shit that I never fell for. Aint nuthin a light skin girl can do that a dark one cant. And Imus has been talkin out his ass forever, the media just wants to bring light to this one issue, why? i dont know.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Bol, you’re my dog and all (nullus), but you really seem to hate yourself (black people) at times.

    Damn it, I knew someone would try to turn this all around one me.

  • mas
  • Nikki Sorell

    How dare you criticize Imus and question our community’s standard of beauty when just 2 weeks ago you called Jennifer Hudson Aunt Jemimah because of her weight and skin color. You really need to check yourself and your credentials as a writer of Hip Hop and African American news and views. You are one of the reasons that Hip Hop is dying! XXL needs to handle your comments about large African American women the same way CNBC handled Imus’ ignorant ass. I will NEVER buy another edition of XXL and I will encourage others to the same.

  • Rob

    Bol,

    You got something in common with Imus: You both talk out of your ass for attention. He just happened to go too far this time.

  • NoMamesBuey

    The unfairness in when or who is OK to spout racism or sexism is ridiculous.

    mAnn Coulter is viciously racist & xenophobic, but s/he just gets more publicity. This Coulter bitch said “we should kill all muslim leaders & force their people to convert to Christianity”. She prolly had some extremely offensive against American blacks, 1000x worse than Imus. Search it on google. It may take a while, since this tranny mAnn Coulter says outrageous stuff often.

    I love Chappelle & Mencia since they fake fun of all races, including their own. But in the end it’s just joking, and the dudes in real life have friends from other races. Actually Chappelle’s wife is Asian, & Mencia’s wife white. That seems to be strong evidence that those dudes aren’t racist

  • ONE50

    Leave it up to Bol to translate a white man’s thoughts

  • these posts are racist

    “I can’t help but think that what’s really going on here is the criminalization of the idea that white women are better-looking than black woman…”

    No. The issue is somebody with a public forum making racist “nappy headed” and mysoginistic “hoes” statements. You’re right, he’s made other racist comments, including saying he believes the middle east and all its inhabitants should be bombed, along with the other statements you describe. Just because he got away with saying other racist stuff doesn’t make this one OK.

    In any event, it will be up to his advertisers to decide if they want to keep him on or not. I think what made this situation more outragoues were the ages of these girls he insulted and the fact that a respected university like Rutgers came out and swiftly condemned the comments. Then Al Sharpton and J. Jackson made it the big deal it really is, as opposed to just letting it slide as a harmless joke.

    Imus is a prick and i hope his advertisers pull the plug on him and his biogotted talk.

  • GT_Massive

    Bol,

    Thanks for the education, I was wondering what the context of Imus’s comment was, now it makes a bit more sense. I didn’t watch the game, so I can’t justify or negate the comparison to Skool Daze, but I challenge that Imus probably should have caught hell for one of his comments before this, and after Kramer started mouthin off, it’s probably best that we start policing these white people’s mouths. Too many liberties have been taken and we need to nip it in the bud. Imus is a rich white man, he’ll be ok.

    But I’m not mad at you for looking at it objectively tho.

    BTW, when did Al Sharpton become the ass to kiss when you want to apologize to black America? Why can’t we send the disobiedient crackers to Tavis Smiley or something?

  • these posts are racist

    …and yes, in this day, it is OK to be racist against Arabs/Muslims. Just ask BOL, Bill O’Rielly, etc. etc. etc.

  • http://blogs.hiphopdx.com/meka Meka Soul

    >Then Al Sharpton and J. Jackson made it the big deal it really is, as opposed to just letting it slide as a harmless joke…>

    jessie jackson referred to jews one time as “hymies.” and al sharpton is al sharpton. since when have they become the emperors of black people?

  • whiteman

    Don’t you notice that right after they where called nappy headed hoes that every one of the black players on that team went and straightend the shit out of their hair. Doesn’t this kind of suggest that they look better with straighter whiter looking hair? YES.

  • http://www.jameslambjr.com J. Lamb

    I can’t help but think that what’s really going on here is the criminalization of the idea that white women are better-looking than black woman, which is of course just wrong on so many levels.” – Bol

    Bol, I usually enjoy these posts, if only because they provide a wonderful example of Black male radicalism towards popular culture. However, this post misses the major thrust of the anti-Don Imus perspective. Don Imus’ racist and sexist invective emerged on public airwaves and was televised by a 24 hour news network, directed against college students who never harmed him.

    While the idea that White women are inherently more attractive than Black women was expressed by Imus’ commentary, that ugly and incorrect perspective blended with the more succinct racist and sexist soundbite of “nappy-headed ho’s”. The pertinent question here asks whether African American women have any dignity a White man is socially bound to respect.

    This debate was about corporate social responsibility, not a general American belief in the disgusting stereotype that posits Black women as inherently more unattractive than White women. Further, that stereotype should be criminalized. People do not have to associate with or date Black women, but it’s really disgusting to offer support to the idea that Black women, just by being themselves, are inherently unattractive when compared to their European counterparts.

  • THAT_BOY_NOAH

    I LOVE WHITE MEAT!!!!!!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >This debate was about corporate social responsibility, not a general American belief in the disgusting stereotype that posits Black women as inherently more unattractive than White women.

    If that’s the case, then why wasn’t it an issue when he called a Jewish guy a boner nosed Jewboy or the New York Knicks chest thumping pimps?

    The point I was trying to make is that the black woman’s personal appearance is one of those third rail issues.

    >Further, that stereotype should be criminalized.

    And that’s my other thing: How are you gonna criminalize something as subjective and intangible as who men want to fuck?

    Are you gonna have thought police hook guys up to heart monitors and show them pictures of Scarlett Johansson?

  • TaZ

    Who gives a fuck…. i beleive this is a hip hop website???

  • brutha-man

    Bol, this is probably your worst blog post ever. You should just quit…the sad thing is you actually believe you said something profound. You’re part of the problem Byron crawford.

  • mars

    Its not criminalization. No-one is getting a criminal record, just fired. Really if anything this case is about black revenge for current and historical slights, which is fine with me. I can’t catch a cab so fire em all for any mis-step and I wont shed a tear.

  • mars

    wheres mu commets?

  • shay

    LIGHTSKIN/WHITE/STRAIGHT NOSE/SMALL LIPPED WOMEN WILL ALWAYS BE SEEN AS BETTER LOOKING THAN ANYONE WHO DOES NOT FIT INTO THAT CATEGORY! IT’S SOMETHING THAT WILL ‘NEVER’ CHANGE! PERIOD!

  • EnglandRepresent

    This shit was fuckin hilarious Bol.

    These Posts Are Racist : You sir, yes you, are an utter twat.

  • rizzop

    buncha nasty-looking bulldaggers…..Comedy…And i love black women, but im pretty sure at least two of em are hoes….why ya’ll think so many STD’s are going around? (ok that was ignorant, but shit happens)

  • stoneyisland

    This needs to be said…Rutgers female ball players are not eye candy, some are ruff looking as hell, some looked like they got up threw on their uniforms and went straight to ballin:) I mean you work with what you got, some of these sistas look like they never heard of the word perm. My point is they all look like female samuel l jackson’s to put it nicely:)

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    > “If that’s the case, then why wasn’t it an issue when he called a Jewish guy a boner nosed Jewboy or the New York Knicks chest thumping pimps?”

    ^^^^^
    Cuz Jewish people aren’t aggressive and you can call them whatever you want to (ie – Chris Rock calling white people “Cracka-ass Cracka) and they ain’t gonna do nothing about it …

    … AND …

    Where we come from “Chest thumpin’ pimps” is a compliment. The Knicks were pro’lly “high-fivin’” each other like “Word!” when they heard that.

    remember, “It’s hard out there for a pimp” won a Grammy so being called a pimp isn’t an insult now-a-days” … and “Chest thumping” is hardly offensive.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Cuz Jewish people aren’t aggressive and you can call them whatever you want to (ie – Chris Rock calling white people “Cracka-ass Cracka) and they ain’t gonna do nothing about it …

    Do you not realize that you’re proving my point? Those things you mentioned aren’t third rail issues. Obviously in this case a black woman’s personal appearance was.

  • kobehater

    It is true what Imus said those are some nappy headed hoes. Man those bitches are ugly to be honest with you I find all black women disgusting. My opinion.

  • these posts are racist

    BOL-

    You pick out a couple examples where Jewish groups, etc. didn’t protest negative comments made about Jews. Do some research on the JDL (Jewish Defense League) and see how many times they have shut mofos down for making disparaging/racist comments targeted at Jews…and in many instances they’ve ruined people’s lives for comments that weren’t racist but with comments that they simply disagreed with…Just because Imus wasn’t slammed for the particular comments you mention in your post, it doesn’t mean that black women are the only group to snap and shut a fool down for dissing them in such an innappropriate manner.

    Your assertion to the contrary, is simply and factually…wrong.

  • these posts are racist

    …and people like Chris Rock can make white jokes while white comedians have to becareful because racism in the US is not trapped in a bubble. In other words while, by definition, it appears as such, there is a long history of white supremacy in America. 400 years of whites owning blacks, having sex with their wifes, snatching their babies from their mothers’ arms and selling them, etc. Jim Crow laws, voting rights, (as recent as the ’00 and ’04 elections…blacks were denied certain voting rights), etc. all give Chris Rock’s jokes context…and make them harmless when viewed in light of the history of white supramcy and its damaging, damaging effects.

  • Smash Gordon!

    I can’t help but think that what’s really going on here is the criminalization of the idea that white women are better-looking than black woman, which is of course just wrong on so many levels.

    Bol -stop actin like you give a shyt about black women ..I could pull up at least 10-15 post where you degrade blackwomen and in the same context drool over a white woman..I mean you epitomize the problem and you dont even know it!…just go thru your post and look..it’s subconcious you talk about whitewomen like they are the only women you are attracted too and then turn around diss your own women as hoes welfare recipients and every other stereo type…now all of a sudden you have a concious…man get yo fakin ass outta here!..keep feening over your joss stones we see thru you playa!

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    I love the way you didn’t post my comment. The truth shall set you free.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    these posts are racist Says:

    April 12th, 2007 at 12:32 pm
    …and people like Chris Rock can make white jokes while white comedians have to becareful because racism in the US is not trapped in a bubble. In other words while, by definition, it appears as such, there is a long history of white supremacy in America. 400 years of whites owning blacks, having sex with their wifes, snatching their babies from their mothers’ arms and selling them, etc. Jim Crow laws, voting rights, (as recent as the ‘00 and ‘04 elections…blacks were denied certain voting rights), etc. all give Chris Rock’s jokes context…and make them harmless when viewed in light of the history of white supramcy and its damaging, damaging effects.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    PREACH…FINALLY!!!…SOMEONE WITH SOME SENSE SPEAKING THE TRUTH…GOOD COMMENT AND POINT TPAR…I POSTED SOMETHING BUT BOL DID NOT LET IT THROUGH…THE TRUTH IS A MOFO…

  • http://www.msn.com KB

    FUCK KOBE HATER: YOUR A CAKE BOY FAGOT!

  • Combat Jack

    oh you mad cause I’m stylin on you > nappy headed ho’s

  • http://www.jameslambjr.com J. Lamb

    If that’s the case, then why wasn’t it an issue when he called a Jewish guy a boner nosed Jewboy or the New York Knicks chest thumping pimps?

    The point I was trying to make is that the black woman’s personal appearance is one of those third rail issues.” – Bol

    Your point that Black female personal appearance emerges today as one of those untouchable issues in American culture came across in your post. Still, I think the lack of public outcry against Don Imus when he attacked Howard Kurtz of CNN’s Reliable Sources with anti-Semitic commentary happened for the same reason that minimal public outcry manifested when Imus called PBS’ Gwen Ifill a “cleaning lady”. Kurtz and Ifill are nationally recognized public journalists, and most Americans are willing to ignore racist and sexist verbiage when directed toward public celebrities. The New York Knicks, professional celebrities themselves, handle their own public relations. No one seems outraged by the many ‘race huckster’ reverberations that many members of our chattering class call Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton today.

    Don Imus directed his racist and sexist vitriol against young people who never harmed him, who’s only contribution was playing basketball in the NCAA women’s championship. I believe many parents of college age students heard about this controversy and felt Mr. Imus crossed a line. (Not that I think that’s a positive element of this debate; until the Rutgers’ press conference, many folk thought nothing was amiss with the commentary, and that suggests that for some, anti-Black racism and sexism wasn’t as much as a problem as attacking children. Both are reprehensible.) Howard Kurtz benefits from a cable news program and Washington Post columns where his perspectives can be expressed; he can ‘clap back’ at Don Imus on his own time.

    And that’s my other thing: How are you gonna criminalize something as subjective and intangible as who men want to fuck?

    Are you gonna have thought police hook guys up to heart monitors and show them pictures of Scarlett Johansson?” – Bol

    I don’t think conversations on Black female personal appearance necessarily involve the third rail; the untouchable sentiment involves the socially constructed public preference many people have for lighter, European female sexuality. That’s a problem, because it acknowledges American social programming that prefers Mary Kate over Serena without any respect for either woman’s individuality or humanity. No, we may not be able to ‘criminalize’ the colorstruck in the strictest sense, but we can certainly impose social sanctions on those with such preferences. It’s obvious that within the Black community, Black women have ostracized those brothers with a taste for the other White meat since antiquity. (Trust me, I know.)

    Mind you, I’m the last person to suggest that male free choice should be less protected that Black female sexuality, but men who presuppose that White women are always more attractive than Black women have already subjugated their free choice, because they simply enact their general American social programming in their personal choices and relegate themselves to low grade mechanical animals without soul or good sense.

    Further, let’s be honest. An appeal to libertarian ideals to ward off ‘thought policing’ remains a poor refuge for those who simply find dark skin naturally ugly. If men want to fuck White women to the exclusion of Black females, that’s no one’s problem. The problem involves the racist step taken when people assume that just because they personally don’t want to fuck a Black woman, that Black women are naturally unattractive, masculine, bossy, rude, unproductive, ignorant, and worthless. Those stereotypes, congealed into the inhuman sound bite ‘nappy-headed ho’, have no place in the modern American republic, and should be expelled from our public discourse.

  • these posts are racist

    EnglandRepresent-

    Yo mama, trick.

  • rec

    My Effin’ Opinion Says:

    April 12th, 2007 at 10:35 am”
    Cuz Jewish people aren’t aggressive and you can call them whatever you want to…”

    i think the lebanese and palestinians would beg to differ

  • annoyedfloridagirl

    If find it interesting that you are all so intrigued by the progression of black women when we have advanced further than the black man. Black people make up less than 15% of this country. For every 1 ugly black woman, there are at least 5 ugly white women. The last time I checked, not all black men were light skinned. Back in the day, in case you forgot, you were forgotten. While you are in jail, we have the jobs. Your options are rapping/sports. Imus comments were just as ignorant as some of yours. There is preference versus prejudice. Personally, my preference is a college degree, no felonies,no kids (out of wedlock bastards), car, own place, ambition, driven… Pick one of those and I have left 95% of black men out. Which is why I am in an interracial relationship. It has nothing to do with color, and everything to do with character.

    henry simmons > djimon hounsou
    reggie bush > delonte west

    All light skinned chicks are not hot. Tiny may be a redbone, but there is a project crackhead somewhere hotter. Get real black men. Some of your egos are so bruised, you need acceptance from someone (she just happens to be white).

    -These are your insecurities, not the black woman’s. Last time I checked, society was pointing the finger at you as barbaric criminals, thugs, lazy, can’t hold a job, deadbeats, losers, and dropouts.

    Quite frankly, I could not give a damn, I’m just a little annoyed. However, let’s be real. Face the mirror people. You have been brainwashed by the media. It shows just how weak black men really are and why you are so easily intimidated. Shameful to society and your own race. My boyfriend thinks it is so funny how when we go out your the ones throwing looks. You are the ones attempting to pop bottles, and once again being easily influenced by what you see. Wannabe men, half ass men. c your favorite rapper.

  • B

    This is a low brow poorly written commentary on the issue.

  • common sense

    it all stems back from slavery we were all instilled to hate black and love white and it is still happening today, its been passed down through the generations just like hateing on other people gets passed through the generations.e.g now if a man passes two girls walking toward him in a street or in a club one black and one light skinned he gonna look at the lighter skinned woman first. its a damn shame but its true.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    rec Says:

    April 12th, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    i think the lebanese and palestinians would beg to differ

    ^^^^^

    Good Point. (I think Jesus might beg to differ as well)

  • http://www.modelminority.blogspot.com M.dot

    Black women found this especially hurtful because it essentially suggested that white women are better-looking than black women.
    ========
    Not only does his statement suggest it, but black and white pop culture reinforces it.

    Think about it.

    a. Remember when Pharell caught all that flack about his brazilian gurl comment.

    b. Nappy Hair is a LIGHTENING ROD for black women. We stress over our naps the way white women stress over their weight. For trill.

    c. In TV and Film, it is more likely than not that a Black male will co-star with a woman who is light, is of an amorphous ethnicity and has some curly hair.
    Google-it.

  • obx

    their are so many levels to this incident, 1. the remarks were inappropriate
    2. we/blacks call each other names that we don’t want others too.
    3. I DON’T REMEMBER EVER EVER VOTING JESSE JACKSON KING OF THE BLACKS, and AL the GRAND Pu BUT

    I was in the military, and had a similar run in with the chain of command about the N-BOMB, some one white dropped it, and I didn’t take it to well. To defend the white soldier, the first thing out of the commander’s mouth was “what’s the big deal, you call each other that all the time..”
    He had never heard me refer to anyone in that manner,
    But he had made his point,

    like kinder gardeners tell you “when you point at someone, 3 fingers are pointing back at you…PEACE