Tuesday, April 10, 2007
We're taking calls tonight on Don Imus
Was the two week suspension enough? Should Don Imus have been fired? Or is he getting a raw deal? We're taking your calls tonight at this number -- 877-648-3639 -- after 10 p.m. ET. Let us know what you think.
Posted By CNN: 5:41 PM ET
  49 Comments
I think he got a raw deal. Don Imus is a very educated man with many years in the business. People of color can make fun of themselves all the time or also make fun of white people with no response from the public whatsoever. This is political correctness run crazy!!!!!
Posted By Anonymous Amy, Wallingford, CT : 6:16 PM ET
Allowing someone to get a simple little slap on the wrist for causing pain that runs deep throughout the nation is incomprehensible. Think of the impact of what he said had on the women of Rutgers University. Let's not forget that those women are the innocent victims here. Imus should be fired immediately following his two week suspension. Let Imus continue to face the public humiliation that he gave to the Rutgers women.
Posted By Anonymous Jason - Seattle, WA : 6:23 PM ET
Phone calls tonight, yeah! I can't wait to hear all the fawning and gushing from all the idiots from the fantasy fanatic AC sites. I hope you guys have someone screening the calls. I can almost hear them dialing frantically now!
Posted By Anonymous Em, Toronto, Ontario, Canada : 6:26 PM ET
We should all take into account what we learned in 1st grade-if you don't like what someone says-don't pay attention!!!!!
I wonder how many men and women died overseas since "the comment" or how many family pets died from tainted food??!!
Get over it people! I for one am sick of hearing about this.
Posted By Anonymous Amy, Wallingford, CT : 6:36 PM ET
This guy is a 100% pure, Grade A jackass. I don't think he got a raw deal. Just because you're educated and have your own radio show and blah blah blah, it doesn't excuse the use of racist comments. Why is this man given a forum to spew his crap all over us? And it's a choice to listen to him, but I really believe that when people like him or Mel Gibson or that has been from the Jerry Seinfeld show do things like this, it reaches way more people than someone who doesn't have this kind of exposure. And that's dangerous. There is little hope for improvement in racial relations in this country if people like him are left out of control. One comment can ignite the worst kind of result. The Rutgers team got a raw deal, not Don Imus.
Posted By Anonymous Debbie, Denham Springs, LA : 6:44 PM ET
This man's career has run it's course,if he's so educated he should have thought before he spilled his offensive remarks, how relevant is he any way in today's talk radio? it's strange how this will all play out with Rev Al Sharpton taking the stage, next thing you know Oprah will have her take on it featuring the women's basketball team on her show, still his(Imus) remarks reflect a hipocracy of I don't mean it but I feel it"


Maritza
Posted By Anonymous Maritza, San Jose.ca : 6:48 PM ET
I guess I am the last person in America to know Imus. Until yesterday, I didn't know who the guy was? Really, have I missed anything? I guess this is another example of someone with a voice and media power behaving badly.

If 360 thinks you can hold this sad man accountable, more power to you. I just can't take it any more. Last night the show came on and for 20 minutes of the first hour all you all chatted about Imus. Do you know how much multi-taking a super Mom can do in 20 minutes? :)

Tonight I am definately hanging with Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert. The laughs might not be politically correct but at this point it just seems like more fun!
Posted By Anonymous Renee Bradenton, FL : 6:49 PM ET
Why don't Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson focus on the way in which women are shown in rap videos?
Ask them how it is that rappers who refer to women as "ho s" are applauded, given awards, put on the "A" list, most importantly, held up as "heroes" to African -Amer. kids.
Posted By Anonymous xtina - chicago IL : 6:49 PM ET
As a black woman, I find the comments offensive, but Don Imus is of no moment. Who really places any value on his thoughts and opinions? I think that it is a tremendous mistake for the young women at Rutgers to allow themselves to be drawn in to this pointless discussion. They have proven their skills and talents.

I do not care if Imus retains his job. I might, however, not support the sponsors of his show.
Posted By Anonymous Marie, Oklahoma City : 6:49 PM ET
The terms "nappy headed" and "ho" did not come from the white population. The first time I heard "nappy headed" I was 10 years old, at summer camp. I was trying to braid another little girl's hair and she told me she was real "nappy headed". That was almost 60 years ago. I don't know when I first heard "ho", but I just thought whoever said it just wasn't able to pronounce the word correctly. I've heard both terms many times in recent years on TV and in music. Although I doubt I would ever have occasion to use them, they seem so common as to be pretty begign. So I guess all the fuss is that a white person used them. If you don't want to hear them, then quit using them and they will no longer be common in our language.
Posted By Anonymous Mary Harris, Ft. Smith, AR : 6:53 PM ET
I would like to start off and say that I think that Imus does need to get fired. He was wrong for what he said. If we are going to get mad about this. Then we also should get mad when I hear African Americans say Nerger on TV. I am not white but Korean. I dont belive that you can yell when a white makes a racies remark, but then it ok when your own makes the same remarks. I say you in America have Aferican American schools, but if there was a white school that would be wrong.Also there are grants scholarship out there for only African Americans. When we as humans finally stop looking at color but only at that we are all people this is when it will stop.
Posted By Anonymous Tony Peroia Arizona : 6:53 PM ET
Don Imus's remarks were stupid and hurtful, but I don't believe he should be fired. I am perplexed as to why the media believes that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have the moral integrity to address this issue. They have conveniently "fortgotten" about Sharpton's participation in the Tawana Brawley fiasco and Jesse Jackson's participation in the Duke Lacrosse case. Their actions were malicious and had a profound effect on the lives of the people they targeted, but Sharpton and Jackson were never punished for their lies and never felt the need to apologize for them. If Imus is considered a racist for what he said, then based on what I have heard Sharpton say on his radio program he easily fits the definition as well.

I do not excuse Imus for what he did, however, I think Sharpton and Jackson would better serve their community by addressing the atrocious manner in which Black comedians and musicians portray Black women in their "work." Would they consider whites who laugh at these jokes or buy this music racists?

If this is the biggest problem facing the Black community today, then the Civil Rights movement is in better shape than I thought.

For the record, I do not watch or listen to Imus because I do not care for his brand of humor.

Jo Ann
Posted By Anonymous Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 6:59 PM ET
This is awful. I'm a nappy headed black woman and I'm reminded that my appearance still offends people. Does Imus think all Black women are whores? Those girls are my daughter's age. How must their parents feel? America we're going down the tubes and we're going down fast.
Posted By Anonymous Yvonne Neal, Yonkers, New York : 7:02 PM ET
I don't think this is a racial or sexual issue? I think the NAACP is blowing everything out of porportion. You will never here them (NAACP) commenting when blacks like Sean P. Diddy call white girls gold diggers and hoes in there music. Also, when your guest commented on TV that all white people are racist. I think she was being closed minded in tieing everyone to the same leash. I think she is a bit racist if you ask me.
Posted By Anonymous Claudia, Fort Lauderdale, Florida : 7:03 PM ET
No. Don Imus should not be fired. Glenn Beck put it very well. What does it say about our culture when we pay someone to be mean? As vile and offensive as Imus' comments were, he is paid to be mean, just like Simon what'shisname. Should anyone get paid to be hurtful to others? NO! Beck was right on when he said that Imus was miserable. I don't waste my time on negative people like that. I can just imagine that anyone who makes a living being mean spirited and offending people must have a miserable existence. It's like having a diet of only candy and expecting to feel like anything but crap. These people are bound to feel bad about themselves whether they want to admit it or not. The viewer is the enabler for these people and I find that really sad and deplorable.
Good luck with the broadcast tonight.I will be watching the 360 re~run as I have a dinner meeting during the live show. It is just as well. I might be dialing that number you posted and as they say here in Texas, I can be a mess and a half (liberal handful female) and I can step off into huge piles of it ( I speak out for what I believe in). Hmm, I don't know why people think that's not flattering, It makes me sound so endearing! Well, at least I can laugh at myself. OMG!!! ANDERSON!!! do I have something in common with Simon? YIKES!
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 7:16 PM ET
While Imus is a has been a great philanthropist for Veterans and kids suffering with cancer, its difficult to take him seriously when listening to his show. The show is frequently as offensive as Howard Stern and we shouldn't promote these bigoted, racial, and sexist opinions. He should be off the air.
Posted By Anonymous Maureen, Wyoming, RI : 7:27 PM ET
Imus should be fired. Good riddance to the crusty old jerk & his henchman. There's too many megalomaniac DJ's who think THEY can't be called on anything. Oh, you may hear their voice alright, but some of them are pretty gross in person. Enough with appealing to the lowest common denominator of intelligence: Calling any life forms in primordial soup. STOP smearing and STOP taking calls of anonymous cowards who may or may not be who they say they are.How interesting that Imus was affronted and scoffed when someone had the audacity to mention he used to be involved in car commercials.Oh no!!! What a joke! Yet, calling black women "Nappy-headed ho's" or name calling any women anything, hey no problem.If he wants to call his own wife a "green ho," as he said he does, and she doesn't mind then good for you Mr. Geritol/Viagra. Whatever gives you a rise. It's none of our damn business, so please don't make it so.
Posted By Anonymous Carol B., Frederick, MD : 7:38 PM ET
HOW THE HELL IS DON IMUS GETTING A RAW DEAL? He never should have said what he said. I don't care if he as you said last night "is an equal opportunity basher" calling young women hos is wrong ANDERSON! He shouldn't be calling anyone out of their name. It is about time he's been called on the carpet for the nasty rogish comments he has made.

You need to get off this idea that Imus is the victim. HE IS NO VICTIM!!!!!!! He is finally getting what he deserves.

I know your team is probably saying "Well those BLACK rappers say that women are hos and they have those half naked black women all over the place, so Imus should be able to say it too. NO AN-DER-SON!!!!! Those Black rappers are just as wrong and they need to be stopped too, its just that mainstream white America looks the otherway because it is black on black. Black rappers need to be held accountable the same way Imus is being held accountable.

No one should be called derrogatory names by people who call themselves professionals in the broadcasting industry. Don Imus has talked about Jews, Whites, Gays, EVERYBODY. He needs to be stopped!!!

YOU NEED TO STOP DEFENDING THAT GUY!!

Maybe the only good thing that comes out of all this is that the country is really moving forward with human decency. Anderson Cooper 360 you all need to get on board.
Posted By Anonymous Madeliene Bolden, Atlanta, Georgia : 7:40 PM ET
I think he got a raw deal. If he were a black man saying this about the girls noone would care. If he were a black man saying this about white girls noone would do anything because if they did it would be called racist. Its his opinion and last time I checked he has the right in theis country to say it. If you dont like his opinion change the station to something else. Black people use anything that happens to a black person by a white as racist even though they diss whites and blacks much worse. I hear so many racist comments by blacks everyday at my school it makes what that comedian said seem like nothing. They call everything racist and use slavery which happened a long time ago as justice to use it. Even though they sold themselves to whites.
Posted By Anonymous Alex, Darien, IL : 7:47 PM ET
I don't think a two-week suspension constitutes political correctness run amok unless the Rutgers women say so.

Stan from South Park said it best when addressing his black friend, Token, on the playground. "Token," he said, "I think I finally get it -- I don't get it." Token responds, "You finally get it, Stan."
Posted By Anonymous Colleen, Wallingford, CT : 7:47 PM ET
Here's your non-PC comment of the night. Freedom of speech is just that, freedom of speech. Ditto for freedom of the press and media. People have the right to their opinions, to blast them on the air, on the web, or in the paper. If a person doesn't like it, change the channel, cancel the subscription, or turn it off. Part of being in the public light is that people will say things about you that you may not like. If your self-esteem is so low that a stanger's opinion is that offensive that you want his head, maybe you need serious therapy and a lot of self-love. As long as the God of my understanding is good with me, I really don't care about anyone else's thoughts on me. The world needs to get a grip and stop taking itself so seriously. Life is way too short to worry about Don Imus mouthing off. And why is AC360 even bothering to waste two nights on this dribble? Then again, why am I bothering to write about it except that I am tired of the PC police attempting to take my first amendment rights away because they get their feathers out of whack. Who's to stop Al Sharpton from going after one of you if you offend him unless this ridiculous nonsense stops with this incident?
Posted By Anonymous TA Cheramie, Berwick, LA : 7:55 PM ET
What's wrong with this picture: Don Imus uses a derogatory term and is the "villian of the month". But rap artists use the same term over and over again and they get a Grammy Award.
Posted By Anonymous L. Seibenhaler, Chicago, IL. : 8:01 PM ET
When are the protest against Chris Rock taking place. He's says things as bad, if not worse. Isn't just a little racist that Sharpton and Jackson say nothing about this. But because Imus is white it's all of a sudden an issue
Posted By Anonymous Tom B, Dallas, Tx : 8:04 PM ET
Mr. Imus' comments are being grossly overexaggerated and overexposed. As an African-american I am not in the least bit offended because in the black community comments such as his are a daily occurrence. We have too many other issues that are vastly more important and demand our immediate attention. We are so quick to jump on others for comments that we ourselves are just as guilt of making.
Posted By Anonymous Renard Smith, Memphis, TN : 8:20 PM ET
For a man of his age and assumed wisdom,Don Imus has gone beyond ignorance. His remarks perpetuate hate towards people of color and his latest remarks regarding Rutgers Women's Basketball team lacked thought and respect towards women in general. Perhaps what I find even more disturbing is the social apathy that exists in our country and the lack of knowledge regarding the long term side effects racism has on a person's physical and psychological health. Rather than focus on firing Don Imus, maybe it would be beneficial for all Americans if CNN-AC 360 interviewed Physicians, Professors,Psychologists,Social Workers and Sociologists who could provide information on the psychology of racism and the negative impact it has on all people,especially people of color,in our society. As a white woman and health care professional,I commend Rev. Al Sharpton for his Human Rights advocacy and can only hope people of all colors will someday unite to defeat the culture of hatred created by racism that exists in the United States.

Terri Oldeck-Walter
Grand Blanc,Michigan
Posted By Anonymous Terri Oldeck-Walter, Grand Blanc, Michigan : 8:37 PM ET
I do not think the punishment was enough. It matters not one's educational background. The fact that he is a syndicated radio talkshow host, with the ability to reach millions of listeners and viewers daily.

The apology serves as a mere bandaid for the 'cancer' that lies beneath. His comments were mindless and in-excuseable.
Posted By Anonymous William, Raleigh, NC : 8:45 PM ET
fire him now
Posted By Anonymous MARY JEAN BAXLEY ,COLUMBIA S.C. : 9:02 PM ET
Why is he still on the Air? He should be ashamed to show his face. Someone should make him tell America what a "jiggerboo" is? I can not believe all the people who think that his comments were not out of line because the "Rappers say disgusting things too". Then go on to say Imus is a good caring man because he lets vulnerable suffering young children into his home. Are his words directed toward some of America's brightest to be allowed like the "Good Slave Masta" who allowed some "darkies" into his home to wash his feet and cook his vittles.
Please America, stand united against letting this man bring any of our children into his home!
Posted By Anonymous J. Allen, Richland Washington : 9:08 PM ET
AC360

Don Imus has apologized-numerous times. REVEREND Jackson and REVEREND Sharpton refuse to accept the apology, they want his job, as does Roland Martin, CNN's contributor. (He hosted "What would Jesus really do?)

They speak as Christians, who won't forgive, yet they expect others who may need God, to believe when they are told "GOD WILL FORGIVE YOU".

I AM A CHRISTIAN. IT EMBARASSES ME WHEN THE THREE OF YOU TELL EVERYONE THAT YOU ARE!

Maggie
Posted By Anonymous MAGGIE, GVMO : 9:09 PM ET
I agree with the previous comment - does anybody else remember Revs. Sharpton and Jackson during the Tawana Brawley fiasco?
Posted By Anonymous Debbie, Fishkill, NY : 9:09 PM ET
I think this proves that free speech is really never free. We like to pretend that we've evolved into a society were verbal abuse has become socially acceptable. It hasn't and hopefully never will. We aren't very classy or civil with our words lately on any subject! Mr. Imus has been called out and he's taking his punishment. I do feel he should keep his job though, simply because he will come back to it with a tad more humility. We are all discussing this, and that's a good thing. Take Care
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif : 9:23 PM ET
It is interesting to note that CNN features the so-called "saga" of Anna Nicole Smith at a time that coverage of the Don Imus remarks is being aired. Anna Nicole Smith never attended college, never achieved a grade point average of 3.0, never played on a championship basketball team, never attended a top-rated college, never aspired to a career. What exactly was she? Think about it. She is practically idolized by the media. Notwithstanding her very public multiple sexual escapades and encounters, her lewd and raucous behavior and drug use, her illegitimate child whose father has just recently been determined.

How Don Imus can think that these girls are �HO��s and think Anna Nicole Smith is a sex goddess is beyond comprehension.

There is a double standard in the perception of black women and white women just as double standard pervades all areas of our culture when it comes to black and white relationships.
Posted By Anonymous Paulette, New York, NY 10016 : 11:58 PM ET
Firing is not the answer. I heard Whoopi talk about several people being fired for similar incidents, yet this is still happening, so it proves that firing is not the answer. I'm a African American, but I personally wasn't offended by the remark, because he wasn't referring to me. I feel for the young ladies on the basketball team, because they were the ones who are the victims. What he said was wrong and hurtful, but it's educating and finding a way to make things right. And I must say that I am very disappointed in the way Rev. Sharpton is handling things. As a man of God, I was very surprise that he can not be open to forgiveness. I am very surprised by that.
Posted By Anonymous jay, Dallas TX : 12:12 AM ET
I feel that the sponsors of the Imus show should FIRE HIM for racist remarks. Is this about the ratings?
Posted By Anonymous Dillard Boone, Mount Vernon, NY : 12:12 AM ET
He should be fired!!!
He is a dinosaur; it is time for him to go!

Just like things WERE expectable in the past. His vocabulary is not expectable in 2007.

He no longer needs to be given a media platform with the blessing of corporate America.

Let us start to look forward and move socially forward .

(For the accountants and executives at MSNBC and CBS radio, I�m an offended white, 42 year old, married male).
Posted By Anonymous Andrew, Boca Raton, FL. : 12:13 AM ET
Anyone with great influence should feel compelled to use it responsibly. Mr. Imus clearly used his influence irresponsibly by making a racial slur on an international forum.

By not holding him accountable for his actions with a legitimate punishment, not a two week vacation, condones his actions.

Imus was able to test America's waters and see what so many African-Americans see on a daily basis: that we still have double standards when it comes to white and black and that much of America is still in denial about it.

What he did says it is still OK to punish blacks more harshly than whites for the same crimes committed....because of the lie that our destinies are not as valuable.

It says that is was OK for our president to not respond quickly to devestation and death caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans....because of the lie that our lives are not as valuable.

To not appropriately punish Imus for his comments (i.e. loss of major sponsorships, or a hietas from his show) perpetuates the lie that our dignity is not as valuable.

If MSNBC does not make an example of him, others who share his ignorance and views will follow suit. At that point, not just Mr. Imus but MSNBC, one of the world's news leaders, will be directly responsible for the perpetuation of racism.

I would hope that a news organization of such caliber would realize how pivotal their response to this situation is and act accordingly.

What is so unfortunate about this situation is that all of America is not outraged by Mr. Imus' comments. Oh how far we have not come in 40 years.
Posted By Anonymous Pat Perry, Chesapeake, Virginia : 12:13 AM ET
It�s sad to say but Mr. Imus only said what most White America say in there private time. He said what 99.9% of white America thinks of black America. I think he should be fired today. If Mr. Imus talk and think this way, how do you think his boss think? That�s why he has not been fire as of today because his boss talk and think like him. This won�t be the last time we hear white America say evil things about people other then white America. Until white America stop teaching there children evil, we as a country will never raise. All we can do is pray for white people like Mr. Imus

-Ahmad R. Moore
Elkton, MD
Posted By Anonymous Ahmad R. Moore; Elkton, Maryland : 12:14 AM ET
Growing up and living in the South, I have witnessed many forms of racism towards white and black people. There is so much outrage when a white person uses the �N� word but I have personally witnessed the African American community using this word in their every day language in my community in front of young children. If this word is so hurtful and damaging then why is it common practice to use this word so often in today�s African American culture? Many people say that in asking this question we are making excuses for people of racial ideology but the sad part is that most of the youth in America do no not follow the news and spend most of their time consuming commercial media outlets such as music videos. Our society is filled with images of that are degrading towards many types of culture groups only for the benefit of making the almighty dollar. If people truly want to change the world we must look at what the youth of today are being taught on a daily basis. I think we need to worry less about what some corporate entertainment personality is saying and take stock of what we are saying in front of our children and examine what they are consuming in today�s society.
Posted By Anonymous Dusten, North South Carolina : 12:15 AM ET
Regarding the Imus flap.. I watch Don Imus almost every morning for a short while, and while I think many of his remarks are stupid and insensitive (certainly the Rutgers' girls comment was that), I think WAY too much concern is being voiced over THAT in comparison with the CONSTANT BOMBARDMENT of sleazy, hurtful, racist, degrading comments made about women AND men by the likes of Glen Beck (damn right HE should be concerned!), Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, etc., to name just a few ..of the right wing screamers on (mostly) TV, and radio. For Al Sharpton to suddenly get agitated about Don Imus (granted his target WAS teen girls), seems just a bit two faced, when we hear EVERY DAY, as bad or worse (admittedly about adults) coming from any of the above-mentioned fools. I would call for the firing of everyone of those named above on the basis of almost any day's commentary!!
Posted By Anonymous bob thompson, Eugene, OR : 12:16 AM ET
I just thought of a slogan Don Imus might memorize: "Edification, not degradation." Society is so geared toward degrading people - it wouldn't hurt to hear some uplifting comments about others once in a while.
Posted By Anonymous Kay Matous - Temple, TX : 12:17 AM ET
Don Imus should not be fired. I do not understand how someone can say this is a race issue? There are white women on that team. What he said was SEXIST not racist.
If he is fired then Rush Limbaugh needs to go too.
Posted By Anonymous Dianne, South Lyon, MI : 12:17 AM ET
I agree that Don Imus was competely out of line with his comments and I also appreciate the point that we have a right to protest if freedom of speech is abused. However, I think that it is unfortunate that we are expending an exhorbitant amount of energy on this relatively insignificant man, and instead should be paying more attention to the sad state our entire country is in on so many other fronts. We should be protesting the war and other global attrocities in record numbers, calling our congressmen and president to task on our foreign policy, and paying more attention to how to right this nation's international woes. We, the people of the United States have too much underutilized power and need to start using that power to tackle not only issues concerning race and gender, but also those issues that threaten to undermine our great democracy as a whole. If we don't all take more fevorent ownership in our country, our seemingly natural freedom to talk about these issues may disappear.
Posted By Anonymous Ryan - Jonesboro, Arkansas : 12:18 AM ET
Imus Should be fired. What he said is way worse than what Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder said 19 years ago, and was fired by CBS for it.
Posted By Anonymous Larry Erdman, Blue Bell PA : 12:19 AM ET
On AC's show tonight, there was shortly a debate about corporate responsibility v. free speech. I happen to believe that although tasteless, Imus' comments do not warrant his termination. Why don't african americans get as outraged when rappers say worse, and also target young people with their trashy, derogatory message? If the argument made tonight on the show was valid, (msnbc should be responsible as a corporation), then I hope your guests would hold the same responsibility to record companies and the public radio stations that broadcast the "ghetto mentality" that is bringing down not only credibility of the african american community as a whole, but scores of young people regardless of race.
Secondly, Imus is pretty nappy headed himself.
Posted By Anonymous Amy Gray, Cleveland OH : 12:19 AM ET
As a professional black woman, a total news junkie that has on occasion listened to Don Imus, and a women's basketball fan, I'm totally disappointed in the comments made by Mr.Imus, but I do not think he should be fired. His comments were more sexist than racist, but they did have a hint of prejudice and common, though misleading sterotypes. I followed the Rutgers Women's Basketball team and their journey through the tournament. During their amazing run, they played and carried themselves with grace, poise, and dignity. Traits Imus obviously knows nothing about, and was not able to recognize when he saw them. Imus has said things like this before and this time he's finally getting called on the carpet for them. I would personally like to see him continue to suffer this public humiliation, have his guest continue to pull out of appearances on his show, and sponsers cancel advertising. Seeing the "Great Don Imus" humbled like this and realize that he can't spew hate, racism, and sexism on air just because he has a format that allows him to voice his opinions. I would hate to get to the point where people can't say what they think, but people, especially public personalities, need to think about what they say, how it's going to sound, and the potential affects. Some of the people calling for Don Imus to be fired is 'like the pot calling the kettle black.' But that's not the point, just like who else uses this type of language is also not the point. The major outrage here should be the total inaccuracies in his statements. These young women are great representives of Rutger's basketball, Coach C. Vivian Stringer, their school, and young women everywhere. They are obtaining an education, articulate, and hard working. I hope something good can come out of this and wish them nothing but the best.
Posted By Anonymous Elizabeth, Fort Worth, Texas : 12:23 AM ET
Rap music is not the issue here. Blacks have addressed the obscene and vulgar lyrics many times, publicly, and privately. Contrary to popular belief, as a Black female, I am offended by many of the rap songs. However, Whites should also be concerned since 80% of this music is purchased by White youths. Having said that, let's focus on Imus. I never listen to this guy, but obviously, his comments were very offense to these young ladies. The comments wouldn't have been offensive to me personally, because he spoke from the heart, and he said exactly what he meant to say, and how he felt. At least I know where he stands, and where he's coming from However, we are discussing student athletes, who didn't deserve this backlash. I think Imus should go on an extended vacation. After reading most of the comments, it is truly sad to see that people seem to focus on rap music, gangs, drugs, and even "welfare," instead of the real issue at hand, Imus.
Posted By Anonymous J.Williams Tallulah, La. : 12:27 AM ET
Enough already!

Don Imus should not have said what he said, and he apologized. No way did he say it out of racial malice. His charitable record and his political support of minority candidates should speak for itself. Quite frankly, I see way more prejudice against Whites from some of the African-American community than I do the other way around.

Can't we all just get along - we have enough enemies outside of the U.S. than to be worried about our brothers and sisters here in the states.

I think we all just need a group hug!
Posted By Anonymous Tom, Fairfield, CT : 3:10 PM ET
Don Imus should be fired when black people stop using the terms themselves. Imus was rude and we could have done without his comments but is any surprised by his comments?He is a shock jock who just got a lot of free publicity! Way to go Rainbow Coaltion, Al and Jesse! How much did he pay you? Demanding Imus' termination is drawing a line in the sand which will probably be crossed. If you really want to get to this guy, go after his sponsors!!
Posted By Anonymous Anthony W. Reece, Fountain Valley, CA : 3:20 PM ET
Anderson,

Advertisers are folding like a cheap suit.........can't blame 'em, how could he criticize anyone about "bad hair"...I just can't beleive any old white guy that's been on the air since the invention of TV could not have realized the resounding size of this 'tsunami'. Sharpton has clearly showed more composure and class than Mr. Imus........It seems to me with no companies left to support this show it's time for the pasture.
Posted By Anonymous Steve Baker Lewisport, KY : 3:23 PM ET
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