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Don Imus, a man that should never be relevant in discussion regarding either talk radio or race relations, is once again in the news. Yesterday he spoke about the decision of Adam "Pacman" Jones to stop using the Pacman nickname. In talking about who Jones is, he had this to say in a conversation with Warner Wolf:
Wolf: "Defensive back Adam 'Pacman' Jones, recently signed by the Cowboys. Here's a guy suspended all of 2007 following a shooting in a Vegas night club."
Imus: "Well, stuff happens. You're in a nightclub, for God's sake. What do you think's gonna happen in a nightclub? People are drinking and doing drugs, there are women there, and people have guns. So, there, go ahead."
Wolf: "He's also been arrested six times since being drafted by Tennessee in 2005."
Imus: "What color is he?"
Wolf: "He's African-American."
Imus: "Well, there you go. Now we know."
Source: NBC News
Now, I have to say that I immediately thought that Imus was up to his old ways again here when I heard that. A return to his "nappy-headed ho" form. Maybe he was. But today he had a rebuttal. Today he said that he was defending Pacman. He said that he was simply making a sarcastic comment about the state of race relations in this country. He said that he, Pacman, was being picked on BECAUSE he was a black man. Not that he was a bad guy BECAUSE he was black.
Sounds like someone is is doing a lot of back-pedaling there. He continued to say that what people should be outraged about is that black people get arrested in this country for no real reason. Really? Is that what you were saying, Don?
I dunno. I've listened to that first clip a few times now and I just don't buy it. His explanation today sounds rational, but it also sounds like rationalization. He insists that he was just trying to make a sarcastic comment about the state of race relations in this country.
I'm sorry, but a man with the history that Don Imus has in this arena shouldn't be making comments that could possibly be misinterpreted by the masses. If he meant to say that he is is outraged at the racial profiling that goes on in this country, he should have said just that. But instead he asks what color the guy is and then gives us a knowing "Well, there you go". To claim that those who thought he was being racist in the first clip are being ridiculous is equally as ridiculous. It's not like you don't have a past, dude!
Anyway, I'm not in favor of anyone getting fired for something they say. Who cares what this fossil of a man says anyway? I just can't believe that he still has an audience. He should lose his job through attrition. When the American public decides that he truly is irrelevant and they stop listening to him. That would be just fine with me.