Sunday, April 15, 2007

What The Don Imus Saga Reveals About America

The uproar over Don Imus' statement concerning the Rutgers girls basketball team is more appalling than what Imus said. The "reverends" Jackson and Sharpton have cast in their two-cents worth and that is worth two-cents only because of inflation. Their combined histories of racist remarks would fill a small book that no one would want to read. And apparently no one can remember those two racists clamoring on and on about some incident that they knew would garner them the spotlight (whether it actually occured didn't matter). Questions I have oftened wondered about are, where in the world did these two jerks get their reverends from? Sears? And why in the world do we pay them any attention whatsoever?!

Imus' racist and very stupid remark and the ramifications from it have not been confined to Imus but have been spread by the media and civic organizations to all white males; we are all Don Imus. And in the current "apology mode" that our nation finds itself in concerning slavery and every other bad thing white people have committed, the throngs are beating down the door to be at the head of the line in "white male bashing."

They did it! Some white peoples' ancestors really did treat the African slaves like dog mess. It was horrible! And to say that slavery and the way these slaves were treated in crossing the ocean and then on the land where they were slaves is horrible is to grossly understate the reality that these human beings had to endure. It is indeed unimaginable. When I say that it was horrible I say it apologetically because I cannot find the words to properly describe what they must have gone through, after all, I am white. I can never know. Words are expressed in a matter of seconds, slavery was for a lifetime.

I cannot begin to imagine what black people were going through during my early years, much less during the days of slavery. I was born into a poor, rural family, but the black families living in the part of the county where I grew up were poor, really poor. The blacks in our county were still being treated as sub-human, like another species that we could not let into our bathrooms and restaurants or allow them to drink from the same water fountains lest they somehow contaminate the rest of us. I saw the workings of Jim Crow with my own eyes...but I did not live it. I witnessed the mistreatment of blacks in my hometown who were trying and succeeding at making a living. I watched them treated worse than stray dogs. Often the harder they tried the more they were rejected; "That uppity nigger!."

This is the mind-set of some even today. And it is this perception of racism that Jackson and Sharpton want desperately to keep alive. It is the mind-set that small-minded whites want to keep in front of their children and communities. It is this perception that feeds small-minded blacks who blame the white man for all his problems while he refuses to get a job, does crack, sleeps all day and does the "player" all night (stereotype? I guess).

Racism in the 21st century seems to be tit for tat, with both races coming out on the losing end of the tit. When there is an effort by whites to reconcile with a people whom they have not harmed directly, they are often met with open hostility; the mark of Cain is on the white man's forehead. When the black man or woman succeeds and succeeds well, it is because they are black and must be treated special; that is the perception of too many whites. To many whites, life is unfair because blacks all get "affirmative action." Racism is a never ending cycle of lies and deception and hate and jealousy and fear.

In comparison to what Imus said, the reactions have been absolutely ridiculous. And I don't care what Snoop Dog says, his black culture and the money he has made from his absurd rap songs do not earn for him or any other black rapper the right or freedom to call any female "bitches" or "ho's." Snoop Dog, or whatever his real name is, is making money by enslaving black girls through his videos, his rap crap, his porno, and his promotion of drugs; why isn't this man behind bars?

We are a nation of hypocrites; no one can deny it. We are a nation of silly little people who are playing a silly little game with our lives, concentrating on such trivial matters until they become a Mt. Everest of national concerns. We are a nation seething with hate and animosity, ready to do whatever it may take to manipulate things our way. Don Imus, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton represent us more than we dare to admit.