Archive for February, 2008

Black History Month extended? Well, at least in our corner of the universe. Seems like a good year for it. From the media frenzy of last April to Barack Obama’s candidacy to Imus’ stunning comeback, the moment is now.

(Side note for the record: The Clintons could have been leaders in this regard, using the platform of Hillary’s campaign to take the discussion where it needs to go. Instead, they’ve desperately played the emotional status quo for their own good, and everybody knows it.)

When Imus got the axe from that idiotic cable station (where the problems did not disappear when the I-Man left the building), it was clear that to get him back was going to require some work on the race issue. Since the scab on America’s perennial problem got ripped off, might as well do some micro-surgery so the scars come back a little bit better. Stronger at the broken places, right?

I’m about two-third’s of the way through The End of Blackness, Debra Dickerson’s 2004 book. It’s now clear why Imus asked her on the program. She uses language in a similar way. At times I have been seconds from throwing the book across the room. Taken out of context, a number of racial generalizations she makes about whites are deeply offensive. But I think that’s the point. I am getting the sense I’m in the hands of a master who is speaking to many audiences, but ultimately working to put us on the same page. She is using racism to help end it, dabbling in it to show how stupid it is. At least I think that’s where the book is headed. Like she’s reading my mind, right when I’ve been pushed too far she catches me and shines a light up the road ahead.

The book has taught me a lot already. Huge understatement. It is an education.

Most regular visitors to this site will have already read Dickerson’s assessment of her appearance last week on Imus in the Morning.

Damned if Imus hasn’t been doing yeoman’s work in moving America’s neurotic race obsession forward. I’ve been talking and writing about race for 12 years now, but I was gobsmacked on the air. Imus schooled a sister. When he said he was through apologizing for Rutgers, I took that to mean he was through talking about it. But he’s certainly not through thinking about it, and he’s been doing his homework.

Then she goes on to fully accept the I-Man’s apology. Read it all at MotherJones.com. (And yep, that’s our Bruce providing the audio record of the moment that she linked in her post, but you knew that too, didn’t you?)

SupportImus.org (actually incorporated as an independent non-profit organization) is now registered for the Amazon Associates program, so books purchased through links here return a percentage of the cost, all of which will be transferred to the Imus Ranch. (This applies to the entire shopping trip after you enter from one of the links here, so keep it in mind!)

The End of Blackness: Returning the Souls of Black Folk to Their Rightful Owners

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Karith Foster reported back on her visit to the United Nations yesterday to help raise awareness for worldwide violence against women. Go to SayNoToViolence.org and add your name to help raise $100,000 for The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.

Visit SayNoToViolence.org

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In Sunday’s New York Times Alan S. Blinder (former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve) noted I-Fav Chris Dodd’s support for refinancing distressed mortgages to stave off foreclosure.

The approach is simple. A semi-public Corp buys the distressed loan at a discount from the lender.  Taken into account the discounted value and current interest rate, the Corp refinances the homeowners loan at affordable terms.  (more…)

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First of all let me apologize for not having posted or commented much in the last few weeks. Let’s just say “real life” has been slapping me ’bout the head and shoulders with a over-sized halibut, or at least that’s what it feels like. Damn that real life! Damn it straight Chappaqua, NY! (Isn’t that where Satan lives?)

On to other things…

Finally got to hear Debra Dickerson. I think I’m in love. What a brilliant, humble, honest, endearing woman. Her students can count themselves lucky. I would go back to school just to sit in her classroom. (more…)

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Citizen journalist Faye Anderson is another example of someone who takes Media Matters’ viewpoint as gospel. She writes in a recent post:

Fortunately, Media Matters monitors “Imus in the Morning.” So, I don’t have to start my day with morning sickness. (more…)

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Sistuh Liar? Imus Crew Debriefs 2008 NYC NABJ Awards.

(Provided by BruceTube)

Imus Crew attended the NYC NABJ 2008 Awards ceremony with WABC suits on 2/13/2008. NABJ 2008 accomplishment? Getting Imus off the air. Try as they might, NABJ could not keep the I-man off the air!

During the on-air discussion journalist (?) Gwen Ifill called a liar by Imus….

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David Letterman clip recommended by Cavett this morning…

Cavett, anagram genius, also notes that “Don Imus” rearranges to—get this—“I’m Sound.”

Pretty cool.

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Interesting to see the old comrades at each other’s throats. Great update from FishbowlDC on the most recent interchanges:

The Hillary campaign recently took MSNBC reporter David Shuster (and MSNBC generally) to task for asking a guest on February 7th’s “Tucker” program, “[D]oesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?” MSNBC has suspended Shuster for his remarks.


Clinton said that her staff had sent her “some independent study” “which seemed to suggest that” “in terms of the fairness of the coverage,” Fox News Channel has treated her campaign more fairly than MSNBC. (more…)

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Astronaut(?) Carl Jeffers Launches In On Imus Race Discussion

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ChanX CliffsNotes

Exchange took place at the very end of the Carl Jeffers appearance…

Imus: No one is having the race discussion because it is too uncomfortable. If you’re willing would like to have you back on to talk about stuff like that and some more about Barack Obama.

Jeffers: That is an absolute truism (regarding the race discussion). No one wants to have it because they are afraid of it.

Jeffers: With America not ready to have the discussion. How will millions of whites who are very uncomfortable, all of a sudden go into the voting booth, close the curtain and vote for an African American? It is not going to happen!

Seems like a reasonable start to the race discussion. Carl Jeffers has a high rpm approach and does not pull punches. Hope to see more of Carl on the program.

Note: Jeffers is not now nor has ever been an astronaut. Sorry ladies…. [ed. Right ChanX, a black guy would have to be an astronaut before he’d get on Imus’ show.*

*Attempt at biting satire noted per MMH/SOS(Media Matters Humor/Satire Operating Standards) requirement]

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Good to see these points coming out, and as an added benefit, we get to watch Chris Matthews squirm in embarrassment as he grows up. (The entire way he has been covering this campaign is racist and sexist. The primary statistic is who is or isn’t carrying each group, and it has reached levels bordering on insanity, because it’s so obvious and yet he persists.)

The women’s movement is about free choice, self-determination and challenging a status quo that fails a lot of Americans, not just women. And it is not about going along. It’s about transcending, about having the freedom to follow one’s heart, about creating and pursuing new opportunities, and about the American dream being for all Americans. (more…)

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