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From The Boston Globe: It’s still a question of Wright and wrong, by Jeff Jacoby

In Philadelphia yesterday, Obama gave a graceful speech on the theme of race and unity in American life. Much of what he said was eloquent and stirring, not least his opening paean to the Founders and the Constitution – a document “stained by the nation’s original sin of slavery,” as he said, yet also one “that had at its very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time.” There was an echo there of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who in his great “I Have a Dream” speech extolled “the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence” as “a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” (more…)

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As some of you may know, The Imus Times is paralleling the race discussion that’s been going on with the new Imus in the Morning program. Shelby Steele’s book White Guilt is an essential part of the discussion: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era. (more…)

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During the hysteria-filled frenzy following the I-Man’s comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team last April, Barack Obama was the first presidential nominee to call for Imus’ ouster:

There’s nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group.

– Barack Obama, April 9, 2007 in an interview with ABC News

VIDEO: “He would not be working for me…I don’t want to be an enabler…for the unbelievably offensive statements that were made.”

The hypocrisy of Obama’s statements is immediately obvious in light of the recent revelations regarding the candidate’s close connections to racist pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who was an advisor to his campaign until a few days ago. But the disconnect is that Imus’ comments, inappropriate as they were, were satirical. Reverend Wright’s statements, on the other hand, display hate-filled racism, justified by falsehoods(“The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color.”). [more statements from Reverend Wright]

Who Can Say What?People in Wright’s congregation no doubt use what they learn from their pastor on Sunday to justify their own weekday racism as well. This is very dangerous. He is inciting real violence when he declares that African-Americans committing black-on-black crime are “fighting the wrong enemy.” [WorldNetDaily]

Back in April ’07, Obama said that Imus’ remark was “verbal violence.” If Obama is even going to be emotionally consistent, it seems like Reverend Wright is at the very least engaged in “verbal violence.”

But it sounds like Wright is inciting real violence against people based on skin color. Imus’ NHH remark was the single most extreme example in a morning comedy program for adults, the exception that proved the rule. It took a Media Matters lackey 2 years of lurking to find something suitably offensive. Obama, on the other hand, took his children to hear Wright speak regularly. And Wright wasn’t being satirical. Indeed, if the black men passing by Obama’s grandmother on the street had just heard this sermon, she might have had a reason to have been frightened. (more…)

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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?)

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

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

Provided by: BruceTube

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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