When I signed on to Twitter today, one of my favorite Tweeters @ToureX was talking about the “joke” Asher Roth tried to make while tweeting at an event at Rutgers University. He referred to the people he was with at the time as “Nappy Headed Hoes”. The tweet was OF COURSE deleted. No surprise there. However, people screen captured it before that happened so the proof still remains – click here for one of the many sites that has posted the screenshot.
Of course he apologized (or something like that) — “Totally just making fun of Don Imus – Sorry Scoot, not trying to be offensive … I’m extremely apologetic to anyone who took offense to my immature, bad joke.” Now the apology is also gone from his feed. Surprised? I’m not. He’s on Universal/Motown. Sylvia ain’t having that. I hope she docks his pay. Bamma move, bamma. *shaking my head*
Um, don’t bring up the name of Imus at a time like this. We don’t need you to tell us where you got “nappy headed hoes” from. Where else would your white, frat boy self get aquatinted with such terminology? We know you’re not the type of white rapper who hung out in the hood with “the homies” learning ghetto slang and what not. Right, Assho…I mean Asher. You’re like Eminem, right? If he went to private school and had a trust fund, right? Um, no.
Whatever, I didn’t even know who this kid was till like 3 or 4 weeks ago when I flipped to MTV and saw him performing “I Love College” during the spring break madness. Should I really dedicate a post to this One Download Wonder?
Well, I am. Even though black people are not likely his target audience (He’s not looking for street cred, folks.) he should be careful of how his words can quickly effect his record sales. Black people ARE popular culture right now…and you’re bread and butter is something we created. At least respect hip hop culture enough to understand that words have Power. I need Professor Griff or somebody to school him.
An article from South African writer Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya aka the F-Word aka one of my new heroes.
From Mail and Guardian – Racism goes beyond lynching niggers
One Sunday afternoon the news editor at my previous paper sent me to cover a dog show at Gilloolies Farm, east of Johannesburg. When I got there the woman behind the ticket counter ignored me and routinely focused on people who came after me.
When she did pay attention to me she asked me: “What are you here to deliver?” In her mind the idea of a black guy enjoying the sight of dogs jumping through hoops was a bridge too far.
The woman and the people she paid attention to were white. I was (and still am) black. I called her action racist and people who commit racist actions, racists.
I might have been wrong. Perhaps the lady at the dog show is a nice woman who has never said an unkind word about people of other hues.
But that is where part of the problem lies.
Somehow we have developed the idea that unless you lynch niggers in a plantation or bang the heads of uppity black detainees against the prison walls until they die you are not really a racist.
Hold on, not even beating up darkies qualifies as racism. As one Pumas rugby team supporter, JR Nagel, told The Times when asked his opinion about the team fielding Gert van Schalkwyk (not to be confused with the Kaizer Chiefs midfielder of the same name) who is on appeal after he and his friends were convicted of beating a black man to death. “We all, even myself … my chommies [friends] and I have beaten up a couple of kaffirs. You are young, that’s what you do. In those days your dad told you that’s kwaai [cool].
“The only reason this is an issue is because it’s a kaffir who died and it was a white laaitie [boy] who hit him,” Nagel said.
Granted, the last statement reflects the unique idiocy of the speaker rather than a general trend of thought. Still, the unfortunate reality is that there is simply too little respect by our white compatriots for black people’s sensitivities to colonialism and racism. Or they are just too shy to show it. Continue reading
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I personally think it is a lost cause to try to single out words and stop people from using them. Educating people as to what they are saying…the history and impact…I’m all for that. However, if I wanna say, “Yo, sup my Nig” to someone in passing…who’s going to know. Who’s going to monitor that? What about Johns on the street who are soliciting actual hoes…are we going to ask that they use “Hey, prostitute!” or “Excuse me, hooker.”??
From Feministing.com –
Don Imus is back on the air. Not that I need to remind you, but here’s a little recap of what lead to the Imus debacle:
IMUS: That’s some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and—
McGUIRK: Some hard-core hos…
IMUS: That’s some nappy-headed hos there…. And the girls from Tennessee, they all look cute…
McGUIRK: A Spike Lee thing…
McGUIRK: The Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes — that movie that he had.
“That movie that he had” is School Daze. In the film, the Wannabees, like “the girls from Tennessee,” are considered good-looking because they are light-skinned with “good hair” (read: straight or wavy, most likely from being chemically processed). The Jigaboos, on the other hand, who have darker skin and natural hair (“nappy”), are considered less attractive.
In this context, by using “nappy-headed” to describe the natural hair texture of African Americans, Imus suggests that Black people in their natural state are ugly.
In a culture where women are largely valued on their physical appearance, those who don’t fit conventional standards of beauty are deemed less worthy of respect. It is only natural that many of us have internalized these ideals.
And the representation of Black people in the media doesn’t help Black women develop a healthy self image or contribute to others forming a positive view of Black people. Stereotypical images of Black men and women have been fairly consistent from early 20th century minstrelsy, through the Blaxploitation era of the 70’s, to today. Continue reading
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Radio personality Don Imus returned to the airwaves on today, promising to keep his edgy tone but refrain from the kind of racist and sexist comments that got him fired earlier this year. The show has added an African-American woman and man to the cast — comedians Karith Foster and Tony Powell — along with regular sidekicks Rob Bartlett and Charles McCord.
UMMMMMM….can you say TOKENS!
Why not hire some Hispanic comedians…that’s a great, ripe audience that advertisers love these days?? How about some Asian co-hosts? Oh, but no! I know you’ve got to appease the Negroes Imus…at least for a little while.
Well I guess he found the right black folk for the job. Some black folks that really “fit” his personality. FOXNews is reporting “Imus Gal a Black Texas NY ‘Jew'”. The fact that they called her a “Gal”, I’ll need a whole post for that. Sigh.
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Someone asked what I think about Imus coming back to the airwaves in December. The disgraced radio host has inked a deal with Citadel Broadcasting that will have him back in cars, kitchens and wherever else the airwaves reach on Dec. 3. Imus’ new morning show will be based out of Citadel’s New York talk station, WABC-AM, and will be syndicated through ABC Radio Networks.
“We are ecstatic to bring Don Imus back to morning radio,” WABC president and general manager Steve Borneman said Thursday. “Don’s unique brand of humor, knowledge of the issues and ability to attract big-name guests is unparalleled. He is rested, fired up and ready to do great radio.”
He is rested? Is he repentant?
Well…by and large Imus’s radio audience is comprised of people who think like him. From what I read during the whole “Nappy Headed Hoe” ordeal, saying questionable and insensitive things is something he’s done for years. Obviously his audience is made up of people who agree with and support his views. These are the people who will happily welcome him back into their cars, ipods, cublicles, etc. I’m sure there were people who petitioned, contacted networks, and wrote letters in support of Imus. In the end, there are 2 very important things that I’d like to note. Continue reading