I think by now, all of us have heard and been disgusted by what Don Imus said about the Rutgers womens' basketball team. What he said was, at best, a joke made in the poorest of taste, and more accurately, deeply demeaning to women and African-Americans. Should he make overtures to the African-American community, he should be at least afforded the opportunity to make amends for his words. However, that does not mean that he is undeserving of the consequences he has faced. His career is, at his age and after his statements, over. My only hope is that the charities to which he contributes do not suffer.
Now that I've said that, I have some questions. How many lives were ruined by him calling the obviously intelligent and well-grounded women "nappy-headed hos"? How many good people had their names dragged through the mud, their freedom placed in jeopardy, and their careers destroyed with his one comment? If what Mr. Imus did was so terrible and he was so deserving of his fate, why then has Al Sharpton, who has ruined innocent people's lives, perhaps most infamously during the Tawana Brawley incident, been allowed to continue his work as a community leader and activist? Where is justice for his victims? To date, Al Sharpton has not even apologized to Steven Pagones. Where is his justice? Mr. Sharpton claims to be a man of justice and of the cloth, a man who, allegedly (and in the face of stacks of evidence to the contrary) is a man of God, a true Christian. To Mr. Sharpton, I quote a verse he apparently has never heard of, Luke 6:41: "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Mr. Sharpton, why beholdest thou indeed the mote in thy brother's eye, motherfucker?