DOUBLE STANDARD – March 27, 2008

Posted on March 27, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“From the Land of Lincoln, ladies and gentlemen, I bring you Barack Obama.” Mayor Bloomberg in New York

I’d like to remind them that Obama is from the Land of Lincoln – a Republican who signed the Emancipation Proclamation. ABC News Online

Racial Slur Stirs Trouble for Shock Jock – Imus “nappy-headed hos”

April 11, 2007

Last week, Imus referred to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, most of whom are African-American, as “nappy-headed hos.” He has since apologized for his remarks, and CBS and MSNBC suspended his show for two weeks.

“I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus,” Obama told ABC News, “but I would also say that 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. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude.”

Obama said he appeared once on Imus’ show two years ago, and “I have no intention of returning.” “He didn’t just cross the line,” Obama said. “He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America. (how about in their own church?)

Though every major presidential candidate has decried the racist remarks, Obama is the first one to say Imus should lose his job for them. (end of article passage)

Imus was on the radio for hours a day for years and years. He must have talked for thousands of hours, but they took a half minute little sound clip and played it over and over again, partly because it spoke to some of the racial divisions we have in this country. No, Obama didn’t say that about Imus’ snippet. He called for Imus’ firing. But when his pastor said very devisive, hateful, racist statements on several occasions that we know of, and how many we probably don’t know about yet, Obama gave him a pass, saying the following:

“This is somebody that was preaching three sermons at least a week for 30 years and it got boiled down … into a half-minute sound clip and just played it over and over and over again, partly because it spoke to some of the racial divisions we have in this country,” Obama told an audience in this central North Carolina city.

Referring to Wright’s racist video played for Sharpton by Greta Van Sustren on her Fox News Channel program: “I have not heard anything you played denigrate someone based on their gender or race. Don Imus used derogatory racial and gender biased terms.” Al Sharpton


Al better get his ears cleaned or get a hearing aid.


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