Below is a very lightening rod hot editorial she wrote in The Times earlier this week.
LET?S say a word about the girls. The young women with the musical names. Kia and Epiphanny and Matee and Essence. Katie and Dee Dee and Rashidat and Myia and Brittany and Heather.
In the end, they were stopped only by Tennessee?s Lady Vols, who clinched their seventh national championship by ending Rutgers? Cinderella run last week, 59-46. That?s the kind of story we love, right? A bunch of teenagers from Newark, Cincinnati, Brooklyn and, yes, Ogden, Utah, defying expectations. It?s what explodes so many March Madness office pools.
It is about the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. That game had to be the biggest moment of their lives, and the outcome the biggest disappointment. They are not old enough, or established enough, to have built up the sort of carapace many women I know ? black women in particular ? develop to guard themselves against casual insult.
Man listen. There needs to be emotional callus building workships offered at the learnin annex.
How many times yall been at work, and you wonderd, “Did this fool just say something racist or am I trippin?”
Or I know this white girl did not just come out her face and say ” All Black people are _____?” And then decide, you know what, choose your battles, and today this ain’t one worth fighting.
Why do my journalistic colleagues appear on Mr. Imus?s program? That?s for them to defend, and others to argue about. I certainly don?t know any black journalists who will. To his credit, Mr. Imus told the Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday he realizes that, this time, he went way too far.
Finally calling fools out. Thank you. Thank you.
Thank you Gwen.
Yes, he did. Every time a young black girl shyly approaches me for an autograph or writes or calls or stops me on the street to ask how she can become a journalist, I feel an enormous responsibility. It?s more than simply being a role model. I know I have to be a voice for them as well.
So here?s what this voice has to say for people who cannot grasp the notion of picking on people their own size: This country will only flourish once we consistently learn to applaud and encourage the young people who have to work harder just to achieve balance on the unequal playing field.
Dude this part almost made cry. And yall know there are two things that make me cry. M & A deals and baby pandas. Lol.
The following statement that Gwen makes also touches me b/c as someone who is allways asking people for help, guidance, advice it is so reassuring when someone is receptive and available. It was so wonderful to hear that she HAS my back.
NBC Dropped him.
GlaxoSmithKline pulled ads.
TD Ameritrade said it was evaluating its sponsorship.
Here is a Dope article on how hypocritical it is that business are for advertising on Imus’s show in the first place.
On that note.
My Imus coverage is dead for the week.
LD, MR, Neo, Jason, Stephen, what do you think of Gwens statement.