Monday, April 16, 2007

Massacre in Virginia

The massacre at Virginia Tech pisses me the fuck off. Excuse my language, but the sheer enormity of this is jarring. One fool was upset, and he had to take out more than two dozen people? For what? For general principal? Why? What does it accomplish to kill EVERYBODY you saw?

And, what, we can't even send kids to college now? We gotta have them outfitted with bulletproof vests and shit? Whatever happened to the college campus as the "safe place," where parents from the inner city could send their kids off to get them off the streets and into a good environment?

I'm no Pollyanna, but I want to believe. I want to cling to the notion that human beings are inherently good, that when it comes down to it, we'll all help each other in a pinch. Events like this shake that belief, and makes me want to crawl under the covers and weep for the common sense of my fellow man.

Understand where I'm coming from: I was at the forefront of the Columbine High School shootings. That was almost eight years ago, and my emotions are still raw. What I witnessed has been sealed into my mind, and will likely stay there: Screaming, bloody kids running for cover, weeping parents, distraught law enforcement officials.

Who could forget that? It all came flooding back to me Monday, after seeing what Virginia Tech's campus was going through.

Many parents wanting a better life for their kids often dream of sending them to a secluded, serene college campus, where they'll get a good education and be protected from the elements of "the streets".

But what happens when a college campus becomes "the streets"?

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Hip hop didn't create Imus

I'm willing to admit that hip hop has issues. I know that rap is often crap. But I'm not going to go so far as to say that what Don Imus said he said because of hip hop music.

That's bullshit.

For one thing, hip hop is what it is: a genre of music. Yes, it's a sexist, homophobic genre of music, but that's what it is: Music. Now I'm not saying that music does not influence society. Clearly, it does. But I'm not writing Imus off as a victim of hip hop culture.

For another thing, this seems to be yet another example of a white person wanting to simply pass of their racist beliefs onto another group, namely, the group that they are racist against.

It's black people's fault that Don Imus is a racist?

I don't think so.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


So now he's a martyr. Don Imus has been fired by CBS. A lot of people have gotten what they wanted. Me included. But, to be honest, I've had a concern about this all week. I've been worried that firing him would, essentially, give even more fuel to the racist conservatives out there, many of whom hide behind the veneer of "free speech" when what they really want is "free hate." A case like Imuses only gives them more fuel and provides with with an even larger platform to rant on about their bs.

Imus is no martyr. What he said was racist. But now we're about to see an explosion of mofo's who jump on the conservative bandwagon, hooping and hollering about how this is yet another sign of the decline of "American" values.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Nappy-headed hos

My question: Why do so many people listen to this fool from the get go? This clown has had everybody and they mama on his show, and I mean prominent everybody's and they prominent mamas. Yet, we're suddenly shocked when he says something foul?

So that raises the question: Why do we listen to Don Imus? And, why have we let this moron get away with so much for the last few decades?

I think it's because he's white, and he says what a lot of people think. He connects with people who think the same way he does, which is the majority of the country, unfortunately. I have no sympathy for this clown. He has pushed and pushed and pushed to the point where this was coming.

But why are so many calling him out when, ultimately, a lot of people agree with him? You have the so-called white liberals calling him out, but, at the same time, listening to his show while being awed by his message. I have heard that many celebrities have cancelled appearances on his show. But, would they have cancelled had he not showed his ass?

Who's right and who's wrong?