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.
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.