Thursday, April 12, 2007
My Point Radio and Victory Waters
Last night I was listening to My Point Radio and the subject matter was regarding Don Imus and his "nappy-headed ho" remark. Dave's guest, Victory Waters, has her own show as well. Sharp gal, enjoyed listening to what she had to say, but I think she misses the point.
I will never pretend to know what is like to grow up feeling the sting of bigotry and racism. I am a white male. I have felt the sting of hate by members of other races, and by members of my own race. I have been beaten to the ground by a dozen idiots, and kicked in the ribs until I stopped moving. However, even in that circumstance, I refused to give my attackers the power they were searching for.
By reacting the way they did the Rutgers Womens basketball team gave Don Imus power. Had they responded, "Yes, I heard about what he said, and he is obviously someone filled with either ignorance or hate. I know who I am, and I know that I am not a nappy-headed ho, and as a young black woman I feel sorry for people like Don Imus that is still living in a fantasy world inside his mind where statements like that are still okay," Don Imus would have looked the fool, and these young women would be regarded as strong, independent, and above such foolishness. Instead, they decided to give Don Imus power, and whine and cry and play victim.
Yes, Ms. Waters, I understand the pain of hearing it all your life, and it is okay to be upset and angry that idiots like Don Imus still spew such insensitivity in this world, but please, rise above it, show us that you are stronger. Don't give him the power to take away your joy with his foul mouth.
This Saturday Political Pistachio Radio will address this subject. Mrs. Pistachio, being a minority, and living through her own bouts with insensitive people will talk about her take on it. And I even invite Mudkitty (I may regret this) to call in and challenge what I am saying. It may get loud, it may get nasty.
And then, in an unprecedented move, My Point Radio will follow PPR. Political Pistachio Radio will broadcast at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern, and My Point Radio will follow at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern. Two great shows back to back. Tune in to My Point for their version of hammering the idiot left after listening to me get into it with Mudkitty. It will be a great pair of shows.
Gotta love it.