Harlem Still Rages Over Imus
â€œImus is an old and miserable man who smokes cocaine. We as Black people should let what he said go, and look at ourselves,â€? he says, insisting that in the past Rev. Al Sharpton has used derogative terms to describe white people. He says Imusâ€™s apology was sincere and that Sharpton shouldnâ€™t have spearheaded a campaign to drive Imus from his job.
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Weeks after Don Imusâ€™s dismissal by CBS and MNBC over his racist remarks about the Rutgers womenâ€™s basketball team,
Some say itâ€™s a reflection of how Black people disrespect each other while others contend Imus simply voiced what white people say about Blacks in private, pointing to the fact that it took more than one week for him to get fired.
â€œI think he was just trying to show Black people that he wanted to â€˜be downâ€™. However I still believe he is a racist because if he was not, then he would have showed sensitivity in not using those words,â€? says a Harlem-resident who only wanted to be identified as C. Wise.
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â€œIf you want to be a leader of other people then you have to show that you can forgive. One day he will say something and want forgiveness and he will not get it so easily,â€? he says of Sharpton.Â
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Yet, ultimately Imus deserved firing, says Maddy Solo: â€œHis apology was not good enough if he did was not punished then anyone else would feel that they can make these kinds of statements and get away with it.â€?
â€œI come from the generation where Black people were using bleaching creams to make themselves lighter and now we are calling ourselves niggers. We need to stop doing that,â€? says an angry Kim Blackstock. â€œI live in
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