… Racial comments by white entertainers and degrading racial and sexual lyrics in black-dominated rap music have provoked a growing debate over the limits of expression about race in American public life.
“We need to get to the point where we don’t call women hos, we don’t classify African American women as ‘nappy-headed hos,”’ said team captain Essence Carson.
Imus made the comments last Wednesday after the Rutgers Scarlet Knights team lost the national collegiate championship game to Tennessee. “Hos” is slang for whores. “Nappy-headed” is steeped in racism and viewed as a vile slur describing African American hair.
“We have experienced racist and sexist remarks,” Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer said at a team news conference. She called the comments “despicable” and “abominable” and contrasted them with academic accomplishments and professional potential of the team members who flanked her.
“These young ladies are the best this nation has to offer,” she said.
CBS Corp. unit CBS Radio and MSNBC, which broadcasts the ”Imus In The Morning” show on television, suspended Imus on Monday in a rebuke for the personality whose program draws top political and media figures.
“I think it is appropriate and I’m going to try to serve it with dignity,” Imus said in an interview with the “Today Show” on NBC. “This two-week suspension is not insignificant.”
Carson said the team has not yet decided whether to accept repeated public apologies Imus has made. She added she wanted to ask Imus: “After you meet me as a person, do you still feel that I’m a ho?” …
Essence Carson, you totally rock, and if you ever decide to attend law school, I hope you will consider South Carolina. See also.