The Internet is buzzing with speculation that Don Imus will be returning to the airwavesÂ in the near future.Â He’s the infamous shock jock, now forever linked the phrase,Â ”nappy headed ….”
Immediately afterÂ he made the disrespectful comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team backÂ in April,Â the
BlackÂ community seemed outraged.Â
The National Association ofÂ Black Journalists called for his firing, folks like the Rev. Al Sharpton led protests against Imus, and the news networksÂ followed the story untilÂ he lost hisÂ cable simulcast, andÂ then his radio job.
Now, after just a few months, it looks like Imus will back behind the microphone.Â The rumor is, he will get his old jobÂ backÂ at WFAN radio sometime in September (check out Journal-isms for all the details).Â The once outspoken SharptonÂ is apparently taking a softer tone. He’s quoted as saying,
“My position is that we never called for him to be permanently barred from being on the air. We’ll see when he comes back, and if he comes back, what are the boundaries and what is the understanding.”
The NABJ isn’t as forgiving. The organization’s president Bryan Monroe told Journal-isms,
“We would hope that, just a few months later, they would not substitute a desire to cash in for the need to stand by their convictions.”
These are my personal thoughts. If you examine the situation, CBS probably only decided to get rid of Imus after the controversy blew up, and it was to pacify all of the folks who were screaming for his ouster. The execs that “fired” Imus (wink) were probably planning all along to bring him back once all of the noise died down.
What Don Imus said was an ignorant reflectionÂ ofÂ howÂ American societyÂ collectively views Black women, but there’s an obvious double standard when it comes to words thatÂ we (all of us, Black, White and other)Â can say publicly.
Unlike the n-word which was symbolically buried, however, Imus will be resurrected for a second chance at life on-air, because it’sÂ not aboutÂ right or wrong, it’sÂ all about the paper.Â