Those are the words of a South Carolina State student explaining why Don Imus was wrong, but the rappers at a recent concert at the historically black school were perfectly fine.
During the concert, the n-word was used over 100 times…in one song. Other lyrics depicted women as strippers and used other derogatory language toward females.
But according to the students interviewed by WIS in Columbia, SC, there is a huge difference between what Imus said once and what Crime Mob performs regularly.
The radio host was out of line when he said it. Some rap artists may be out of line, but they don’t mean no harm.
I’m sure Don Imus got up that morning and thought about how he could offend some innocent college students today. He said it and then apologized for it, admitting it was wrong. Whereas the rappers write the lyrics, record them in a studio and perform them regularly, “but they don’t mean no harm.”
There’s always a time and place for everything. With hip hop music that’s a certain situation where those remarks can be used, but on public radio station pointed to a particular group it’s not proper.
Did he not know there is a thing called a rap radio station that plays words worse than Imus’ on a public radio station? And just so we get this straight there is a “time and place” for racist words and misogynistic lyrics just as long as it is not “pointed to a particular group.” *cough*white people*cough*
Being they are a performing artist group they’re merely here to entertain us. That’s nothing serious in content, they’re here to entertain.
That is the wisdom of the SC State student body president. What does he think Don Imus is on the radio to do? While Imus might not entertain me, some people enjoy his brand of talk radio. He is on the radio as an entertainer. Being an entertainer does not and should not insulate anyone from the backlash of making racists or sexists comments.
So while the leading presidential candidates of the Democratic party (don’t want to offend anyone by calling them Democrats) are running to Rutgers to hold press conferences denouncing Imus and identifying themselves with the offended student-athletes, they will be the next act at SC State University.
In less than two weeks SC State will host the first Democratic presidential debate. I wonder if any of the candidates will back out of this debate and stand with black pastors and leaders who are taking the hip hop industry to task for their role in the degradation of women and the continuing usage of racist language.
What’s more important impressing MoveOn.org by dropping out of a Fox News debate and scoring cheap political points by stomping on Imus’ carcass or taking a stand for a consistent standard regarding racist and sexist language?