Imus did it. The radio personality said a word that people who are devoid of color should never say.
No, not that 'N' word, but another.
"Nappy" is one of those words that originally had a meaning devoid of race. Of course, this is no longer the case. Nappy now signifies only the hair of a black, or more specifically, African-American person.
I point to the literally hundreds of rap and hip-hop songs that reference “nappy hair,” “nappy-headed,” and even, yes, believe it or not, “nappy-headed hos.”
Let’s be realistic here. The fact that he insulted a whole basketball team is secondary to the fact that the phrase referenced a hair texture common in (but not exclusively common in, mind you) black people.
And the fact that he called them “hos?” Poor taste, indeed. An ill-timed joke, yes. But then again, perhaps Imus was doing nothing more than simply using a phrase that is, in every sense of the word, a pop-cultural reference?
Who didn’t walk around in the 90’s spouting “Word” in jest? Or how about you women who incessantly said to one another, “Hey, Girlfriend!” What about "player hater?"
Nappy-head ho. Sure, it’s an insult. Imus was right to apologize.
But is he racist, or was the insult meant in a racist way?
I don’t believe so.
Suppose it had been a black sports jock who had called the team that. Would it be OK? Not as bad?
Would it be OK simply because he shares the same skin color?
I’m not asking these questions in jest. I want real answers here. In my opinion, it’s either wrong both ways, or not at all.
And then we have Al Sharpton calling Imus racist. Ha! Here’s a rat that only pops its head out when an opportunity arises to garner attention. The sooner he and Jesse Jackson leave the planet, the sooner we will all finally “get along.”
Imus, what you said was insensitive. I blame not the Rutgers team for taking offense to your remarks.
But, to everyone else still sitting around in disbelief at what he said, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for chipping away at my, and everyone else’s, freedom to say what we want so say. Because you have been heavily indoctrinated into the world of sensitivity and political correctness, I have no doubt that, if we were to have it your way, there will come a day when any and all insults (real and insinuated) result in immediate jail time.
What a wonderful world that will be!