I must say, I’m a bit ambivalent. MSNBC dropped their simulcast, CBS fired him, the media’s “analysts” can’t stop talking about it, Al Sharpton claims a victory, Rutgers accepts his apology … and I can’t help but think:
“Are we going to consistently treat everyone who uses racially improper speech with an equal amount of vitriol and retribution?”
If so, then good. If not, then how many of those loudly screaming now will be silent the next time?
I really hate jumping in on major public brawls like this. Everybody who’s anybody (and plenty of people who aren’t) have already opened (and will continue to open) their mouths. But there’s another issue here that’s being marginalized: “What happens the next time?”
Whether Imus went too far or not isn’t the issue moving forward, consistency of response is.