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Roland S. Martin
CNN Political Analyst
Shock jock Don Imus says he was just defending Adam "Pacman" Jones on Monday when he said that he asked about his race when discussing the Dallas Cowboys cornerback being arrested six times.
But I'm not buying it.
Imus, who was canned last year for making racially- and sexually-charged comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team, says he is being unfairly criticized for his comments.
But I listened to them, and I don't see how he can make such a comment.
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People in the flooded towns of Illinois and Missouri, along the Mississippi River, are getting something they do not need right now–rain... And lots of it.
A massive thunderstorm has just erupted, and it's expected to last a while.
Lincoln County has more water than last time we were here, just a few days ago. Fields for baseball games Friday night now have a couple of inches of water on them.
Houses that survived the initial levee overtopping are now either flooded or dangerously close.
And people are nervous. Will the levees that are still standing now hold, or will there be more flooding? People here in Lincoln County are holding their breath... Again.
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From Don Imus, defender of African Americans: "I meant he was being picked on because he's black." That's how the radio jock explained his comment about the half dozen arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones. "What color is he?" Imus had asked. When told that Jones is African-American, Imus said, "Well, there you go. Now we know."
What do we know?
On the same day, Karl Rove described Obama as a "coolly arrogant" country club elitist before an audience who'd know about country clubs and elitists: Republican insiders at a Capitol Hill Club breakfast.
"Even if you never met him, you know this guy," Rove said, according to ABC. "He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."
Just picture that - Barack Obama, bi-racial son of an African dad and a single white mom, a former community organizer/Democratic vote getter in Chicago - now an arrogant country club guy with martini making snide comments at passers by? FULL POST
Carmen Van Kerckhove
Co-founder, New Demographic, a consulting firm that addresses race and racism
It has become increasingly fashionable to bandy about the words “post-racial” and “colorblind” when discussing race in America.
Apparently, many Americans have convinced themselves that they even if racism does still exist, they are not part of the problem. When asked the question "If you honestly assessed yourself, would you say that you have at least some feelings of racial prejudice?" in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, only three in ten respondents answered yes.
The other seven must be afflicted by “colorblindness,” that odd phenomenon that drives people to insist that they “just don’t notice race” and claim that they don’t care whether people are “black, brown, green, or purple.”
Of course, colorblindness and post-raciality are both mythical constructs.
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Author, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation and co-founding editor of ColorLines magazine
Last weekend's Washington Post/ABC poll of white and Black voters racial attitudes revealed, well, not much at all.
The headline was "3 in 10 Americans Admit To Racial Bias". According to this poll, when asked the useless question of whether one experiences "feelings of personal racial prejudice", Blacks (34% of respondents) rate worse than whites (30%). (I say Black respondents are more truthful. Meanwhile, yellow and brown apparently are still not worth polling at all.)
But the piece really focused on some obscure "racial sensitivity index" whose methodology apparently couldn't be fully disclosed for fear someone might actually call b.s. on it. According to this fantastical statistical invention, whites who have a Black friend on speed-dial, just bought a brownstone in Harlem, and have downloaded a Weezy mixtape in the last 3 years are about 20% more likely to vote for Barack Obama thank their Lil Abner cousins.
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Morning folks...Don Imus appears to be in hot water, yet again....
Months after returning to the radio with a pledge to mend the wounds caused by his comments about a women's basketball team, Don Imus is once again defending on-air remarks regarding race. During an on-air conversation Monday about the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys corner back Adam Jones, Imus asked, "What color is he?" Sports announcer Warner Wolf said, that Jones, who used to be nicknamed Pacman, is "African-American," Imus responded: "There you go. Now we know."
WELL...those six words have put Imus back in the hot seat. Imus said late Monday that he had been misunderstood. "I meant that he was being picked on because he's black," and just now on his show he said "i know some people want to get me...but this is ridiculous..." Well, we will see where the wind takes this story and bring you the latest tonight...
AND in other radio news...As Barack Obama broadens his outreach to evangelical voters, one of the movement's biggest names, James Dobson, accuses the likely Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible and pushing a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution...that criticism will be heard on Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program....So, we will see if those statement have any ripple effects and Tom Foreman will bring you that, too, tonight....