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  •  The African-Americans I know (0+ / 0-)

    didn't really care about this media-driven "scandal" and thought the whole thing was ridiculous.

    Its not a representative sample, but its a large sample of African-Americans under thirty who are highly educated and would watch meet the press.

    This was by far a bigger example of white Americans navel gazing and self-congratulating then it was an issue that really affected African Americans and how they live their lives.

    •  Don't agree at all. (2+ / 0-)
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      sukeyna, PsychoSavannah

      Maybe we're talking to different kinds of African-Ameicans. Also, this was grass roots driven Media Matters, Black Journalists Association and NOW. Also, bottom line the fact that this is presented as a "Black problem" is "media driven" This was probably more misogynist than racist. I think the Rutgers athletes got it. I think the media jumped on the usual "Oh, the Black folks are angry. Let's get Al Sharpton over here." because it suited their purposes.

      "though we rush ahead to save our time- we are only what we feel" Neil Young- 1968

      by blindyone on Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 08:51:17 PM PDT

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    •  What they tell you (0+ / 0-)

      and what they really think may be two different things.

      •  Are you calling them uncle toms? (0+ / 0-)

        You don't know them or what circles I travel in.

        I'm just saying that its pretty bold of many white people on this site to speak for what "black people think." My experiences are that African-Americans are not the monolith white liberals make them out to be.

        Particularly the younger African American circles that I tend to travel in. And I'm not talking about one on one conversations either, but group dialogues to which I've just been an observer. There's widespread agreement that Imus had to be called out -- but thats where the agreement ends. The idea though, that this is a significant issue in their lives -- thats what I'm disputing.

        I think you'd be very hard pressed to argue that a majority of African-Americans believe that Don Imus is even in the top 20 of pressing issues facing the black community. And at least the ones I've listend to are damn pissed at the tokenism we throw at them when we talk about these theatrical issues.

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