Damian Penny (inspired by race relations expert Michelle Malkin, no less) emerges from his burrow to ask one of the less enlightened questions of the month:
What's more harmful to African-American women: one stupid "joke" by Don Imus, or typical hip-hop lyrics?
Well, Damian, see ... there was that other time, too. But who's counting, right?
AFTERSNARK: In all fairness, you can appreciate the motivations of Imus' defenders, since it goes without saying that Don Imus is clearly not as destructive or divisive a social force as, say:
- hip-hop artists
- Al Sharpton
- a giant meteor slamming into the Earth and obliterating all life
- the heat death of the universe
You know, in the same way that George W. Bush, despite having destroyed Iraq's infrastructure, obliterated its history, killed hundreds of thousands of its civilians and plunged it into civil war, is still not as bad as its former dictator. That would be the motto of the Bush administration: "Sure, we're neo-con, imperialist, genocidal lunatics ... but we're still not as bad as Saddam. Um ... right?"
That's quite the standard you have there, Damian: "Don Imus -- sure, he's a despicable racist and bigot, but how about that gangsta rap, huh?"