We recieved the message below from the Eastern LI Branch of the NAACP:
Hazel N. Dukes, President of theNAACP demands that Imus be fired for his racist and sexist comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team and the show's executive producer Bernard McGuirk, who joined in with his on-air racist comments should go as well.
"There is no excuse, nor is there any humor in these racist, sexist descriptions and the only apology that will be accepted is for them to be fired," said Dukes. "The women on the Rutgers University basketball team are talented women, college students who deserve to be respected."
"MSNBC which carries the Imus radio show is just as culpable as WFAN-AM radio station, and they should drop Imus immediately."
"The NAACP has fought racist description of African-Americans in the media since the beginning of the Twentieth Century with the racist movie "Birth Of A Nation" and we will not be silent when it occurs in the Twenty-First Century."
The NAACP will be joined by the Chapter of the Coalition of One Hundred Black Women and ACORN on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at 30 Rockefeller Plaza to demand the firing of Imus and Bernard McGuirk.
For more information,
Contact: Hazel N. Dukes, President
NYS Conference of NAACP Branches
We all should join the NAACP in demanding an end to the racist and sexist descriptions of African-American women and all people of whatever color who are made fun of and called names by a Mr. Don Imus. Over the years this paragon of un-politically correct invective has made fun of many ethnicities. As Yasur Arafat was being buried Mr. Imus informed his listeners that Palestinians were animals. Those who protested that ugly slur were told by a NBC exec that although the remark was unfortunate, they would continue to broadcast the Imus show. Perhaps now will be the time for advertisers to realize that their message should not be tied to messages of hate.