Our Bajan brother in blogging, Jdid of Doan Mind Me, never made it home for Cricket World Cup. Poor Jdid is stuck up in Canada and the weather reports say it is going to be another miserable week in Toronto. Well, he knows how to get back to Bim if living in Canada gets to be too much for him. Meanwhile, Jdid’s blog always provides some good reading even if I don’t always agree with him.
We Say “Nappy Headed Hos” Is Tame Compared With Hip Hop Rap – Jdid Defends Hip Hop
This week, I agree with about half of what Jdid says about the Don Imus “nappy headed hos” incident.
For those who don’t recognise the name “Don Imus”, don’t be too hard on yourself – I had never heard his name until the story broke on CNN satellite. Imus is (was?) a radio broadcaster in the U.S. who called a mostly-black female basketball team “nappy headed hos” – a deplorable racially charged term if I ever heard one. Imus was fired by CBS, but only after the advertisers pulled out of his show, so we don’t know if his firing was a market-based choice or a moral decision on the part of his employer.
Jdid has some thoughts about Don Imus and those who accuse Hip Hop music of being complicit in changing language and culture for the worse. Jdid also talks about the apparent double standard in the black community when it comes to racial insults.
Of white folks, Jdid says…
“I am kind of tired of white folks when they make mistakes regarding race trying to fall behind the shield of but some of my best friends are black or look at what I’ve done for the black community. That ish is tired and played! Man up to your mistakes.”
Yup, on that point Jdid and I agree 100%.
Double Standards For Racial Slurs
But I don’t think that Jdid pays enough attention to another double standard that exists in “black” cultures… not only do we look the other way when a black refers to another black with a racial term, we look the other way when blacks use racial terms or show racism against whites or indo/asians.
On Barbados, I immediately think of Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s “negrocrat” taunt and Environment Minister Liz Thompson calling Richard Goddard a “Caucasian” like that made him some sort of sub-human dirty animal.
On this matter of Don Imus and racial insults, head over to Jdid and to some of our other links for different perspectives.
Here you go…
Jdid’s Doan Mind Me Blog – What Rhymes With Imus?
Michelle Malkin – Imus vs. the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks Chart (language warning)
Barbados Free Press…
Of “Negrocrats, Oreos, Iggas” and Other Racial Slurs In Barbados
Barbados Environment Minister Uses “Caucasian” As Racial Slur
Was That Barbados Slur “Nigger”, “Coon”, “Oreo” or “City Plantation Negrocrat” ? – It Is All The Same On The World Stage