Jdid Writes On Don Imus, Hip Hop, White Folks and Black Folks


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…

Story Links

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


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues

14 responses to “Jdid Writes On Don Imus, Hip Hop, White Folks and Black Folks

  1. I never have liked Don Imus and, after I heard of his treatment of PBS’s Glen Ifil (NYT), I’d have to say I’d be glad to see him turned out to pasture.

  2. reality check

    When one thinks of the strength, dignity and integrity of African Americans such as the second world war Tuskegee Airman, Jesse Owens, Arthur Ashe and many others who have led the way, one can only be horrified of the damage created by BET ( Black Entertainment Television ) over the past two decades.

    The glorifying of a lifestyle of grossly overweight hip hop males or pimps surrounded by a plethora of skimpy dressed “hos” sends the wrong message
    of easy money, drugs and stealing. Sound familiar?

    Maybe we can start by lifting up our young people by broadcasting only those stations which promote a positive lifestyle, hard work, education and tolerance?

  3. Pogo

    Can we give this whole race issue a rest for a while? These days it is being twisted into an excuse for all sorts of nasty things.

    We Bajans are strong, polite, and proud and we can make our own way no matter what our skin colour. We don’t need to lower ourselves to name calling and slurs.

    Nelson Mandela said:

    “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

    Most of us in Barbados’ show our class and don’t see skin colour or nationality as anything more than a source of pride that we all live together happily and harmoniously.

    Let’s build on that.

  4. ABC123

    As an analytical thing, I used to turn off the audio while watching B.E.T. (as so kindly provided to our Bajan Yutes, by the Gov’t. of Barbados!),
    and just check the video input to the psyche.

    Basically HipHop is about Material Gain and being ugly(UglyAmerikin?) about that gain.
    Ca$h, expensive cars, Hoes(always Hoes!), fancy Rolex watches being help up for the camera to check it out..know whut A’m saying?..Ca$h..did I say Ca$h already,sorry..Hoes(again), more fancy cars,boats(haven’t seen many aeroplanes,I don’t think), and of course Hoes and Bitches in the cutest lil shorts! Such imagery!! Yow!
    (these guys must be socially-disadvantaged to need to be like that!)
    Have you noticed,too….just recently… a whole rash of HipHop-adoration MAGAZINES in your bookstore, glorifying the idiot hiphop hero, complete with all the above-mentioned accoutrements?
    oh,this is BIG Business, this HipHop thang, you better get on board,MuthaRuckah while you can gitch yoself somewhere, befo’ dey BAN IT!

  5. DFX

    Well put Pogo!!!!!

  6. J. Payne

    IMUS gon’ be rich now…. All the booha-ha over nothing… Now he’s probably going to sign with a satellite radio company and get shares in the same satellite provider in exchange for bringing his listener base to subscribe to the satllite and he’ll end up rich like Howard Stern.

  7. J. Payne

    I was begging CBC to carry the TV One channel that is the new Black channel for the Urban professional African American. They show more POSITIVE imaged black television.


    Right now they’re having a ROOTS(the movie) marathon because of the anniversary of the Slave Trade.

  8. Regional-TV fan

    I would like to beg CBC to carry regional TV Channels like Trinidad TV and St.Vincent TV.
    All we get is the bloody Amerikan brainwashing TV and ONE UK Channel-BBC, no Sky TV, one Canadian TV channel.Where is TRINIDAD TV channel,please?
    It cannot be that difficult to get a signal up here to Barbados, and ours/CBC down to them.
    We think we are island-brothers of CARICOM and CSME and can’t even get to see each others TV channels. The technology cannot be that difficult.!

  9. For the record I did mention blacks speaking about other races. maybe that wasnt clear.

    Thanks for the link though!

  10. J. Payne

    Re: Regional-TV fan You are 100% correct….. I wish there was a feed of Synergy TV in Barbados too…. The T&T Music channel. http://www.synergytv.net/

    It would NOT be difficult to get feeds from T&T. I been by the CBC headquarters they have more then enough satellite dishes out there to tap– one for the feed. Any Caribbean station that is planning to play mostly LOCAL content should be given prefference for carriage of signal. It would be nice to stop paying soo much royalty fees to outside media houses for using their content and start supporting a Caribbean based industry. So long as that same industry pushes itself to improve itself all the time and isn’t recycling the same content year, after year, after year, after year.

  11. Lady Anon

    it really isn’t…when I am in SVG, I can get CBC and I am sure in SLU as well. So, I am sure Bim can access these other services as well…perhaps it is a matter of cost. 🙂

  12. ??

    Imus is getting what he deserves for his stupid comments… closer to home has anyone read Bob Verduns writing in the Sunday Sun…. is that not also derogitory of Native Canadians and racially toned.. totally unacceptable

  13. Bim bitten

    I lived in Barbados for a year doing volunteer work. While people I met out and about or working on the projects I was involved in were usually great, I found terrible racism from those in positions of authority. Ex government bureaucrats and staff at leading international organizations assuming that I was just like any other female Canadian tourist on the island (I’ll let you figure that one out for yourselves) and assuming that I’m rich based solely on the colour of my skin and the country I call home. High level staff made comments such as “Tell your rich daddy to send you some money from Canada” and other comments which shouldn’t be repeated in a public forum. I’m not rich – just the opposite and had tremendous difficulty getting student loans and staying in Barbados for the year. I lost 30 lbs on the volunteer diet and it was a very trying time. My most difficult experience was with the UWI where I was told directly by the director of one of the institutes that – as a white woman – I had “no right doing research in the Caribbean”. She also told me that my work would not be deserving respect based on the fact that I am white. During that same conversation, I was also told that one of Barbados leading medical researchers did not deserve respect – and neither did his work. Why? Because he’s a “skinny white man”. When I complained about the way that I was treated in the programme, her solution was to “maybe not accept people like YOU in the programme anymore – why not? other places do it, why can’t we?” So… I – and people “like” me – are to be denied an education based on the colour of our skin? Was that not what your Barbadian mothers, fathers and grandparents tried so hard to stop?
    I was not raised to judge people by the colour of their skin. I was raised to look at people based on their merit – how they worked, how they treated others, what they believed was right or wrong.
    I’ve been a minority in many countries in Asia and Africa. But I’ve never experienced racism to the degree that I went through in Barbados.
    I dearly love my Barbadian friends. I love the fact that people stop their cars to let you cross the road. I love that I can walk into a rum shop and have an awesome conversation with the lady behind the counter or the man sitting at the bar.
    But I sorely wish that people in Barbados – black, white, and every thing in between – could begin looking at each other for WHO they are and not judge them based on colour or the country that they come from. There are bad people in this work – they come in every colour. Same holds true with good people. But you will never know unless you open up your hearts.

  14. Hope Springs Eternal

    Sadly, “Bim bitten”, this is the reality of Barbados. Those wonderful pictures in the tourist ads of white sand beaches, turquoise waters and happy sweet-faced schoolchildren in their uniforms, only show the very thin surface of Barbados. 42 years after declaring independence, racism is worse today than ever. There are many black Bajans, who will tell you that if you are black it is impossible to be racist, which, of course, is pure nonsense. What else would you call the many instances that you have cited in your post?
    Word has gotten out already in the international community and the tourism industry that Barbados is a racist country and despite certain government ministers stating that the 2009/2010 tourist season will be a good one and that numbers are up, that is pure propaganda much like the beautiful ads on TV with the white sand beaches…………………………..