Don Imus, who I admit to having never heard of before the controversy I and many others wrote about earlier this year involving the Rutgers Basketball team, will return to radio Dec. 3, 2007. According to MSNBC, Imus was paid his salary the entire time he was off air, effectively reducing his firing to a “well-paid leave.” An MSNBC poll also shows that 72% of the article readers think he should have his job back and that “the whole situation was blown out of proportion.”
President of WABC, Steve Borneman, had this to say about Imus’ return:
“We are ecstatic to bring Don Imus back to morning radio,” said WABC radio President and General Manager Steve Borneman. “Don’s unique brand of humor, knowledge of the issues and ability to attract big-name guests is unparalleled. He is rested, fired up and ready to do great radio.”
Once again, the message is loud and clear: white people are the real victims of hate crimes in the white imaginary. Don Imus insulted an entire team of black women along both race and gender lines and in so doing demeaned all of us. Yet it is his so-called firing that is the tragedy.
Now that the phrase he used has become a regular refrain in comedy sketches, comic strips, and other media outlets, he is to be rewarded with a return to radio. The fact that he was paid all along, and that many cried out for “justice for Imus,” from the beginning, only follows the pattern this blog and others have been tracking of the anti-justice justice movement in which justice and innocence are racially coded and afforded on specific racial lines.
I don’t know about you all, but I want real justice from my nation. When people support oppression or supremacy that is not justice. When Imus is paid his entire time off the air and then returned to the airwaves just in time for the holiday season, that is not justice. And when 72% of readers (all be it of only one article) believe it is, the wave of violent threats, unjust arrests, and violent acts against people of color will continue to be encouraged and condoned, rape, attempted murder, beatings, and false arrests are not justice.