Google Don Imus and National Organization of Women, Martha Burke and any other major feminist organization.
Do you know what you will find? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Shock jock Imus slammed the Rutgers female basketball team on Wednesday, calling them “nappy-headed ho’s,” and we’ve nary a peep from most of these organizations.
Three days later, they have all gone silent.
UPDATE: On Monday, NOW launche their “Dump Imus” campaign.
A few years ago this weekend, Martha Burke, head of the National Council of Womens Organizations, was at Augusta National protesting the lack of female members at the exclusive Augusta National Club. Today, she says nothing about the insult Imus heaped on a group of talented and smart college women.
Thank God for Angela Burt-Murray, the top editor at Essence Magazine. A former colleague at now defunct Vanguarde Media (she was the #2 editor at Honey Magazine and I was news editor of Savoy Magazine), issued a stinging rebuke of Imus. Her comments, along with the denunciation of the dunce by the National Association Black Journalists, really raised the ante in the dispute with Imus. Today, the Rev. Al Sharpton demanded his resignation.
But it is insulting that, as usual, African Americans have had to carry this load. Any person with half a brain would think that female-focused groups would join in the chorus of people weighing in on this controversy. But no!
Not only that, what about Emily’s List, the largest female political action committee? Don’t you think they would condemn his comments, and ask that women politicos not grace the show for his slam on women? Shouldn’t they join NABJ and demand that journalists not join his show unless substantive changes are made?
Frankly, Burke, NOW and even the editors of female magazines should be ashamed of themselves. These weak organizations have shown they have absolutely no relevance whatsoever. They say they are here to defend and advocate for women.
But I guess when you are a mostly Black Rutgers University basketball team, you don’t count in their eyes.
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