My mother found my home number again.
"Did you hear about Ibis?" she asks me.
"You mean Imus?"
Ibis? It's two syllables. Does she receive all her news by telephone from a friend with a bad sinus problem? One certainly doesn't view the letters "I-M-U-S" and come up with "Ibis."
"Yes, Imus. Did you hear what happened?"
"I'm out of work, not off the planet."
Do you think Reagan's mother ever called him and asked, "Did you hear about what happened to Nixman?"
"I think they're gonna fire him." Translation: They should put you on in his place.
"I don't know. We'll see. He makes a lot of money for them. What did he say anyway?"
"He called someone a nappy-haired ho." I knew that. I just wanted to hear my mother say "nappy-haired ho." Guilty.
"What do you think of this whole mess?"
"It's so stupid." Now you know where I get my writing talent.
It is certainly stupid. But that's what political correctness has brought us; one ridiculous claim after another, until we have been engineered to believe without question some of the most asinine things people can dream up.
What started as the white lie to help lubricate social intercourse, has morphed into mandatory conformity with absurdity. We are clearly a less intelligent world due to political correctness. Even the term "political correctness" is too vague and friendly for a concept that has had divisive consequences for civil society. Emotionally Challenged, EC, is more accurate. It's that simple. Political Correctness is a form of emotional retardation.
Witnesseth the spread:
NASSAU BROADCASTING Classic Hits WSBG/STROUDSBURG morning host GARY SMITH has been fired over a stunt that used the same phrase that got DON IMUS into trouble. According to a report in the POCONO RECORD, listeners heard SMITH use "I'm a nappy-headed ho" as the "Phrase that Pays" on the air TUESDAY morning.
In just 48 hours a phrase once considered as innocuous as it is ubiquitous in the popular culture, has been stripped of all it's important context to become synonamous with the dreaded wNbc-word. In a sane world that phrase would still pay. Not anymore. Just saying it is a "stunt gone awry" waiting to happen. Like holding a water drinking contest. Who knew, a year ago, that competitive water drinking would today be off limits for broadcasters? Right now, I'm busy hoarding boxes of Spic and Span cleaner for their future value as Ebay kitsch.
"....he's violated our community," said Bruce Gordon, former head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, euphemistically known as the NAACP, for people uncomfortable with the idiotic assemblage of words behind the acronym. I've always considered it vulgar for people to anoint themselves as a clearinghouse for people of a certain skin tone. Strictly speaking, slave ships advanced colored people, too, but it wasn't a good thing.
He, meaning Imus (or Ibis...not that there's anything wrong with that), has violated Bruce Gordon's community according to Bruce Gordon. Being rendered functionally unintelligent by political correctness you won't hear many people asking Bruce the following perfectly logical questions:
"What is your community?"
"Where is your community located?"
"Does your community own property?"
"Do you own this community?"
"Are people with the same physical characteristics considered a community? Why?"
"Is it now legal to own people?"
"Have these people in your community granted you power of attorney?"
"What was the violation of the law?"
"Did your community contact you about this matter, or did you contact them?"
Gordon said that as a matter of principle, firing Imus should be an easy decision to make...
Actually it's a matter of politics, fascist politics, because that's what political correctness is; politics with the absence of principle. Politics for the sole corrupt principle of the rules being whatever benefits the speaker. Political porn.
In law, if there are no damages, there are no awards. In the supernatural law of Emotional Correctness, however, a man must forfeit some material wealth for upsetting the emotional well-being of his ever-growing number victims found by the vigilantes of emotional distress.
Ironically, Imus may be the person least damaged by his dismissal. There are executives, shareholders, workers, and advertisers who would feel the pinch and not all of them in a retirement position yet or remotely culpable. Some of them the same color as those poor, victimized scholars at Rutgers.