‘Real stupid’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“I think Don Imus bow­ing down to Al Sharp­ton is the per­fect ex­am­ple of just how pow­er­ful iden­tity pol­i­tics have be­come.

“No doubt, what Imus said was de­plorable. But is it any worse than what hun­dreds of rap­pers say day in and day out in their mu­sic? Not even close. Worse still: Does fir­ing Imus do any­thing to ad­dress the near fa­ther­less gen­er­a­tion of black chil­dren — 70 per­cent of them are grow­ing up in out-of-wed­lock homes? No. Does it ad­dress the racial gap in learn­ing be­tween black and Latino chil­dren and their white and Asian coun­ter­parts? No.

“Sharp­ton and Jesse Jack­son don’t want to talk about th­ese things, though. Be­cause that would re­quire moral courage to hold peo­ple ac­count­able for their ac­tions. So the race-baiters pound away at Imus while turn­ing a blind eye to the rap­pers, the break­down of the two-par­ent fam­ily, and pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion crum­bling un­der the weight of lib­eral teacher’s unions. That’s not keepin’ it real. That’s keep­ing it real stupid.”

An­gela McGlowan, in­ter­viewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez, May 2 in Na­tional Re­view On­line at www.na­tion­al­re­view.com

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