“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