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Imus-t Dissent

Let it not be said that blogger Norm Pattis is shy about expressing his opinions, and on the firing of Don Imus, his position is that the shock jock was lynched. Yes, he argues, Imus showed racial insensitivity -- but let's be honest about the fact that we live in a racially insensitive society. Says Pattis:

"What Imus teaches is that we cannot talk about the things that divide us. Too much truth, too much honesty is dangerous. It is better to engage in symbolic chatter. Let Oprah and Al Roker have prime time slots and let them speak politely about things. But don't let them provoke. Keep it all clean, mild, and compressed toward a center that does not hold. Avoid real issues in the name of getting along while the lights are on."

The fact is, Pattis argues, race does matter, a lot. That is why there is disparity in drug sentencing and inequality in housing and education -- real issues tearing away at our society's health. "But rather than focus on these, rather than engage in any meaningful discussion of race," he writes, "we lynch Imus."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on April 13, 2007 at 03:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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