OK, Don Imus has been fired and, despite what Rosie O'Donnell may think (if, indeed, she ever does,) it's not a free speech issue. After all, the government won't come after him, his employer simply decided that it doesn't want to put up with the bad publicity anymore. Would that "The View" felt the same. So be it.
Mary Mitchell insists that the controversy isn't over the fact that he called the women "ho's," it was the preceding adjective that was the problem.
"That was really what offended them," Williams said. "Why is it that nappy-headed offends us so much, when being nappy-headed or having a tight curl pattern is natural to us?" he said. "Why do we still perceive nappy as being something negative?"
I can walk around all day with my hair in twists or an Afro, and no one gives a second look. But don't let me put on my No. 33 curly, honey-colored wig -- the compliments flow.
There wasn't a nappy-head among the Rutgers players even after they sweated through a championship loss.
"You look at the sisters, and they were all straight [hair] and permed," Williams pointed out. "These were highly educated, successful student athletes with perms. Still, after all of that, they are called a nappy-headed ho. At some point, we have to please ourselves and not other people," he said.
If we've really arrived at the point that insulting hairstyles causes a national controversy, then we've certainly made more racial progress than people are willing to admit. If, though, we've also come to the point that people can lose their jobs over insulting hair styles, then we've perhaps lost more than we've gained.