Well, MSNBC has decided to terminate Don Imus's appearances on its network and not simulcast his CBS syndicated radio show. Many acknowledge that this obviously leaves CBS with no choice but to sever its ties with him as well. I am a firm believer that the marketplace should make these decisions and that we tread a slippery slope when people are fired for stupid, derisive and blatantly racist comments. What kind of country would we have if this sudden trend continues? I am a defender of free speech no matter how offensive and demeaning its expression. There's also no doubt that if Imus had been anything other than a Caucasian man, he would still be on the airwaves today and held as an icon in many circles. Obviously Imus will land quickly on his feet and will mature and become a better human being from this experience.

However, Imus's dismissal is only the tip of the iceberg of this hate speech that continues to permeate our airwaves. What about the cruel and ugly language that's in the marketplace from the recording industry, cable shows and (how could we forget) the king of them all, Black Entertainment Television (BET), which reinforces through its plots, lyrics, and videos some of the worst stereotypes known to mankind. These images are so powerful that the weak are conditioned to believe that they are ho's, bitc--s, ni--as, and everything else that comes from the sewer. Rap music, actors, and entertainers influence teenagers negatively with their increasingly violent and disrespectful attitudes about women and their promotion of sexual promiscuity and aggression, rape, and physical abuse against women. Of course, we're not speaking of the rap artists that communicate opportunities for advancement and real self-esteem as a matter of survival. No, we speak of those rappers who tell our young through their music that violence, broken English, fornication, profanity and drug use is cool. If Imus is condemned and terminated from the public airwaves for his distasteful and offensive language, what about his colleagues that consistently and without conscience refer to women as hos, bitc--s, and the N-word? Should they not be held to the same standard? Are they not just as guilty as Mr. Imus? Has Don Imus become the poster-boy scapegoat for the hateful, derogatory, and racist speech that you hear across your airwaves on a pathetically regular basis? As the 2006 Oscar-winning Three 6 Mafia song goes, “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” (especially when you‘re pimping the most vulnerable among us).