“Enlightenment” in the Service of the Infantile

I’ve never seen or listened to more than about three minutes of Don Imus. My impression of him is negative, which may be accurate or inaccurate according to my values, but I really don’t care enough about him, one way or the other, to find out whether I’m missing anything I’d rather not miss.

I was driving home from a grocery run and NPR had the nappy-headed hos Rutgers women’s basketball team on with their press conference and I just couldn’t help but laugh my ass off. Jesus Christ. On and on. Poor little babies. They got called names. Just look at those pathetic faces.


Reminds me of my 4-year-old nephew, Hunter, when he thinks he’s got an angle on some sympathy. Reminds me… Shit; it’s exactly like my 4-year-old nephew. Aren’t children supposed to have learned the sticks-&-stones meme before going off to college?

Look; I’m not adverse to the general enlightenment (which is exactly what it is: racism, bigotry, and what have you, is chiefly a symptom of ignorance). This is not enlightenment. This is the politics of victimhood and pond scum like Jesse Jackson, et al, are happy to chew these pawn-girls up in the service of their fraudulent shake-down looting — upon which they always get a pass because they’re black. Race-excused thugs: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and a lot of others.

It’s a con, just like these things always are. Keep it in mind: when you’re asked to act like a 4-year-old in order to "raise consciousness," pass. The good opportunities will come along now and then.

Richard Nikoley

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  1. Richard Nikoley on April 13, 2007 at 15:24


    Good points, actually, and I'll accept is as a decent clarification. I'd agree. Those girls were turned into something they likely weren't before, and some of that can be chalked up to youth.

    They're young enough to get somewhat of a pass. This is more a symptom of the general culture than particularly bad character (on their parts).

    That said, just like a child needs to be corrected for being a baby, so do they.

  2. John T. Kennedy on April 13, 2007 at 15:13

    I don't blame the Rutgers players. These women had just missed to grabbing a brass ring that few people can get near. This was a huge goal they'd been working toward for years and they came up just short. Their disappointment had to be palpable. And then they get home and instead of a pat on the back from their appreciative fans they get this little shitstorm. It wasn't that Imus called them nappy headed hos on tv, it was that they were getting microphones shoved in their faces and asked how they liked being called nappy headed hos. I don't blame them for being pissed as hell, and I don't blame them for taking whatever shot they could back.

    That said: They got played, by race hustlers like Sharpton and Jackson, and possibly by their own coach.

    Yes, I know what you're saying about them playing victims and there's something to that but that can't be the modus operandi of such players, you can't accomplish what they did by playing the victim. They got played.

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