In the July issue of Harpers magazine, Lewis Lapham (who I normally don’t care for) writes compellingly about the Don Imus scandal. Imus, in April, called Rutgers women basketball players "nappy headed hos."
Lapham includes a quote from the "musician Snoop Dogg who parsed the difference between Imus’s emission and those of rappers like himself":
We are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level of education and sports. We’re talking about hos that’s in the hood that ain’t doing shit, is trying to get a nigga for his money…We ain’t no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls.
So sweeping in its analysis, so eloquent in its delivery.
Preach, Snoop, preach: We’re listening.
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