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National Association Of Black Journalists Say Don Imus Should Be Fired For Racist Comments

April 8, 2007 by  
Filed under News, Sports

(Akiit.com) The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) are outraged at a number of crude comments made by WFAN radio personality Don Imus, regarding Rutgers University’s women’s basketball team.

During a radio interview on his simulcasted radio show on MSNBC, Imus referred to athletes of the basketball team as “nappy-headed ho’s” and “jiggaboos,” after they lost the NCAA championship to the University of Tennessee.

“Has he lost his mind?” asked NABJ President Bryan Monroe in a statement. “Those comments were beyond offensive. Imus needs to be fired. Today.”

“As NABJ strives to dispel stereotypes and promote accurate portrayals of minorities in the media, we find this characterization of these young black women offensive and hateful,” said Barbara Ciara, NABJ vice president/broadcast in a statement.

NABJ and numerous others are seeking a public apology from Imus and others hope to see Imus terminated.

It is unlikely that Imus will be fired as a result of the remarks, but he did make a public apology on his Imus In The Morning show yesterday [Apr. 6].

Imus referred to his crude remarks as “insensitive and ill-conceived” and believed that his comments were, “completely inappropriate.

“We can understand why people were offended,” Imus said.

By Danielle Harling


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