It's asinine statements like this that just drive me up the wall when it comes from one of our own, especially one in a position of power. This is from Kevin Neff, managing editor of the Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.'s LGBT paper), on the Imus incident:
You cannot eradicate intolerance and it's a waste of time to try. You can work for equality under the law for all citizens and then let the chips fall where they may on a level playing field. But all the finger wagging in the world won't stop people from making stupid, offensive remarks.
Imus didn't deserve to be fired and all these self-appointed enforcers of politically correct speech need to take a long look in the mirror and then read up on our nation's history of cherishing the freedom of speech. The Imus episode should have presented an opportunity for dialogue on these sticky issues of racism and sexism. Instead, it has taught us to keep our mouths shut and our prejudices in the closet.
More from Neff and my thoughts after the jump.
The wild world of radio, home to outsized personalities like Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, and a host of others on all sides of the political spectrum, is a place Americans have long turned for uncensored, unvarnished debate. Silencing those voices, no matter how much we may disagree with them, is a mistake.
Yes, because not giving someone a radio show on CBS radio and a cable show on MSNBC is silencing them. By Neff's logic, I'm silenced because I don't have my radio and TV shows, but I don't expect him to write up anything pitying me.
Besides the fact that he doesn't have any understanding of what freedom of speech is really about, nor does he seem to understand the power of the language that Imus used, nor does he realize that Imus's comments themselves didn't do anything to expand our national dialogue on racism or sexism, I just don't like his hopelessness in saying there's no point in trying to fight against intolerance. Isn't he one of our peoples' leaders?
Ugh. But what did I expect from the editor of the paper that hired the semi-out, homophobic, and rather unintelligent Jeff Gannon as a columnist?