I have little feet, like… woman feet. There I said it. Back to the story. How do I feel about Imus being fired. I wouldn’t have fired him, probably, but certainly understand it. Why? Because Imus is an intolerant old doofus. Everyone knows that. Everyone who listens to Imus is an intolerant old doofus. Everyone also knows that. What do I care about two intolerant old doofi telling racist jokes to each other? I don’t really.
I like that we know Imus is a racist, that is the most important thing to come out of these scandals. Now we know who is racist. Everytime one of them outs themselves, it saves me the trouble. I don’t know that you need to fire him, but make him walk around with a scarlet ‘R’ on his vest. Same for Kramer & Mel Gibson & Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise? Yes, because there aren’t any black Scientologists except for Chef. I have no respect for racism, but apparently I do have some tolerance. Why? Because everyone is racist. Every single living human on the planet is racist to some degree. It is human nature and self preservation.
For example, when I was in high school I had long hair. At lunch, I sat at the table with the other long hairs. Why? Because I know we have at least something in common, and there is strength in numbers… in case the meatheads come after us. Doesn’t make it right, but I did get through high school quite nicely. What is important is to recognize your own prejudices, and not let them affect your decision making. I mean, is there a bigger racist in the public eye than Al Sharpton? Nope, because he has made a lifestyle (and a fortune).
So, how do you avoid the slippery slope of intolerance and accusation? Keep your thoughts to yourself, and treat everyone you meet with respect. It is that simple – ‘Be Excellent to each other’.
Ok, I wanna close with some words from Henry Rollins. Henry says racism is for the stupid and the weak. “Why hate someone for the color of their skin? If you take the time to get to know them, there is so much more to hate”. It sounds extreme at first, but that is actually a pretty progressive way to think about it. Be Excellent to Each Other.