'Censorship' in the morning


Regarding the general Don Imus coverage of late. Where is the defense for the First Amendment?

Where is the mention of the African-American music and film industry's grotesque use of stereotypes for profit? No mention of 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy and others' profitable mining of blacks as gangstas and their use of misogyny and profanity.

And, by the way, how many of those artists' CDs and DVDs do each of the Rutgers women own or choose to view regularly on MTV?

Firing Imus is heavy-handed and hypocritical. If nothing is being done about the daily use of stereotypes by African-American CEOs, artists and the larger entertainment industry to sell CDs and movie tickets, then why blame one man for what an industry gets away with daily?

Snoop Dogg was quoted as saying that he can get away with what Imus could not because ''I have the street cred.'' Street cred for what, Dogg? To act like an idiot?

So if Imus had a good beat going, was a little more lyrical flow and was a black gangsta, no one would have said a peep. Imus is a loud-mouthed idiot for sure and Dogg is an artistic idiot, but this issue [of censorship and selective prosecution] promises to get heavy.

- Ray Cook

Akwesasne Mohawk

Cook is a co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association and president of Rezzdog Associates, a Native media consulting firm.