Yes, I agree Imus was wrong! But maybe, just maybe, he was only repeating some of the profane verbal abuse that is in much of the rap songs. Or, Maybe, just maybe he heard other forms of verbal abuse shared by many of my own African American brothers and sisters. Regardless of what ethnic group we are in verbal abuse is never ever acceptable.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
We are all members of one race-THE HUMAN RACE. Yet, we hurt each other with our words. But we can put a halt to it. Here are 3 suggestions:
1. When we hear verbal attacks against anyone DO NOT PARTICIPATE and let the other person(s) know how you feel. Remember, even if you do not say anything or laugh at the statements it is a way of showing your agreement.
2. Counter verbal attacks with verbal correction. Let folks know that just like they are attacking someone else someone may be attacking them. Point out the end results and help folks remember the lessons learned by the IMUS mess.
3. STOP bad mouthing our own family, ethnic group for the world to hear and see. More importantly we do not need to hear words of hate, anger, slander, gossip or bragging but words of healing, help and hope.
I am glad of the IMUS mess because it can aid in waking us all up to the power that is in our words. If each one of us make a commitment to encourage, empower and enlarge the territory of our individual and ethnic group potential-we could make real changes.
All Rights Reserved, 2007 Rosie Horner
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