News| Race In America | When is An Apology Not an Apology?

News| Race In America | When is An Apology Not an Apology?

Published February 11, 2008

Posted April 4, 2006 Didn’t I tell you Neal Boortz would follow the long line of other defanged shock jocks who came before the American public – and Black Americans in particular – seeking forgiveness for a “momentary, uncharacteristic” lapse of judgment?

It’s the classic case of the White male pseudo-shocker – you know, the type who can barely muster a spark of intelligent, insightful commentary – so they drop a timely bomb, laced with racial, sexist overtones. He revels in the chuckles that roll in from his core constituency before realizing he might just laugh himself out of a job.

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In the tradition of the Grease Man, Limbaugh, Bennett and Lenihan (see my last blog if you need a reminder of who these guys are), Boortz has come to beg forgiveness from a woman who, on a “personal basis, I find … rather engaging and endearing.”

He wanted to let everyone know that he wasn’t insulting six-term Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney when he said she looked like a “ghetto slut.” He was merely talking about her hairdo, which looked like “ghetto trash.”

“I had something very unflattering to say about her hairstyle,” Boortz said in a statement Tuesday. “You see, now why her hairstyle is an issue? In this whole mistaken-identity case, her hairstyle may be an issue because it might be the reason that the police officer did not recognize her.”

He also wanted to let everybody know that “her old hairstyle of the braids had class” and made it easy to identify her, unlike her new ’do, which is “kind of wild and crazy, every-hair-going-in-a-different-direction thing.”

As for the issue of race, he was merely stepping in to defend the White police officer because the officer was being blamed for racial profiling. “[S]he doesn't get recognized, and all of the sudden, the cop is a racist,” Boortz noted.

One thing for sure, Boortz wants us to know, he himself is no racist.

But, he laments, that “won't mean anything to people who consider any negative comment or criticism of any type at any time about anybody who is not White to be racism.”

Thanks for clearing all of that up Mr. Boortz. I wouldn’t want anybody to take you out of context.

Written by BET-Staff


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