Sunday, April 29, 2007

Imus...The Answer to my own Question

{Originally Posted on Myspace}

I wanted to write an answer awhile ago, but with my busy life and the Virginia Tech tragedy, I have been preoccupied. The question that was posed a few weeks ago: Is free spreech the right of everyone except white people?

Well, let me preface this by saying the Bill of Rights were created by the founding fathers of this country that sought political freedom from England. During their time, if you spoke badly against the King you were in danger of losing your life. So they wanted to create a society where anyone can say anything without getting prosecuted by the government.

With that being said, free speech is the right of everyone. Imus has the right to say whatever he wants. He will NEVER see any jail time because of it. However, when you work for a company that produces a public good, then you will be judged in the court of public opinion. When you work for a company, you are representing them. So, free speech doesnt protect you. We all operate with a code of conduct that each company expects us to abide by. In the end it was money that spoke the loudest becuase it was the Advertisers that were threatening CBS to pull the plug or they will pull out.

The simple fact is that this society was built on the back of African Slaves, on the land of Native Americans, and is railroads made by Asain Migrants. So, it is about time we check people, ALL people, on the things they say.

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