Journalist Jill Nelson on Imus

04/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
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A director of CBS said today he hopes that radio host Don Imus is fired for his demeaning remarks about black women, just a day after key companies announced that they had pulled their advertising from his show.


Bruce Gordon, who is also a former president of the NAACP, said he had spoken with CBS chief executive Les Moonves and hoped the company would ‘make the smart decision’ by firing Imus, rather than letting him return to the air at the end of a two-week suspension announced Monday night


Imus comments regarding the womens basketball team at Rutgers have been denounced by civil rights and women’s groups, and 2 sponsors have pulled their advertising from his program.


But many high profile politicians and political pundits – mostly white men – continue to stand behind Imus….To one social critic, there has been a noticeable paucity of black females being asked their opinion.

 Jill Nelson is one critic.  Nelson is a journalist and activist who’se writing have appeared in numerous publications, including the NY Times, The Nation, and the Village Voice.   writings have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Essence, The Nation, Ms., The Chicago Tribune, and The Village Voice. Her memoir, Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience, was a national bestseller and won an American Book award. Her second book of autobiographical non-fiction, Straight, No Chaser, was published in 1997 She spoke to WMNF from her home in New york today (roll tape#1 o.q.”maligned”) That’s New York based journalist and activist Jill Nelson.

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