Protest turns to party after Imus is ousted

first_imgWEST HOLLYWOOD – A civil rights protest against Don Imus on Thursday turned into a celebration of the shock jock’s firing by CBS, with triumphant black activists now pledging to turn their attention to rappers who denigrate women and African-Americans. A coalition of local chapters of civil rights organizations, clergy and Rutgers alumni said they will begin a campaign to boycott gangsta rappers, the music companies that record them and radio stations that glamorize them in an attempt to combat lyrics abusive to women and blacks. “It’s time for us to sanction our own speech and how we talk about ourselves,” said the Rev. Lewis Logan, pastor of the Bethel AME Church in South Los Angeles. “We will boycott the products that denigrate women, that denigrate African-Americans, even if it’s by our own artists.” The group had scheduled a news conference to call for a march on the Los Angeles CBS offices on Beverly Boulevard to urge the firing of Imus over his racially insensitive remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Midway through, they learned that the network had fired the controversial radio show host. “This is not just about (Imus),” Lee said. “It’s about eradicating racism in the United States.” Later in the afternoon, other civil rights activists held what they called a “victory party” in Leimert Park in South Los Angeles to celebrate Imus’ firing. “Firing is not enough,” comic Mooney said at the earlier celebration. “He should be made to work for Naomi Campbell for six months!” [email protected] (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Members of the coalition who had gathered at the Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard immediately began celebrating and hugging each other. When the group was assured by newsmen that several networks had confirmed the report, black comedian Paul Mooney jokingly shot back: “Well, I’m not going to believe it until BET says it’s confirmed!” Leaders of the group thanked CBS for listening to the voices of outrage and anger that had been growing since Imus’ comments on his show last week and had led to MSNBC announcing Wednesday that it would no longer televise the simulcast of the Imus morning show on cable television. Eric Lee, executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Los Angeles chapter, said the coalition will now press to buy stock in networks and recording industry companies that hold media companies and entertainers accountable for their comments. last_img read more