FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jerry Horn
Date: April 16,
Concerning the Comments of Talk Show Host Don Imus
-- A Statement by Dr. Alveda King
Atlanta, GA – The racist slurs
hurled by radio host Don Imus are reprehensible and certainly warrant the
outrage that has followed. The fact that certain black men use similar or
identical words when talking about black women is not a defense for Mr. Imus’s
epithets, only further evidence of the debasing of American culture.
The Imus scandal highlights a
deeper and broader problem in our country, the disrespect we have for each
other. The murders of my father, the Rev. A.D. King, and my uncle, Dr.
Martin Luther King, were born of this disrespect. So were the deaths of 48
million babies by abortion. When we regard certain people as lesser than
ourselves, the value of life is cheapened.
To me, it’s as offensive to call
an unborn baby a “blob of tissue” as it is to call a black woman a “ho.”
The disrespect to humanity is the same. My outrage is the same.
Yes, Don Imus’s apologies are
necessary. But I demand the same from every public figure who has ever
said that babies in the womb are not persons.
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