Defending IMUS

Until now,I have decided to stay clear of the brouhaha ignited by Don Imus's racist comment. But the hypocrisy of his defenders is making my blood boil.Everyone who stands up to the podium to defend Don Imus says the same thing, right off the bat: What the man said was deplorable. Indefensible. Disgusting. Or any other litany of words to try to separate themselves from his vile comments. If you believe that what he said was disgusting and indefensible, then what the hell are you defending him for?


The only reason I can think of is that you don't think what he said was all that bad, and want the same freedom to spew out disgusting tripe on your own multi-million dollar programs.

I've got news for you guys: You all have the freedom to say whatever you want. But that does not mean you should be rewarded with fat sponsorship deals and multi-million dollar paychecks to say it. Comments that people consider offensive vary from person to person. But if what you say makes EVERYONE say you've gone too far, maybe it's time for you to take a shot in the pocket.

Don Imus took his. If you're so worried about taking one of your own, maybe it's time to put a little thought behind your words.

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Cry not Mama

Today marks the 7th anniversary of the April 10th 2000 student massacre that took place in the Gambia. Alpha Robinson wrote a powerful poem in the heydays of that senseless human tragedy. In memory of all those students who paid the ultimate price, here is Alpha Robinson's timeless poem:

Cry not Mama
Trying to make sense
Out of the senseless
Turning around in circles
Sleepless and restless
Trying to feel your pain
 
Mothers and fathers of the martyrs
Young lives taken away
From earth to earth
Living in our hearts
Forever Forever and Forever
 
Mothers we mourn by your side
You have carried that baby for eight months
The ninth month demanding your breath
The joy you felt after the birth pains
Hoping and dreaming
That your baby will one day be someone
 
You gave that baby solid food and love
Toiling under the sun
Nothing you would not do
To give that child a future
 
Fathers we mourn by your side
You work this earth with bare feet
You deny yourself pleasures
To give that child a future
How anxious you were
Waiting to hear from the maternity ward
Or was it from the home
News about your baby
 
You two took that child to school
With high expectations
To acquire knowledge
For a better future
 
Then came the gunman
The neighbour’s child he was
No stranger to you
He calls you mother and father
Yet he turned that gun on your children
And took them away from you
Forever Forever and Forever
 
But cry not Mama
That child is in eternal peace
 
How can I tell you
How can I make you understand
That your pain is not in vain
That your pain is mine
 
Some give their lives for others
In their own way
And live forever
 
Look at me Mama
I am your child
For what your child died for
Will live in me forever
So they all live in me Mama
All those courageous children
And I am not alone Mama
We are all your children
 
As you dry your tears
Gripped by grief
Your legs feeling numb and heavy
Trying to make sense out of the senseless
Seek consolation in us
We who will carry your child in us
Until we take our last breath
 
No they did not die in vain!
For what they died for
Cannot be killed Mama
Justice must come
Freedom must come
A new Gambia will be born
It’s only a matter of time
By Alpha Robinson
 
May their souls continue to rest in eternal bliss.

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Go' Bama

He may be a newbie and he is obviously not perfect, but, so far he and his campaign executed well. He is clearly doing a good job of turning enthusiasm into tangible campaign support.

WHOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!! $25 million dollars . IT'S ON. IT'S SO ON!

Obama, we got your back baby. We got you. There's PLENTY more where that came from.

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This is what a dictatorship looks like

The gambian online community has been swirling with indignation at the arrest and detention of Washington based former Observer reporter Fatou Jaw manneh. She was arrested on her arrival at Banjul international airport sometime last week and today we learn from the point that she has been arraigned and charged with insulting the president. Here is what the point has on the incident:

Fatou Jaw Manneh was yesterday arraigned before Magistrate Pa Harry Jammeh of the Kanifing court, charged with ‘indictious offence.’

In her reaction to the charge, the accused told the court that she could not take her plea in the absence of her lawyer. The court thus granted her time to get the services of a lawyer.

The accused, arrested and detained on her arrival from the US, is said to have worked for many online newspapers in Washington, DC.

She is expected back in court today.

Meanwhile, this paper was reliably informed that family members of Ms. Manneh has been given access to her, and also providing food while in detention at the NIA since last Wednesday...thepoint

Since when did insulting the president become a crime? Only in a dictatorship do such things tantamount to a criminal case.


Update:

Thank God she has been release on bail. that is a start.

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