Update: NABJ president's column
on free speech + responsibility

Via NABJ.org (posted today, 4.10.07)

Bryan Monroe, president of the National Association of Black Journalists (as well as a longtime Society for News Design member), penned a new column, released today, that continues to call for the removal, or resignation, of radio personality Don Imus in the wake of racially insensitive remarks.

It has been nearly a week since ten young women from Rutgers University, fresh from an admirable performance in the NCAA Women's Final Four Championship, suddenly had their efforts and their character dismissed and insulted by an intellectually lazy talk show host.

After taking two days to "understand" what he said and offer an initial two-line apology, veteran host Don Imus finally received a tepid slap on the wrist, being suspended by NBC and CBS for two weeks for calling 18- and 19-year-old women "nappy headed hos."

We think this is good first step by NBC and CBS. Now it is time for them to finish the job. What Mr. Imus said about these young women was so hurtful and so vicious, we still believe it is time for him to go.

Read the full column here.

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