The Rutgers University ladies’ basketball team has accepted Don Imus’s apology, AP reports.
Coach Vivian Stringer read from a prepared statement, and after noting the team’s acceptance of Imus’s apology, said that they are "in the process of forgiving."
Stinger went on to reiterate her and her team’s original complaint. "We still find his statements to be unacceptable, and this is an experience that we will never forget," she said.
She then expressed why this thing had become so intensely important to the mainstream media: "These comments are indicative of greater ills in our culture. It is not just Mr. Imus, and we hope that this will be and serve as a catalyst for change. Let us continue to work hard together to make this world a better place."
As I noted earlier on this site, the reason Imus’s words drew such attention was the belief among the media and among all fashionable individuals that American society is rife with unabashed hatred of certain groups of people, and I don’t mean Christians or Republicans.
Stringer’s statement confirms and exemplifies this reality.
Finally, it is interesting that the team did not accept his apology until he was fired by both his radio and TV outlets. Apparently they had a good deal to think about before doing the right thing….