‘Lessons Learned After Imus’

By Aysha Hussain on DiversityInc.com

Now that the 10-day Don Imus controversy has come to an end, and the Rutgers University’s women’s basketball team has forgiven him for his remarks, many are wondering who will replace Imus and who will be next to get the ax? What does this controversy that has captured the attention of most of the country say about free speech, our ability to forgive, and the future of other commentators?

The Imus scandal has triggered a growing debate about freedom of expression and forgiveness. After a week of apologies and a face-to-face meeting last night, Rutgers’ women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer said the team accepts Imus’ apology. Stringer said although she still finds Imus’ statements unacceptable, she hopes the incident will help to bring about a change in society in how we treat one another.

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