During that media rant, I never once heard anyone blame Eminmen (a white rapper) for his homophobic lyrics, as if to say, "Eminem disparages homosexuals, why can't Washington?"
Even if you don't like my analogy, the bottom line is this: Imus' remarks have absolutely nothing to do with entertainment, or in this case rap music. I fail to see the correlation.
There's a country song called "Redneck Woman" in which Gretchen Wilson sings about the pride of being a "redneck." Now, if the tables were turned and a black person referred to her as a redneck in a derogatory way, I'm sure she would see the difference.
Along those same lines, when someone makes racists statements, it is not OK to play the "well black people use it in their music" or the "black people call themselves that" card. That doesn't make it right and has absolutely nothing to do with the point.
I'd say it's racists to even insinuate that there is a correlation.
This Imus remark, to me, should never have been a huge story. He's a radio host, not an elected official.
I think there are far more important stories.