DATELINE: ~ Does anyone feel any sympathy for Don Imus? His mistake has cost him a multimillion dollar career!
The Aborigine People in Australia have a beautiful melodic language. When the white men first started digging exploratory holes for opals, the Aborigine People were amused. They would walk up to the opening in the earth and point and declare with laughter: "Coober Pedy!" Translation: "White Man in a Hole!".
Ask any opal expert where the best opals on this earth are mined, and he or she will tell you, "Coober Pedy." Coober Pedy is a small town (population 3,500) in Australia's Outback which is now honeycombed with opal mines, and very few people outside of Australia are familiar with this etymology.
Don Imus is the Coober Pedy of 2007. He aggressively and promptly pursued every possible path to forgiveness and redemption -- but to no avail. The Reverend Al Sharpton was not receptive and the Rutgers Girls' Basketball Team members and coach were lukewarm. To borrow a phrase from John Ehrlichman's testimony before Congress during the Watergate hearings, Don Imus was left out there "twisting slowly in the wind."
One scholar offered this comment: "Most offensive, I thought, was the myriad apologies he had to deliver, looking for some way out but further damning himself with incredulity. He did offend people of conscience. However, he ought to stand by his biases and lapses in taste as what defines him -- for better or worse -- and let popularity take its course."
The possibility of reinventing himself -- making a comeback -- remains open. However, in this day and age of sensitivity, he must undergo a huge transformation. Indeed, Don Imus would require a credible sponsor of the magnitude of Bill Clinton or Jesse Jackson.
Surely a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his Imus Ranch charity or a Profiles In Courage citation from Caroline Kennedy would turn the tide for Don Imus. Don Imus and his wife could certainly achieve those goals with a prodigious effort over time.
At the Law Offices of Gary L. Wolfstone, we wish Mr. Imus success since his dedication to renewal would make the world a better place. A noble goal and a noble contribution await him and his beautiful family.
For now, Don Imus remains the Coober Pedy of 2007.