These are the questions that arise to me in this whole situation:
1. Where were the "anti-racism activists" like Sharpton et all for all these years when Imus was saying far worse things about Arabs, Jews, etc? And how come they haven't come out and apologized for wrecking the lives and careers of the people who they've falsely accused of racial misdoings in the past? Perhaps they should lose their positions too.
2. Imus' comments were meant as a joke. And yes, they were definitely in bad taste. But how come comedians like Chris Rock can use the same language and terms, and get huge laughs and no complaints. Nobody's ever called for the TV networks to remove their shows. And don't give me the BS argument about it being okay because they're talking about their own, because plenty of them break out the "cracker" jokes all the time and never hear a word about it. And believe it or not, that's a racial slur too.
3. The rap argument has already been brought up, but those downplaying it are forgetting a few things. The first is that the rappers have far more mediums to go through with their messages, and are far wider spread then Imus' radio show. The other is that the same conglomorates which own the radio stations are also the owners of many of the major record labels. So the argument to get rid of the rappers is completely justified.
4. I have a hard time believing that the outcry by Sharpton and the rest would exist if either a) the comments were made by a black radio personality AND/OR b) the members of the Rutgers women's basketball team was predominantely caucasian.
Like someone said before, it's all about the money. The advertisers started to go away so the radio station dropped him. The rappers are still going to be allowed to do it because they bring in the cash. It's a terrible double-standard.