I guess it's much better to eliminate poor communication skills and a bad attitude from reaching people than it is to provide tangible help to the needy.
Seriously, if nobody made a big deal out of this, nobody would know it, especially not the basketball team. How many people actually knew who Imus was before all of this? I'm not defending what he said, I thought it was a little shady and not funny. But rather than taking his entire career, both good and bad, and weighing them, he has to get fired because he said something racist. He's a comedian, and comedians consistently make racist comments and get lots of laughs from all races alike. Imus missed the mark on that one. He was intending to call them "tough", and chose some poor wording...
I heard a commentary from a journalist today on the Today show who said that Sharpton and Jackson are actually doing these girls a disservice by making them out to be victims. They are giving Imus the power to ruin these girls' basketball season and permanently scar their lives. It is Sharpton and Jackson who have given Imus the ability to do this, whereas without them these girls would probably just write him off as another ****** shock jock. (IF they would have even heard about it at all, which is doubtful)
Way to go, guys. That's real progression. All we need is more "victims" in society instead of people able to withstand the storm.