Is this even possible? I was told that with 99.9999% certainty that it would be OK for me to return to my television today, as little Dannielynn finally found the milestone she’s been crawling toward throughout her long and ill-rewarded life of almost seven months. Good for you, Dannielynn, and we’ll keep rooting for you, as, with God’s Grace, there will be plenty more, though hopes for more pleasure.

But, back to my television, my turn, almost. You see, evenings are usually TV time for me, a happy time to kick back and veg for a while, right after I’ve fed the dog, which used to be a happy time for him as well. Dogs are funny about certain sounds like the noise of the UPS truck or the difference between the front and rear door bells. My dog knows it’s time for dinner when he hears the “grrr” of the kitchen can opener. Once appreciative of the signal, thanks to recent poisonings of his buds as seen on TV, I can pretty much count on him running from the house and taking his meals where I’m not sure. He’ll come back.

Anyhow, lucky Larry wins Survivor, is to be united with Dannielynn, and was last sighted in a hurry to leave the Bahamas to get back to California to buy some baby stuff. Dood, believe me, you have time, and were I you, I’d be thinking First Grade. So, in anticipation of hearing the PS guy say, “we now return you to..,” that’s right, the “Nappy Headed ‘HOS'” thing crept in. Since Don Imus has offended enough and now owns that line, I’m going with “Naphar-Gate.” If you are a Sci-Fi fan, you’ll remember the 1984 novel with the title; Quarreling, They Met The Dragon, by Sharon Baker, part one of her trilogy. Sharon’s not with us anymore, so posthumous apologies, but I recall the story is set on the planet Naphar and the young people are raised as slaves to be sacrificed – eaten, and one slave-boy, naive with “golden-curly” hair is tricked by the wise Scribe, and his struggle for survival and the fight for his peers, is the focus of the tale. Far-fetched plot, but this is only Sci-Fi. You have to wait a while, and don’t get to know the outcome until book three.

Now, if you were alive 142 years ago, this week, you would recall that the Civil War for some, or the War Between the States for others, ended with General Lee signing surrender to General Grant in 1865 at Appomattox, which is in Virginia, not North Carolina, as was reported by CNN’s Shepard Smith. No worries, Shepard, hey, you get an ‘A’ for reporting while your peers did not. (It was so long ago) Some will say the War didn’t end until the following May, and while there was some “clean-up” fighting, signing a surrender is good enough for me. This week in history, Grant and Lee spent most of their time bantering pros and cons, right and wrong among each other. Their letters are a great study in Blind Man’s Bluff. (Sounds familiar today) Good and bad came out of that war, but to me, the best, although a long time in the making, was the Thirteenth Amendment to our Constitution; The Abolition of Slavery. Want to guess what prevails, finally, in Sharon’s story?

So here we are, stuck in “Naphar-Gate.” Don Imus made an off-color remark, realized it, and apologized. He sounds sincere to me. This does not appear satisfactory to Rev. Al Sharpton, and the shift goes strangely stage right, to The First Amendment; mostly Freedom of Speech, as it pertains to “Federally regulated air-waves.” I agree with Don – what he said was wrong. Don’s said a bunch I’m sure he regrets, and I’m reminded of a few; Maya Angelou, Robert Frank, Gwen Hill, and most of the Arab world. But Al, you’re no stranger to “hoof-in-mouth,” and I recall the little Tawana Brawley thing, the Crown Heights Riots, and the LoanMax scam. Not one of either hot potato in this paragraph is a Freedom of Speech issue.

But then, neither is “Naphar-Gate.” OK, if Don’s statements were perceived as “racial,” well, your call, that is your protected right, but I’m not buying Don’s ill-formed words and metathesis as intent. There is a minute minority of fringe out there that would like to see us return to pre-Thirteenth Amendment days, but come on; Don Imus? If you haven’t read Sharon’s above books, I’ll tell you the kids did triumph over oppression, notwithstanding the Scribe’s attempts to lure them back in, as “a good thing,” That would indeed be a Thirteenth Amendment problem, but not the First. Conversely, the kids in the book weren’t running around goading for a little oppression to charge the scene, and I do not believe the young ladies on the Rutger’s team are either. We all have better opportunities. Far-fetched, perhaps, but it is indeed the other side of the discussion, and part of the book. You see, the book children were “raised” as slaves. I believe Vivian Stringer, the eloquent Rutgers Coach got it right in saying, “It’s not about black people, white people, purple people or nappy hair, it’s about us, as a people.” Yeah, we could all stand a good dose of civility from time to time.

You know, a lot of us are happy with what we are. You may not know this, but there is a Yahoo Discussion Group, of which I am a member, and goes by the name “Nappy Hair -A NappyHair Affair.” The group is in the Afro-Caribbean Category to Health, was founded November 1, 2001, and to date, totals 4,074 members, who exchange ideas, fellowship, links, break bread, and make money together. The group describes itself as;

“Taking the negativity out of nappy and celebrating our natural selves! A Nappy Hair Affair is an organization that celebrates the unique qualities and characteristics of people of African descent. We promote a positive image and self concept through support, affirmation and education. We are the voice of support for those contemplating crossing over to the natural path and for those who have already arrived.”

To the best of my knowledge, the group welcomes all, and no one has hit me up for dues. Interestingly, there is only one comment posted to the group stating negativity over the Imus affair and calling for his “head,” a “petition” written by the leader of the Civil Liberties Group at About.Com, which I note is an interest of The New York Times Company. I do not know if the writer is a member of a NappyHair, and frankly, do not care.