MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The outrage sparked by radio talk show host Don Imus presents an opportunity to educate the community about what is acceptable, the president of a newly formed Eastern Panhandle chapter of the world's largest African-American Greek-lettered organization said Saturday.
"It's a teaching experience for us as a whole," said Carla L. Hunter, president of the Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. It is an organization of college-educated women committed to the betterment of the community.
"We need to band together and educate," said Hunter, who is the dean of counseling at Jefferson High School.
Hunter's sentiments shared prior to the chapter's chartering banquet at the Holiday Inn were expounded upon by Phyllis H. Carter, the state coordinator of the West Virginia chapters of the sorority. Carter is the chief administrative law judge of the West Virginia Human Rights Commission.
Carter said Imus' remarks were denigrating to all women, not just African-Americans, and noted that the sexist portrayal of women and racial slurs in song lyrics should not be tolerated.