‘Morning Joe’ panelists blame SAE frat racism on rap music
Amid the fall out of the release of the video of University of Oklahoma’s chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon engaging in a racist chant, rapper Waka Flocka Flame canceled his upcoming repeat performance for the frat. While the consequences for the disturbing video pile up, one MSNBC panel is brave enough to stand up for a bunch of racist college kids and volley the blame for racism back onto black people.
In a spectacular display of shameless victim blaming, “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, along with guest Bill Kristol defended the kids and the frat’s house mom by claiming that the kids were only repeating what they heard via rap music. Right, because if there’s anything that hip-hop advocates, its chants advocating the hanging of a black person via lynch mob.
Despite the fact that Waka Flocka Flame canceled an appearance over being hurt and disgusted by the frat’s racist display, Brzezinski made the leap that the rapper himself is responsible for the kids’ behavior.
“I look at his lyrics, and I’m thinking, why wouldn’t you ask this guy, why would you go on this campus, and if you look at every single song I guess he’s written, it’s a bunch of garbage,” complained Brzezinski. “It’s full of n-words, it’s full of f-words. It’s wrong. And he shouldn’t be disgusted with them, he should be disgusted with himself. That’s all I have to say.”
Of course, Scarborough couldn’t be outdone when it comes to talking out of one’s ass, so he had to weigh in.
“Anybody who watches ‘Empire’ knows that 70 percent of the audience is white!” he said. “The kids that are buying hip hop or gangster rap as Mark [Halperin] wanted us to call it, it’s a white audience, and they hear this over and over again.”
Scarborough continued: “So do they hear this at home? Well, chances are good, no, they heard a lot of this from guys like this who are now acting shocked.”
Motherfucker, leave “Empire” out of this. Plus, the show is on network TV, so it’s not like anyone can even curse.
The Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol piggybacked with “popular culture becomes a cesspool, a lot corporations profit off of it, and then people are surprised that some drunk 19-year-old kids repeat what they’ve been hearing.” Right, because grown adult men are just parrots that repeat everything they hear without reason or filter.
The panel seems to think that rap music is the only place where anyone would ever hear the n-word. Unfortunately, Willie Geist had to be the voice of reason and point out what should have been obvious from the get-go.
“There is a distinction between a bunch of white kids chanting about hanging someone from a tree and using that word in a hateful way.” said Geist. “This is a term you hear in hip hop, that African American guys, in certain contexts, call each other. There’s a distinction.”
Given the fact that a group of white people are united by their confidence over blaming black people for their own oppression, it’s surprising that this exchange didn’t take place on Fox News considering that MSNBC’s competitor usually has the market cornered over defending racism.
[h/t Raw Story]