MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts defended Sigma Alpha Epsilon for their racist chant on their Wednesday show, suggesting the students were influenced by rap lyrics.
Hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough specifically placed the blame on hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame who had performed in the past at the fraternity and recently pulled out of a scheduled performance after the video of the chant was made public.
“If you look at every single song — I guess you call these — that he’s written, it’s a bunch of garbage,” Brzezinski, said. “It’s full of N words, it’s full of F words. It’s wrong. And he shouldn’t be disgusted with [the students], he should be disgusted with himself.”
Twitter took to retaliate "Morning Joe"'s comments with the hashtag #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery that is now a trending topic on the site.
#RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery "Straight Out Of Cotton"— Isaiah Smallwood (@IsaiahSOfficial) March 11, 2015
C.R.E.A.M. (Caucasians Rule Everything Around Me) #rapalbumsthatcausedslavery— yah hello (@yahhello1) March 11, 2015
Blaming Rap for racism is like blaming sunglasses for sunlight. #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery— Julian Hipkins, III (@JulianHipkins) March 11, 2015
Thankfully, MSNBC Willie Geist tried to set "Morning Joe" straight by pointing out there is a major difference between rappers using the N word and white students (or for that matter, 78-year-old house mothers).
“There is a distinction between a bunch of white kids chanting about hanging someone from a tree using that term and Waka Flocka Flame using it,” Geist said.
Jon Stewart also offered his commentary on the media's treatment of this racist frat scandal.
He rightly points out that 1) the frat boys were not repeating rap lyrics but rather their fraternity's rush song and 2) conservative media's downright hypocrisy.
While it is never okay to make racist remarks, many white people remain clueless and confused about using the N word. African-Americans have reclaimed the word as a form of camaraderie so white people assume it is okay. Yet the oppressive history that falls on white shoulders where our ancestors routinely beat blacks and invented the word as a form of oppression ultimately means we, indeed, lost that privilege.