Black Twitter Goes In On “Morning Joe” Hosts For Blaming Hip Hop For Racist SAE Chant
You know how it is, whenever White kids–or White people are caught acting a fool, there is always some type of ridiculous rationalization. And sometimes–most times– when White people are caught oppressing Black folks, they try to blame their morally bereft actions on the very people they’ve oppressed.
See Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin being responsible for their own deaths; and now, Hip Hop artists being held responsible for the racist chant performed by a predominately White fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Oklahoma.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Earlier this week, we reported that Waka Flocka decided to cancel his performance at the university, after having already performed for the fraternity before. Many of us respected his decision but the anchors of the MSNBC show, “Morning Joe,” didn’t see things the same way. In fact, they thought his decision to cancel the performance was hypocritical.
It was Mika Brzezinski who said:
“If you look at every single song– I guess you call these–that he [Waka Flocka]’s written, it’s a bunch of garbage, full of n-words, full of f-bombs. It’s wrong and he shouldn’t be disgusted with them, he should be disgusted with himself.”
He shouldn’t be disgusted with them?
And the man for whom the show is named, Joe Scarborough, cosigned.
Aaahh we recognize this trope by now don’t we? White people use the n-word and get in trouble and immediately other White people remind us how often the word is used in Hip Hop and how our use of the n-word someone makes their use of it acceptable or understandable.
We can argue all day about whether Black should be able to use the word. But I don’t know why there is ever a discussion about White people doing it. Just don’t. Done. It’s the equivalent of you going home and trying to convince your mom that you should be able to participate in some dangerous activity just because your friend Keisha, does it. Well you can’t do everything Keisha does. Y’all have different mothers and in this context completely different experiences in the world that should forbid you from using the word comfortably.
Leave it alone.
Furthermore, let’s not pretend that this SAE chant is one that was just penned after the emergence of Hip Hop. Judging by the lynching reference and the fact that SAE was founded, has been predominately White and southern in nature since 1856, I’d be willing to argue that this is not a new song. Plus this doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that this is not the first time a racial incident from the fraternity has made national attention.
The first documented incident, you know when the general population started regarding racism as wrong, was in 1982, four years before Waka Flocka was even born, more less making music.
So MSNBC can miss all of us with that weak argument. I don’t even have to expound on the fact that Waka’s use of the n-word is drastically different from the members of SAE talking about stringing Black people up from trees.
Just stop it.
Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one who smelled this bull. And Black Twitter came to the rescue once again with a hashtag showing just how ridiculous the “Morning Joe” anchors were in their thinking.
Check out the best tweets from the #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery hashtag.