“There will never be a ni**** SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me. There will never be a ni**** SAE.” – Chant from University of Oklahoma’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon
IS THERE something in the water at MSNBC that makes people stupid? A gaggle of white talking heads explaining why black rapper Waka Flocka Flame is responsible for the racist chant at the University of Oklahoma’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon should send of alarm bells before the segment starts.
““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.” – Mika Brzezinski slamming Waka Flocka Flame
The Atlantic explains why Morning Joe, with respect to Willie Geist who tried to help his colleagues, is so clueless.
On Wednesday, she, Joe Scarborough, and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol embarked on a discussion of the controversy at the University of Oklahoma’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which my colleague Terrance Ross explains here. And despite the fact that members of the fraternity—whose house has been closed, and two of whose members were expelled—were singing things like “There will never be a nigger in SAE!/You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me,” Brzezinski et al., have identified the Real Racists in this case.
They are, of course, black rappers.
Let us turn to Chris Rock’s rule on white people and the “n” word.
What are the rules when a Dr. Dre song comes on the radio or plays at a club? What is the procedure that goes into effect? ‘Cause sometimes I’m with my white friends and a Dr. Dre song will come on, and there’s a lot of “nigga”s in a Dr. Dre song. And they want to enjoy it, but they can’t really enjoy it around me. They start taking out the “nigga”s, or mumbling the “nigga”s, and it’s just a sad sight to see. I know when I’m not there, they lean into that shit. “He’s not here! Turn it up!”
As The Atlantic rightly assesses Rock’s rule, if you’re white and want to use the “n” word, the only time you can is in a song. Let me add that it’s okay to enjoy a great rap song, even if the lyrics make you look over your shoulder for fear of what that might mean to another white person looking in. Don’t worry about the brothers and sisters, black people get it.
Ms. Brzezinski simply doesn’t understand the cultural concept of white Oklahoma frat boys squealing the “n” word in a sentence that announces they won’t be allowed in their fraternity, but they also need to be lynched, versus a rapper using the “n” word and other culturally identifiable expletives in a song.
Mika Brzezinski is a scold out of the June Clever era, and I respect her work, especially for women’s equality and helping women respect their own worth. But she’s woefully underdeveloped on cultural topics, which she seems to always view from a moral throne.
Joe Scarborough is even worse. As he nodded when Willie Geist explained why black rappers can use the “n” word, but white frat boys revealing their racism better not, Scarborough then went right ahead and agreed with Brzezinski that it’s the black rappers’ racism that made Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Oklahoma chapter do it.
Nothing ever sinks in on the set of “Morning Joe,” until the criticism starts flying and they have to revisit yet another train wreck on the set of a show that’s hemorrhaging relevancy.
The University of Oklahoma fraternity linked to video showing students singing a racist song has been shut down and its house vacated, school officials said on Wednesday. The university has expelled two students who were leading the song and closed the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, with university President David Boren saying the school would have zero tolerance for racism. [Raw Story]
This post has been updated.