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'Morning Joe': SAE Fraternity Slurs Echo Rap Song Lyrics

By    |   Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 06:41 AM

Pundits on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show blamed rap song lyrics for the slur-filled chants by members of the University of Oklahoma fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon that made national headlines.

The conversation about the connection between the fraternity's chants and rap music came up on "Morning Joe" on Wednesday during a discussion about rapper Waka Flocka Flame's announcement that he would not perform for the fraternity because of a video that sparked protests on campus and caused the fraternity to be banned on the campus in Norman, Oklahoma, according to Mediaite.com.

The video posted on the Internet showed fraternity members singing racial slurs, making references to lynching and saying that blacks would never be admitted to the fraternity, according to USA Today.

"If you look at every single song, I guess you call these, that he's written, it's a bunch of garbage," said co-host Mika 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."

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and MSNBC co-host Joe Scarborough joined in, according to Mediaite, saying that the kids are often parroting what they hear in the rap songs.

"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," said Kristol.

Scarborough added, "The kids that are buying hip hop or gangster rap, it's a white audience, and they hear this over and over again. 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."

The comments drew fire from other commentators and the media throughout the day.

"One can forgive three middle-to-older–aged white people for not demonstrating a nuanced understanding of rap music and youth culture," wrote Kia Makarechi, of Vanity Fair. "But it remains upsetting that they can't see the difference between a black artist using the n-word in a song and young white men chanting about lynching black people while having a grand old time on a party bus."

"This is not a debate about whether it's O.K. for white people to say the n-word as they rap along to or recite lyrics from a song. As far as I'm aware, Waka Flocka Flame doesn't rap about hanging black people from trees," wrote Makarechi.

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Pundits on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show blamed rap song lyrics for the slur-filled chants by members of the University of Oklahoma fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon that made national headlines.
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