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WATCH: Jon Stewart Destroys 'Morning Joe' and Fox for Blaming Racism on Rap

March 12, 2015 in Blogs

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

“In Fox world, poverty is a choice, but being racist is a product of your environment.”

Daily Show host Jon Stewart railed about MSNBC‘s Morning Joe's absurd claim that rap music is to blame for white people being racist. “How f*cked up is that?” Stewart asked after a long segment on racism and the way it is covered on Fox, “Morning Joe,” and other conservative media outlets.

The latest flare-up of pernicious racism caught on video was Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members from the University of Oklahoma fraternity gleefully chanting a racist song laced with plenty of offensive slurs.

But this was not their fault, William Kristol absurdly argued on “Morning Joe.” It's rap music. “Popular culture is a cesspool,” Kristol said. How can you blame those nice white people for just repeating what they hear?

“Two things: first of all, the kids on that bus weren’t repeating a rap song that they had heard,” Stewart said. “They were gleefully performing one of their fraternity’s old, let’s call them anti-Negro spirituals, featuring a word that pre-dates rap. And probably folk. And thought. Black rappers did not introduce that word into the vernacular. And second of all, how come when conservatives talk about African-Americans, they say ‘These people need to take responsibility for themselves, pull up those pants, get a job.’ But when white people do something racist, they’re all, ‘You can’t blame them. How can those poor children know wrong from right, after being driven to madness by the irresistible power of the hippity-hoppity?’” 

Stewart then turned to the way Fox News and other conservatives treat racism as an “unending series of isolated events,” rather than acknowledge that it is pervasive and systemic. Even the thoroughly damning Department of Justice report on the racist practices of the Ferguson police report gets downplayed.





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