Black Twitter is going off about the ridiculous comments made on Morning Joe yesterday blaming the racist chants caught on video by two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma on rap music. Yes, the historically challenged team had the nerve to lay the racist incident at the feet of black rappers instead of a history of racism and ethnocentrism in this country and its institutions.
I’m still trying to figure out why folks are surprised that fraternities that excluded blacks, Jews and many other ethnic and religious groups, that were founded at institutions that — wait for it — excluded blacks, Jews and many other ethnic and religious groups, would have chants, policies and “understandings” about who is able to become a member. Color me crazy, but it makes perfect sense especially since 2015 has been looking a lot like 1815 in the U.S. as of late.
Instead of interrogating the history behind these institutions and practices, MSNBC‘s version of Joey Badass and crew fronted on the black man. Novel. Perhaps they took springing forward too literally when offering this anachronistic excuse for the piss poor behavior of young men that should know and do better.
Check out Black Twitter‘s response to the shenanigans that keep coming from this band of brother haters below:
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This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news site the Burton Wire. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.