Two students from the fraternity SAE at the University of Oklahoma have been expelled for a video that shows them doing an “inappropriate” chant. The chapter of SAE is also closing and all the members have been suspended. The chant goes like this: “”There will never be a n***** in SAE. There will never be a n***** in SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me. There will never be a n***** in SAE.” Yeah, you can call it inappropriate. You could also call it racist.
Naturally, some people always find a way take the heat off of the young white men. We wouldn’t want to blame them for the words coming out of their mouths. I’m sure they all accidentally and spontaneously blurted out those racist words. It couldn’t be that the chant had been developed, taught, and memorized enough for a whole bus to participate.
No, you know what’s to blame? Rap music. Or hip hop. They’re interchangeable, really. MSNBC’s Morning Joe made the interesting point of “Yeah…but rap music”. They started this astute observation when they mentioned that the rapper Waka Flocka Flame cancelled a concert with the university after hearing about the video. Mr. Flame had previously performed for the frat and was upset by their actions: “I really felt like I was down with the fraternity, like I was SAE. You couldn’t tell me no different. So for me to see that video, I was like, damn, that’s what y’all do behind closed doors? That disgusted me.”
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski commented on Flame’s apparent hypocrisy: “I look at his lyrics, and I’m thinking, why wouldn’t you ask this guy, why would you go on this campus, and if you look at every single song I guess he’s written, it’s a bunch of garbage. 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. That’s all I have to say.” The show’s Joe Scarborough also said that white kids hear gangster rap, whose songs are full of the N word, so Waka Flocka Flame shouldn’t be shocked.
Yes, rappers like Waka Flocka Flame are the reason why people say the N word. As we know, they invented the word. Brzezinski and Scarborough conveniently brush off the mention of lynching, hanging and horrifying discrimination in the chant. I’m sure rap music invented those things, too. The white people of Oklahoma wouldn’t have known anything of black oppression until all those black people came along and rapped about it.
I feel like they were trying to start a “Was it the chicken or the egg?” argument. Like, does the influence of rap make society say racial slurs, or did society influence rap to say racial slurs? This would a compelling question to debate if there was no such thing as a history book.
Another completely unexpected reason why these frat bros were racist is Dan Savage. What? You don’t see the connection between openly-gay activist/journalist and a bunch of racist frat boys? Radio show Washington Watch interviewed Family Research Council’s Ken Blackwell, who explained his theory perfectly. He said that Savage, who he called a “nemeses”, is at fault for having a sitcom based on his family life after coming out the closet.
Blackwell has connected these crazy dots by saying: “You know, here’s a guy that’s responsible for the coarsening of civil discussion and conversation being celebrated, at a time when there are knuckleheads who are still spewing from their lips the sort of nonsense that we’ve heard from these fraternity members.” So Dan Savage has distracted society with his gayness to the point that we can’t focus on progressing with race issues?
What do you think will be the new group to blame? Latinos? Women? Babies?! Feel free to take a guess, as long as your answer isn’t the SAE.