Morning Joe’s response to the University of Oklahoma’s racist fraternity chant was outright cowardly. They went viral – and for all the wrong reasons. The unfortunate part of this debacle is that Morning Joe anchors Mika Brezinski and Joe Scarborough brought up a topic that is worth a conversation. However, they did this in the most ignorant way possible.
Not to go completely intellectual on you America, but “to understand all is to forgive all,” a famous French proverb and quote from Tolstoy’s War and Peace. That to me is the greatest flaw in these two news anchors thought process. Whether you are for or against the use of the “N” word, the current social position is that it is a word that people of color use and rappers obviously use in excess: not old, white fraternity house moms, and certainly not frat boys.
It is irrelevant how many “N” words Trinidad James repeats in “All Gold Everything.” This logic that blames Waka Flocka Flame for racism is the same logic that blamed the Columbine shootings on Marilyn Manson and Eminem. It was not their fault. This is a societal issue that needs to be faced head on, not by playing a media game of hide and seek.
I say shame on you, Mika Brezinski and Joe Scarborough, for furthering flawed logic and being unwilling to apologize or have a real conversation on the topic. On the other hand, I applaud the University of Oklahoma in their straightforward and speedy response to these misguided young adults. I grew up in the south (though admittedly South Florida, so not the “true” south) and this “under the mattress” racism never ceases to shock me anymore. My hope is that at least for a few of these students will learn to change their behavior and continue their education, following a different set of values and ideals. And it looks like it might be working, today two of the SAE brothers apologized maybe they have learned from their mistake – maybe not. As I return to Washington, D.C. from the anniversary of the Selma march, I continue with the hope, energy, and enthusiasm to create the America that Dr. King envisioned and that heroes like Bayard Rustin fought for.
Richard Fowler is the youngest syndicated progressive and/or African-American radio host in the United States.
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