Stewart trashes MSNBC‘s Morning Joe on Wednesday for trying to say they were trying to blame rap music for the racist University of Oklahoma fraternity song caught on video.
“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?’”
While co-host Mika Brzezinski tried to argue otherwise following public criticism, Stewart showed footage of host Joe Scarborough and guest William Kristol complaining about rap music being sold to a “white audience” that, they argued, would invariably repeat what they heard.