Old White People Wrong Yet Again

« March 2015  

Memo to Morning Joe and white racists in general. COME ON.

So in the latest SAE-related bullshit, a bunch of people havee been blaming rap music by black people for racist frat boys. Thiis is based entirely on the use of the n-word, a word white racists deeply resent black people for being able to use without consequence, on account of it not being racist for the most part when black people do it.

We've been over this before, of course. History. Context. Intent. None of these people, for example, have problems disambiguating the sentence "I am going to fuck you" based on context and intent. They don't go through their lives equating propositions and threats just because they use the same words. Yet, for some reason, when racial slurs get involved, this ability MAGICALLY DISAPPEARS.

Larry Wilmore covered this a couple of days ago, which is disappointing for my reputation for originality and insight, but I'm glad he did, because someone with a bigger audience than me needed to say it.

If, instead of a chant laden with n-bombs, the fraternity had issued a formal public statement to the effect that, while they respect the African-American community, they would rather see members of it murdered in a horrible fashion than allow them into their fraternal organization, it would be just as racist as the chant was. The n-word doesn't make it worse, it just makes it more obvious.

On a related note, the purported "racist" video by the SAE house mother. And again, I'm following Wilmore on this, but I promise I thought the same thing. She was singing a rap song. Quoting. Now, sure, there's a bit of societal racism in the fact that we think old white women singing rap songs is hi-larious, but it doesn't come from the same place as the bus chant. Even though they use the same slur.

But let's go one step further and look at the pseudo-hedge Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski said after their collective stupidity blew up on the Internet. Basically, she tried to pretend that while clearly rap lyrics weren't responsible for Oklahoma racism (even though they totally said they were), there was still "an important conversation" to have about hip-hop lyrics.

Nope. No, there isn't. I've lived through decades of "important conversations" about hip-hop lyrics and before that, another decade of "important conversations" about heavy metal lyrics because all the old white people hadn't heard hip-hop yet. And you know what all those Important Conversations had in common? They weren't important, and they weren't conversations. They were meaningless condescension from people who can't manage to contextualize entertainment because of calcified brains.

Just stop already. You're not helping.

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