There has been a lot of controversy surrounding a chant that was sung by the SAE fraternity boys at the University of Oklahoma, but it was MSNBC’s Morning Joe‘s insinuation that rap music is to blame for it that has really riled up Jon Stewart.
Speaking during Wednesday’s episode of The Daily Show, Stewart let his opinions be known with two very valid points.
“Two things,” Stewart began. “One, the kids on that bus were not repeating a rap song that they had heard. They were gleefully performing one of their fraternity’s old, let’s call them anti-Negro spirituals, featuring a word that predates rap and probably folk and thought. Black rappers did not introduce that word into the vernacular.”
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“And second of all,” Stewart continued, “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, ‘What you can’t blame them, how could those poor children know wrong from right after they’ve been driven to madness by the irresistible hippity-hoppity?'”
Stewart then took aim at conservative media outlets that often treat incidents such as this one as “an unending series of isolated events,” even though there has been a string of very public racist incidents over recent years.
Watch the entire segment below.