Daily Show host Jon Stewart rebuked the crew of MSNBC‘s Morning Joe on Wednesday for trying to say they weren’t 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.
Stewart also slammed Fox News and other conservatives for treating Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s open use of anti-black slurs as just one an “unending series of isolated events,” instead of part of the country’s systemic problems regarding race.
“Rather than face the lingering reality of prejudice in this country, each incident — even the Department of Justice’s Ferguson report, as comprehensive a catalog of race-based predation as anyone’s gonna find — is an invitation to bend over backwards to negate the role of race,” he said, showing footage of Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens frame Ferguson police’s targeting of black residents as an issue with government overreach, rather than race-based harassment.
Conversely, he argued, Fox will take any opportunity to depict one individual person cheating on food benefits or one parade renaming itself as part of a national assault on Christianity and the country.
“I guess in Fox world, poverty is a choice, but being racist is a product of your environment,” he said.
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Wednesday, below.