Jon Stewart Schools Racist Sympathizers & Deniers

A video surfaced this week showing an Oklahoma fraternity orchestrating a racist chant on their bus.  The dishonorable bros of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat boasted their white supremacy with this chant:

“There will never be a n***** in SAE.
There will never be a n***** in SAE.
You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me
There will never be a n***** in SAE.”

As if frat bros haven’t been getting a bad enough rap already; first rapists, now racists.

Thankfully, the two chant leaders were quickly expelled by the university and the frat has been shut down after a powerful scolding by the University President.  If these guys weren’t kicked out they might have been beaten to a pulp by an Oklahoma linebacker who had a furious video response to the racist chant.  The sad part, as Stewart points out, is the linebacker actually apologized for his response to the racist chant before anyone at SAE had apologized for the racist chant itself.

The two expelled SAE bros did eventually issue an apology and claimed to have learned a valuable lesson.  Within one guy’s statement, his mother added that “while it may be difficult for those who only know Levi from the video to understand, we know his heart, and he is not a racist.”  Well if this is true then I sure would hate to hear what a “real” racist would say.

But even if we did give Levi’s mother the benefit of the doubt, this would be a perfect example of how racism can still exist without racists.  If the bros leading & participating in this shameful racist chant were somehow not racists themselves, that would only prove how deeply ingrained racism still is in our country.  For more on this reality, check out my post “The Evolution of Racism.”

On last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart calls out racist sympathizers in the media who have blamed this chant on everything except for racism, including rap music (or as Stewart jokes, “the irresistible hippity-hoppity”).  From reactions to Donald Sterling to the Ferguson PD’s racist emails and policing, Stewart mocks the constant denial of racism from talking heads in the media.  For these deniers who claim that we live in a post racial society, every instance of racism is presented as “an unending series of isolated events.”  Watch the video in the link below.

The Brotherhood of the Traveling Chants & To Catch a Prejudice

Ian is the Campaign Manager for Evolve California and a Delegate to the California Democratic Party. | Twitter: @thekdfrmturlock | facebook.com/ian.fregosi

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