Jon Stewart Lambasts Morning Joe, Fox for Deflective Claims About Racism After OU Frat
Published on 11 Mar 2015
On Wednesday night, Jon Stewart took on the story of the expulsion of two University of Oklahoma students over a racist chant that gained national attention and caused the OU chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity to be shut down.
In particular, Stewart said, it is troubling that the incident coincided with last weekend’s 50th anniversary celebration in Selma, Alabama. He quickly went after the Morning Joe crew for their suggestion that rap music was to blame for the racist chant (which co-host Mika Brzezinski later clarified). Stewart said the students weren’t performing a rap song, but were instead singing a fraternity song “featuring a word that pre-dates rap.”
He then showed various Fox News personalities denying that racism is still prevalent in American society — a similar claim Rachel Maddow mocked Megyn Kelly for. Stewart contrasted those comments with the Department of Justice’s Ferguson report, and racially-charged comments made by Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy. Conservative media’s mantra, Stewart said, is “generalizing isolated incidents.”
“I guess in Fox world, poverty is a choice, but being racist is a product of your environment,” Stewart said.