Atlanta rapper Trinidad James is the latest musician to weigh-in on the controversy surrounding a racist chant clip of University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon emerging online.
When asked for his take on the fraternity’s house mom, Beauton “Mom B” Gilbow, James explained why she deserved a semi-pass.
“I’m not going to be that person. It’s a rock and a hard place. I can’t be as upset at that lady. I’m upset at the fraternity because what they’re saying is a chant that’s just completely disrespectful to the black race. As far as that lady goes — man, that’s an old lady, man. Let that lady be.” (CNN)
Check out what else Trinidad said about the controversy on the next page…
James also talked about the thin line between using the N-word passively and in a racist manner.
“It’s hard to ridicule somebody for something that you continue to use in your music,” he said. “Every (hip-hop) artist is using the n-word in their music — hit records with the n-word in it. You can’t be upset when somebody says it. You can’t. It’s hard to differentiate when you can use it. If we don’t want the word used and the word holds such a negative connotation, then we shouldn’t use it at all, period.” (CNN)
Although disgusted after seeing the now-infamous racist chant footage this week, rapper Waka Flocka Flame said he was embraced during a performance for them last year.
“My initial reaction when I seen the video was, I was more hurt, more disgusted, because I knew those kids. I performed for those kids. They made me feel like a brother. Just to see what a person does behind closed doors is disgusting than hurt. I wasn’t angry. I was just disgusted. [Did I feel racism when I partied with them last year?] Not at all. I felt like I was part of the frat. I really felt like a frat boy when I was there, I really felt like I was down with the fraternity with SAE. I was SAE. You couldn’t tell me different.” (CNN)
Waka spoke out via a statement to defend ditching an April 25 concert at the University of Oklahoma this week.
“…All races partying, having a good time and enjoying themselves peacefully. That’s what Waka Flocka is all about. For that reason, I must say I’m disgusted and disappointed in the actions of the SAE fraternity at the University of Oklahoma and I will be cancelling my scheduled performance for them next month.” (Statement)