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Although they voiced their opposition to the video, the “Morning Joe” panel expressed that rap music, particularly Waka Flocka and the explicit lyrics and use of the N-word in his music, is to blame for the offensive clip and the resulting drama.

Needless to say, Black Twitter exploded and took the MSNBC hosts to task for their views. The social media backlash was acknowledged with the trending satirical hashtag #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery.

It’s one thing to sing a song that has the N-word in it. It’s another to proudly chant and sing along to a tune about lynching, killing and excluding blacks, who are clearly labeled as “n—ers.”

Realizing the damage done by what she said, “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski tried to make peace by appearing later on MSNBC to clarify her comments.

“The students in the video are responsible for their behavior. And as we said on our show this morning, they did it, and it’s beyond appalling,” Brzezinski said. “In no way is anybody else to blame for what they did on that bus,” she continued. “They are responsible and they made that choice.”

To see the “Morning Joe” hosts’ discussion on the SAE video, check out the video above.

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