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Das Racist Goes After Sasha Frere-Jones For Being White ‘N’ Educated

This is surreal: Das Racist are sorta-kinda-but-not-really calling Sasha Frere-Jones a racist for saying what's what about the death of rap.

Here's Victor Vazquez, one half of Das Racist, taking SFJ to task:

SFJ is savvy enough to know that before pulling a “white man speaks authoritatively on black culture” move, he needs to first establish an acceptable precedent for his argument by locating it in the ideology of a credible black artist (in this case Nas’s 2006 album Hip Hop is Dead). But notice how SFJ then immediately undermines that credibility: while he could just say “Nas called it three years ago,” he instead claims that while Nas’s sentiment was correct, the proclamation was three years premature, as if to say “Nice try, Nas, but leave it to the professional (white, college-educated) music journalist to make sweeping statements about (black, ghetto-originated) music.”

That last line is hilarious, as both members of Das Racist went to Wesleyan University–not exactly a black or brown school.

But what would I know: I'm just another "(white) internet commenter," who listens to too much white rap and can't get it up when a post-colonial jerk-off session comes calling.

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  • Ambivalent Ricky

    They're not calling him racist. They're calling him presumptuous and self-aggrandizing, and I'm pretty sure they're allowed to do that even if they didn't go to a black college or even a brown college.

  • Mike Myers

    Oh fuck you. Going to Wesleyan doesn't make you a white person. Like that's a trump card. You asshole.

  • victor

    shut up dude

  • brian

    Damned if you didn't go to college; damned if you do. What's a minority to do?

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