July 16, 2020

Nick Cannon Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Comments, Takes a Break from Radio, Let's Unpack

There are quite a few things to unpack here from over the last few days. This has been quite an entanglement. First let's unpack the apology. Here it is from Nick Cannon's Twitter account from yesterday and today. Nick continues to tweet out contrite messages of apology. He's also let his listeners know he is stepping away from his radio show. It has been announced that Nick Cannon will continue to host The Masked Singer on Fox following his apology.

This post has been updated on 7/17/20: Nick Cannon sends cryptic message on Social Media from "Heaven." Details at the bottom.

Original post below:

We only have space to address his anti-semitic comments and its impact. His comments about white people doesn't really seem to be an issue at the moment.

Unpack number 1: Sincere apology from Nick. Is it enough?

Unpack number 2: It appears Charlamagne Tha God is being dragged into the controversy because he defended some of what Nick Cannon said. 

“And if there’s one thing Jewish people has showed us, it’s they have the power, I can’t wait until the day black people are able to fire people for saying things about us that we deem racist. We can barely get cops fired for actually killing us!”

Unpack number 3: Don't underestimate the power of the word "some." No one person or group is ALL of anything.

Here's Russ Parr. Don't come after him or cancel Russ!

Russ did not address the anti-semitic comments, but the white people savage and evil comments. As we said earlier that seems to be a non-issue.

Unpack number 4: Coming to an understanding of the definition of the words "Semite" and "anti-semitism."

Here are the literal definition of these words in an American English dictionary:

Sem·​ite | \ ˈse-ˌmīt: a member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs

an·​ti-Sem·​i·​tism | \ ˌan-tē-ˈse-mə-ˌti-zəm: hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group

Not everyone can come to an understanding of the definition of these words. That's a problem.
A good discussion between Ebro and Rosenberg.

Unpack number 5: Based upon the above understanding, many in the Black community, take new knowledge and run with it 100% in an attempt to explain the horrors of the past and the undeserved treatment of Black people in this country for the past 400 years.

Here's a tweet from Al Butler, the former Black talk radio host at WURD and WHAT radio in Philadelphia. Butler is bi-racial, not that it should matter.

Point proven with Dwyane Wade who deleted a tweet in support of Nick Cannon.

Do we have to mention Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson or former NBA player Stephen Jackson?

Unpack number 6: Mentioning Farrakhan and having a political and socioeconomic  entanglement with Professor Griff is always problematic. See number 5. 

In much the same way the Black community has held on to the teachings of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, some people hold on to the teachings of Farrakhan in the same manner.

Malcolm and Martin were once vilified leaders, but are now revered. That was not the case in the 1960's. Many in the so-called "Negro community" were afraid to associate themselves with those civil rights leaders.That same sentiment is not the case with some when it comes to Farrakhan.

Professor Griff, was the “Minister of Information,” for Public Enemy. He is a Black Muslim, who  spewed the most incendiary rhetoric of The Nation of Islam at the detriment of the rap group.

In 2020 and the way it's been for the last 30 years, mentioning Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader will always raise the collective eyebrows in the mainstream media. Quoting him in any way or manner through the media will always be controversial! He is a polarizing figure.

Sports talk show host, author, and former NBA layer Etan Thomas.

This Etan Thomas tweet would not be supported by many in the Black community. See number 5 again.

Unpack number 7: All of the other unpacks lead to-- Nick what were you thinking? 

Let's sum everything up with this tweet from Naima Cochrane, a writer with VIBE magazine. 

Head over to VIBE magazine and check out her article about how Public Enemy had to distance themselves from Professor Griff. Article: Music Sermon: How 'Fight The Power' Saved Public Enemy

After the apology Nick Cannon went to Twitter and Instagram to express his feelings about the backlash he is receiving following his apology. Some are calling him a sell-out for apologizing.

He reposted his Twitter post on Instagram and made a one word comment.



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