Actor Nick Cannon is in some hot water these days as a recent podcast interview featuring his racist and anti-Semitic comments has gone viral over the weekend.
Apparently, Cannon believes that America’s current racial reckoning means he can get away with saying racist and anti-Semitic things, and the former America’s Got Talent host and husband of Mariah Carey claimed that people with a “lack of melanin,” or Jewish and white people, lack “compassion” and are thus “closer to animals” than more “melanated” folks like himself.
Yeah it was pretty bonkers stuff.
During the June 30 episode of Cannon’s podcast Cannon’s Class, the actor and entertainer felt that he could boldly go where some of history’s worst figures have gone and started assigning character values to entire groups of people based on their skin pigmentation. Of course, Black Lives Matter has become all the rage, and with it, myths about vicious White Supremacy existing in every facet of Western society. Cannon presumably felt free to explain why white folks aren’t so nice.
Speaking with rapper Professor Griff who, as Daily Caller pointed out, has his own history of anti-Semitic comments, Cannon started, “When you have a person who has the lack of pigment, the lack of melanin that they know they will be annihilated, therefore they know that however they got the power, they have a lack of compassion, melanin comes with compassion.”
And that was just the beginning. As Cannon clarified his statements he made it clear that non-black folks are “less” than those who have melanin, which translates in his worldview as those who have more “soul.” He added, “Melanin comes with soul, that we call it soul, we soul brothers and sisters, that’s the melanin that connects us so the people that don’t have it, are, and I’m going to say this carefully, are a little less.”
Oh that’s not openly racist or anything. Like a good little bigot Cannon then tried to use history and science to back up his primitive thinking, mentioning that because people of the “mountains of Caucasus” had less skin pigment, the sun would “deteriorate them.” That explains why white and other “non-melanated” people act “out of fear” and act “out of low self-esteem.” “They’re acting out of deficiency, so therefore the only way they can act is evil,” he asserted.
The pseudoscience didn’t stop there. Cannon further explained that the low self-esteem due to lack of dark skin accounted for why white people “rob, steal, rape, kill and fight in order to survive.” I mean that’s what we colonizers have done for centuries, right? Cannon argued, “they had to be barbaric because they’re in these Nordic mountains, they’re in these rough torrential environments, so they’re acting as animals.”
“They’re the ones closer to animals, they’re the ones that are actually the true savages,” the actor concluded, clarifying that he was in fact talking about “‘Jewish people,’ white people, Europeans, the Illuminati.”
So much for ending racism.