Oct 27, 2021Liked by Razib Khan

Trent, if you are reading this -- you did a really good thing. I hope you have a great future ahead of you.

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This entire "issue" is, as our cousins across the pound would say "completely mental". It makes no sense. It never seices to amaze me how completely removed from reality white (and white washed POC) academics are.

The term "trap house" started in the south among black millennials in the early 2000s, the first rapper to use the term, I believe, was TI, a rapper from Atlanta who came out with Trap Muzik (2003). "trap house" means "place you sell drugs". For Gen-X, of which I am part of, used to the term "crack house" as it was the drug of choice in the inner-cities in the 1980s, during the "Crack Wars". We also had the term "crack head". Those terms are no longer used. Crack is no longer the drug of choice, per se, or maybe it is better to say "drug offerings have diversified". Now people talk about "trap houses", which are usually out of bandos (abandoned homes), of which American inner-cities have no shortage. This subculture produced "trap music", which has distinct beats and rhyme patterns. Strangely enough, trap music even exists in Chengdu, China, and is a quite popular subculture (despite government crack downs). The Chinese are not rapping about drug dealing, but more so they use the beats, the dress, the rap flow style. For those interested in that look into the group Higher Brothers.

Anyway when you say "trap house" to any black or Latino from the hood or the barrio (or who is familiar with this) no one thinks "white frat kids doing black face parties". Until I heard this podcast, I would have never directly associated that with "trap house".

White frat douches have been doing black face and "ghetto parties" since I was an undergrad, although this has declined due to the general crackdown on Frats or Soros at most universities. Yes I am 100% sure there have been several majority white frats who have had "trap parties" at some point, and maybe in 2021 that might be a thing, since white people are generally 5-10 years behind the urban music trend, but to accuse a Native American student of "racism" for a term used as far away as China, is also to confer that "trap house" as racism against black people is like saying "references to crack are racist against black people because "we all know blacks are crackheads and it is rude to remind them of it". That seems to be more than a bit racist all by itself.

I'm black, I know more than you about black people. :-)

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