By now you’ve probably heard the uproar about Michelle’s decision to invite the rapper Lonnie Rashid Lynn, aka, “Common”, to the White House. The Daily Caller has an example of one of Common’s raps. I won’t sully my blog by quoting from it, although I can tell you that it calls for President George W. Bush’s death; encourages race warfare; and uses indescribably foul language. Common’s raps also laud Assata Shakur, a convicted cop killer who, after escaping from prison, found shelter in Cuba. You won’t be surprised to learn that Common is also a big fan of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Indeed, I’m willing to bet that you won’t even be surprised to learn that he goes way, way back with the Obamas, since he too was one of Rev. Wright’s flock.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of people are upset about Michelle’s decision to invite this low-life to the White House, where he will be feted at taxpayer’s expense. Amongst those upset are the New Jersey police. The cop that Assata Shakur killed was one of their own: Trooper Werner Foerster (may he rest in peace). The New York branch of NBC is covering the story. I wonder if you find the second paragraph as surprising as I do:
The invitation of rapper Common to the White House this week is drawing the ire of the union representing New Jersey state police.
While even casual hip-hop fans wouldn’t characterize him as a controversial rapper, Common found himself under the microscope after First Lady Michelle Obama invited him to the White House for an arts event. In question: the lyrics to “A Song for Assata,” about convicted cop-killer and former Black Panther Assata Shakur.
If I understand this correctly, someone who is racist, advocates assassinating a president, celebrates cop killers, and is so obscene that his work is rendered almost unintelligible, is also the type of guy that “casual hip-hop fans wouldn’t characterize . . . as a controversial rapper.”
What does one have to chant about to earn the title of “controversial rapper”? Perhaps a black person could suggest that illegal immigration is not a good thing for the black community, because it takes jobs away and gives them to people living under the radar (although legal immigration is good for the nation’s health). That would be controversial. Or maybe a black rapper should take note of the fact that a disproportionate number of black babies get vacuumed out of women’s bodies at Planned Parenthood offices. Whether or not one supports abortion, that’s a thing that should give blacks some demographic concern. I bet a rap on that subject would garner MSM headlines. Or maybe it would be controversial to rap about the fact that most black rappers, by denigrating ordinary social systems and structures, ensure that young black people turn their back on education and hard work, giving them a lifetime ticket to the ghetto.