Appearing tonight in the East Room at the White House poetry celebration, the rapper Common avoided saying anything about killing police, as he has rather frequently in the past.
He did launch into some kind of work which was, I suppose you could say, impressionistic. Some might say it was stream of conscious. And others might say it was incomprehensible. Also, some of it rhymed.
He started with some recorded sound of Martin Luther King speaking, and ended by repeating the line,
What do you think of when you imagine a White House “Celebration of American Poetry and Prose?” A quiet collection of serious minded women and professorial looking men reciting, in tones both dramatic and hushed, carefully crafted cadenzas in a setting of earnest reflection?
Think again. Think of THIS:
Yo, yo, yo, lissen up. This is not your father’s candy ass poetry reading, you hear?
Mrs. Obama, who is supposedly so concerned about the future of our nation’s impressionable and overweight youth, has invited this spigot of hatred, a rapper who calls himself “Common,” to the White House Wednesday to share his vitriol.
It’s one thing to be angry about your circumstances and to express it. It’s quite another to threaten harm against the police.
Instead of inviting this person to the White House, Obama should probably be trying to find out if “Common” is serious about his own lyrics. He’s not a poet. He’s a security threat.
How fraudulent of Obama to head to Ground Zero last week and have his picture taken with police who responded to the 9/11 disaster, and then give the presidential seal of approval to someone who wrote this:
Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton
I walk like a warrior,
from them I won’t run . . .
Use your mind and nine-power, get the government touch
Them boys chat-chat on how him pop gun
I got the black strap to make the cops run
They watching me, I’m watching them
The man seems to wish violence against George W. Bush as well:
With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?
Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button
Killing over oil and grease
no weapons of destruction
How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one
Tomorrow night, “Common” will be standing in the East Room, below the life size paintings of George and Martha Washington, spewing this kind of stuff.
It’s not just an outrage. It’s incomprehensible.
How could this be?
Well, turns out Common is from Chicago. Not just from Chicago, but a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ since childhood. Does that church name ring a bell? The pastor there is Jeremiah Wright.
I wonder where Common learned his songs of hatred? It appears the Obamas have not completely cut their ties to the church.
I’ve looked at some of Common’s other lyrics. Some of it is an honest attempt to grapple with the life in the city. And much of it is poorly constructed, plenty of it is profane, and as we see above, some of it promotes violence against law enforcement and Obama’s predecessor as president.
Whatever the artistry that may be involved here, this is not a man whose “ouvre” merits to a visit to the White House. It’s an insult to the nation.
I assume Common has been instructed not to recite his anti-cop rant. If he does, Obama will incur the political damage he richly deserves.