The “Common” Defense

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Rapper “Common” recently performed for “poetry night” at the White House. “Objection!” said the out-of-touch, Golf Channel-watching, Pat Boone-loving right-wingers, who called Common unworthy of an invitation to the People’s House. The Comedy Channel’s hip Jon Stewart ridiculed the unhip for their outrage. Who’s right?

White House press secretary and apparent rap-o-phile Jay Carney, who hails from the mean streets of the Lawrenceville prep school and Yale — where he majored in Russian and Eastern European studies — defended Common as “socially conscious.”

Common ought not, therefore, be grouped with non-socially conscious rappers — the gold-chain-wearing, crotch-grabbing, dope-smoking, dope-selling, misogynistic kind who riff about killing cops, hating whites, and fighting the ever-present and all-encompassing racism practiced by The Man. (The Man, of course, briefly left his post in November 2008 and allowed the election of a black president. Everybody has bad days.)

Think of Common as a black Ward Cleaver, up from the ‘hood, who comes in from a hard day at the office, sets down his briefcase at the coat rack, hangs up his tweed jacket and shouts, “Bitch, where’s my dinner?!” Sure, Common, like the non-socially conscious rappers, has rapped about killing cops, beating up white people and burning President George W. Bush. But to be fair, even Common lovers admit that the first two might not be all that socially conscious. This is a poet with a soft spot — for blacks who murder white cops.

President Barack Obama’s White House celebrates open-mindedness and tolerance. For example, Obama just dined with the socially conscious Rev. Al Sharpton, the whitey-denouncing race hustler who rode to fame by falsely accusing a white former assistant district attorney of raping a black teenage girl. Sharpton’s incendiary rants — “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house” — helped ignite a riot in Crown Heights that left a hundred wounded and a Jewish student stabbed to death.

Unlike Sharpton, Common never called then-New York Mayor David Dinkins, the city’s first and only black mayor, a “n—ger whore.” Besides, Common and Obama go way back. They both belonged to Trinity United Church of Christ, presided over by the Rev. Jeremiah “United States of KKK” Wright.

So what’s the problem with Common?

His daughter is named after Assata Shakur, a black panther formerly known as Joanne Chesimard. Shakur was sentenced to life for her role in the execution-style murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.

Shakur broke out of prison and fled to Cuba, where she still lives under political asylum. Congress passed a resolution demanding that Fidel Castro return her to the States. The FBI calls her a “domestic terrorist” and offers $1 million for her capture.

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  • Ronald W. Carnine

    I commented at length yesterday so I won't bore you by repeating my story. But suffice it to say that to a crippled, retired police officer this whole story is upsetting. To invite a rapper to the White House when his message is pro-violence, pro-gang, anti-woman, kill and injure as many cops as you can, makes me wonder what is going on in Washington, D.C. Where are all the feminists and assorted other liberals who ought to be going nuts over the invite. I lost a leg to a young man who wanted to be a gang banger, wasting his life and ruining mine. Maybe I'm just jealous because I didn't get an invitation.

    • spongekill

      "his message is pro-violence, pro-gang, anti-woman, kill and injure as many cops as you can"

      Wow….. the thing is, Common's message is pretty much the exact opposite of everything you mentioned here.

  • Jim_C

    As rappers go, Common is practically milquetoast. He is actually known for his positive messages.

    That said, his views on dating are ignorant. But as a-holes go, hey, he's no Cornell West.

    Problem with this whole non-issue is that, what, are we going to run down a list of every a-hole who ever got invited to the WH? Methinks we're talking a pretty long list.

  • generalissimo

    "black culture" is nothing but an excuse for thuggery, mysoginy, drug dealing and pimpin'. Just look at any prision population statistics – Absolute FAIL. It's not colorful, not counter-culture, not innovative, not productive. Makes me sick the way these thuggs go about crying "peace" and "peace-out". Peace? PEACE? They are not for peace; wouldn't they "pop-a-cap-in-our-asses" if they had the chance?
    The least disgusting bit about this nugget of information is a non-person like this 'artist' being invited to the White House during the Obama Junta, I mean Administration. No surprise there!