Now that President Obama has released his birth certificate, and captured and killed Osama Bin Laden, the right wingers in the United States need something to complain about. They’ve fallen back on an old standby from the 80s and 90s – hip-hop.
First Lady Michelle Obama invited notable MC and actor Common to a poetry event. The invitation has proven to be cause for alarm by some members of the poltical right who protest Common’s alleged “cop killer” lyrics.
Fox News is crying foul point thanks to a protest poem Common performed on Def Poetry Jam in 2005 titled “A Letter To The Law” which includes lines like “Tell the preacher, god got more than one son / Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton / I walk like a warrior, from them I won’t run / On the streets, they try to beat us like a drum.” Also causing a panic is a line from the same poem where Common says “Seeing a fiend being hung / With that happening, why they messing with Saddam? / Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button.”
Obviously the point of the piece, which questions the continued brutalization of African-Americans at the hands of the police and the government’s ignoring of problems in the inner cities, was completely missed.
We’re just glad that they didn’t bother touching Common’s retelling of Assata Shakur’s story, 2000’s “A Song For Assata.”