Last night conscious rapper Common scored a big win for Hip-Hop when he made a controversial visit to the White House performing in front of a small audience for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Evening of Poetry” at the White House. Common’s invite drew massive criticism from Republicans and pundits alike who claimed that Common was a gansta rapper and thug who glorified a cop killer in the past. The most outspoken critic of Common’s appearance at was wannabe vice-president Sarah Palin.
“It’s too easy, you know, the White House’s judgement on inviting someone who has glorified cop killing during Police Memorial Week of all times, the judgement is just so lacking of class and decency and all that’s good for America with an invite like this,” Palin told “On The Record.” “It’s just so easy to assume they’re just inviting someone like me or somebody else to ask. Come on, [President] Barack Obama, who are you plowing around now? … I’m not saying this as a proponent of stifling any kind of free speech, I’m obviously a proponent of free speech. I’m not anti-rap, in fact, like [Fox News anchor] Bret Baier, I know the lyrics to ’Rappers’ Delight’ too. But I’m just saying, common decency in the White House. Wouldn’t we like to see a reflection of all that is wonderful and great? A shining city on a hill that the White House is supposed to be with events inside of that house that is supposed to reflect the patriotism and decency and the influence of America.”
Possibly Mrs. Palin glossed over the fact that Common is an author of children’s poetry books, made an appearance on Sesame Street, funds his own charity foundation, “Common Ground Foundation” that helps in assisting underserved children in communities across the states and participated in the “Knowing Is Beautiful” campaign raising awareness for HIV/AIDS awareness.
While Common can go toe to toe, bar for bar with your favorite “gangsta rapper” on wax it’s a stretch to label the ’Chi native as “thugged out.” Not to mention unfair.
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