Thoughts on Common’s WH Invite

Okay, just a few comments on this hip-hopper, the rapper, Common. Apparently there’s some poetry reading at the White House that Moochelle Obama is sponsoring, and they got this guy Common showing up. Now, Common is an artiste. That’s what you must know, he’s an artist. He’s also a member of Reverend Wright’s church. He’s a big fan of Reverend Wright. In fact, I think I have a sound bite here of Mr. Common saying so. Yes. Audio sound bite number 23. This is from May of three years ago, 2008 during an interview to, the rapper-poet Common — by the way, birth name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. — he said this about the former pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, Pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

COMMON: Reverend Wright is an intelligent, strong individual, a great man and a conduit of love, man, I — and I know that from being in his pew since I was eight years old. Every Sunday my mom had me at that church, so I know, you know, from what he’s helped shape me to be, that he was always preaching about love. And when he speaks about the government, he’s speaking about situations that our present people and situations that are bringing negative things onto people. Reverend Wright is all good with me, and I’m — you know, I’m a full supporter of him and definitely a supporter of Barack Obama.

RUSH: Okay, now, in addition to being an artiste and an avid advocate of Reverend Wright, he’s also a rapper and he has written poems and songs in support of cop killers, and this has angered New Jersey police officer organizations and a lot of other people as well, asking, why would this guy be invited to an arts thing at the White House? Not the question. The question is, why wouldn’t he be? I’m kinda surprised that people are surprised.



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