The invitation of rapper Common to the White House this week is drawing the ire of the union representing New Jersey state police.
While even casual hip-hop fans wouldn't characterize him as a controversial rapper, Common found himself under the microscope after First Lady Michelle Obama invited him to the White House for an arts event. In question: the lyrics to "A Song for Assata," about convicted cop-killer and former Black Panther Assata Shakur.
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For New Jersey police, the outrage centers on "A Song for Assata" lyrics like "Your power and pride is beautiful. May God bless your soul."
Shakur, formerly known as Joanne Chesimard, was convicted for the 1973 slaying of Trooper Werner Foerster on the New Jersey Turnpike. She escaped prison in 1979, and is living in asylum in Cuba
Answer by jesse123456 at 6:32 PM on May. 11, 2011
I wonder if Obama thinks the NJ patrolmen are acting stupidly?
Answer by jewjewbee at 2:03 PM on May. 11, 2011
Answer by chaiteamomma at 1:36 PM on May. 11, 2011
After the ridiculous Beer Summit, there should not be any law official endorsing that man.
I think what happened, was that Michelle used her position to make her girls happy with a meet and greet and label it as something else, and the administration had no idea who they were inviting. Now the cat is out of the bag.
Irresponsible, and Inexperienced in dealing with these sorts of matters. Nothing new here.
Answer by jewjewbee at 2:25 PM on May. 11, 2011
Answer by jewjewbee at 1:42 PM on May. 11, 2011
I think they have every right to feel the way they do and I have to imagine I would feel the same way too if I were one of them.
Answer by QuinnMae at 2:29 PM on May. 11, 2011
Answer by gammie at 1:22 PM on May. 11, 2011
Answer by jewjewbee at 1:40 PM on May. 11, 2011
Answer by DSamuels at 1:47 PM on May. 11, 2011
Answer by jewjewbee at 2:07 PM on May. 11, 2011