PHOENIX, May 11, 2011 - Michelle Obama thinks she’s putting on a non-political, “fun” filled poetry event this Wednesday night, but in reality, it’s quite controversial and, quite possibly, disgusting.
Madame First Lady has invited Chicago poet and rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., AKA “Common,” to the White House poetry event.
While the name “Common” doesn’t induce a vulgar tone, his poetry does. Lynn’s poetry includes threats to shoot police officers and at least one passage calling for the “burn[ing]” of former President George W. Bush.
Lynn’s poem, “A Letter to the Law,” includes the following:
“Seeing a fiend being hung
With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?
Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button
Killing over oil and grease
no weapons of destruction
How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one
The government’s a g-unit and they might buck young black people
Black people in the urban area one
I hold up a peace sign, but I carry a gun.
Is this the kind of poetry that the First Lady wants American kids to read?
Back In 2000, Lynn released an album that included the song, “A Song for Assata,” in which he portrayed Assata Shakur. Shakur was convicted in the 1973 murder of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster. She escaped prison six years later and is now living under political asylum in Cuba. His song reads, “Your power and pride is beautiful, may god bless your soul!”
New Jersey state troopers were not happy when they received word the First Lady invited “Common.”
“He shouldn’t be let into the White House,” Former New Jersey state trooper Sal Maggio said, “I don’t think any time is right for a man like this who proposes violence toward police.”
While it is clear the Obama’s do not see eye to eye with President Bush, it’s completely inappropriate to invite a guest that has suggested the killing of a former President, no matter their political party. Plus a song that praises cop-killers isn’t something kids need to be listening too.
Michelle Obama had a wide selection of poets to invite to the White House. Her selection of “Common,” is unjust and quite frankly inappropriate. Mrs. Obama, instead of inviting guests that incite the death of innocent people, why don’t you invite poets that convey a patriotic America, a pro-America?
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