Many are criticizing the Obama White House and first lady Michelle Obama for inviting controversial rapper and poet “Common” born Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn to the White House to perform.
In some of Common’s lyrics and poetry, he alludes to the killing of police officers in his community and also alludes to a metaphorical burning of U.S. president George W. Bush.
Here is some of Common’s poetry:
“Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button, killing over oil and grease, no weapons of mass destruction, how can we follow a leader when this is a corrupt one?”
We gon make it right for the people out there / and I can let you know don’t nobody want drama / we gon vote for my man, what’s his name? Obama / 2008, we gon take it straight to president / I’ma let you know he’s a Trinity resident / yeah, it’s like that, we won’t be hesitant / revolution is here, we coming clear…
“I got the black strap to make the cops run. They watching me. I’m watching them.”
Common is a supporter of President Obama’s presidency and has appeared in public with the president.
Common also worshiped at the same church that President Obama went to that included fiery sermons by pastor Jeremiah Wright that included phrases such as “Godd**n America” and anti-American rhetoric that blamed the U.S. for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The Washington Times reported that the Obama White House stated they were not aware of Common’s lyrics, and suggested people not worry about this because Common has done other things to make up for it since then.
Those defending Common state that his lyrics are about social injustices and that many of his lyrics are taken out of context and need to be listened to knowing he grew up in a Chicago ghetto where there was a great amount of distrust between police officers and citizens.