White House’s Invite To Rapper Common Draws Criticism (Videos)

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The decision to invite Rapper Common to a White House poetry event is pissing off conservatives. But maybe for good reason. Check out why here.

People are enraged that President Obama and first lady Michelle have invited a rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., who is best known by the name “Common” to a White House poetry event on Wednesday.

The rapper has ties to former controversial preacher Reverend Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ, where Obama attended church for 20 years.

Common has previously called for “burning” former president George W. Bush and celebrated a former Black Panther’s murder of a New Jersey state trooper.

Some of Common’s lyrics include:

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.”

Here’s a video of Common from 2007:

The State Troopers Fraternal Association is angered at the rapper’s invite after Common’s track “A Song for Assata”, where he seems to celebrate the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper.

Here’s Common’s song “A Song For Assata”:

Assata Shakur, who was once known as Joanne Chesimard, was convicted of murdering a state trooper on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973.   She escaped from prison in 1979 and is living in asylum in Cuba.

“The young people who read this stuff, hear this stuff, are getting a very dangerous and deadly message,” David Jones, president of the State Troopers Fraternal Association union stated.

Do you think it’s very “Presidential” to invite a rapper this controversial to a White House event?

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