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Hatred of Common by Republicans

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/11/white-house-defends-rappers-invitation-poetry-even/

As a white male member of the Republican party, I'm embarrassed by all the outrage by Republicans over Common being invited to the White House. Common is one of the most "conscious" hip hop artists out there in the entertainment industry. His words and message have been completely taken out of context by Republicans and FOX News. I've yet to hear anyone speaking out against Common say that they have actually listened to any of his work (other than the small quoted pieces).

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Hell, at least call it a mistake. Write songs glorifying a convicted killer. If I were still a republican I'd be highly offended.

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/ cee-lo

(common)

In the spirit of god.

In the spirit of the ancestors.

In the spirit of the black panthers.

In the spirit of assata shakur.

We make this movement towards freedom

For all those who have been oppressed, and all those in the struggle.

Yeah. yo, check it-

There were lights and sirens, gunshots firin

Cover your eyes as I describe a scene so violent

Seemed like a bad dream, she laid in a blood puddle

Blood bubbled in her chest, cold air brushed against open flesh

No room to rest, pain consumed each breath

Shot twice wit her hands up

Police questioned but shot before she answered

One panther lost his life, the other ran for his

Scandalous the police were as they kicked and beat her

Comprehension she was beyond, tryna hold on

To life. she thought she'd live with no arm

That's what it felt like, got to the hospital, eyes held tight

They moved her room to room-she could tell by the light

Handcuffed tight to the bed, through her skin it bit

Put guns to her head, every word she got hit

'who shot the trooper? ' they asked her

Put mace in her eyes, threatened to blast her

Her mind raced till things got still

Opened her eyes, realized she's next to her best friend who got killed

She got chills, they told her: that's where she would be next

Hurt mixed wit anger-survival was a reflex

They lied and denied visits from her lawyer

But she was buildin as they tried to destroy her

If it wasn't for this german nurse they woulda served her worse

I read this sister's story, knew that it deserved a verse

I wonder what would happen if that woulda been me?

All this poo so we could be free, so dig it, y'all.

(cee-lo vocals)

I'm thinkin' of assata, yes.

Listen to my love, assata, yes.

Your power and pride is beautiful.

May God bless your soul.

(common)

It seemed like the middle of the night when the law awakened her

Walkie-talkies cracklin, I see 'em when they takin her

Though she kinda knew,

What made the ride peaceful was the trees and the sky was blue

Arrived to middlesex prison about six inna morning

Uneasy as they pushed her to the second floor in

A cell, one cot, no window, facing hell.

Put in the basement of a prison wit all males

And the smell of misery, seatless toilets and centipedes

She'd exercise, (paint? ,) and begin to read

Two years inna hole. her soul grew weak

Away from people so long she forgot how to speak

She discovered frredom is a unspoken sound

And a wall is a wall and can be broken down

Found peace in the panthers she went on trial with

One of the brothers she had a child with

The foulness they would feed her, hopin she's lose her seed

Held tight, knowing the fight would live through this seed

In need of a doctor, from her stomach she's bleed

Out of this situation a girl was conceived

Separated from her, left to mother the revolution

And lactated to attack hate

Cause federal and state was built for a black fate

Her emptiness was filled with beatings and court dates

They fabricated cases, hoping one would stick

And said she robbed places that didn't exist

In the midst of threats on her life and being caged with aryan whites

Through dark halls of hate she carried the light

I wonder what would happen if that woulda been me?

All of this poo so we could be free.

Yeah, I often wonder what would happen if that woulda been me?

All of this poo so we could be free, so dig it, people-

(cee-lo)

I'm thinkin' of assata, yeah.

Listen to my love, assata, yeah.

Your power and pride, so beautiful...

May God bless your soul.

Oooh.

(common)

Yo

From north carolina her grandmother would bring

News that she had had a dream

Her dreams always meant what they needed them to mean

What made them real was the action in between

She dreamt that assata was free in they old house in queens

The fact that they always came true was the thing

Assata had been convicted of a murder she couldna done

Medical evidence shown she couldna shot the gun

It's time for her to see the sun from the other side

Time for her daughter to be by her mother's side

Time for this beautiful woman to become soft again

Time for her to breathe, and not be told how or when

She untangled the chains and escaped the pain

How she broke out of prison I could never explain

And even to this day they try to get to her

But she's free with political asylum in cuba.

(cee-lo vocals)

I'm thinkin' of assata, yeah.

Listen to my love, assata, yeah.

We're molded from the same mud, assata.

We share the same blood, assata, yeah.

Your power and pride, so beautiful...

May God bless your soul.

Your power and pride, so beautiful...

May God bless your soul.

Oooh.

(assata)

Freedom! you askin me about freedom. askin me about freedom?

I'll be honest with you. I know a whole more about what freedom isn't

Than about what it is, cause I've never been free.

I can only share my vision with you of the future, about what freedom is.

Uhh, the way I see it, freedom is-- is the right to grow, is the right to

Blossom.

Freedom is -is the right to be yourself, to be who you are,

To be who you wanna be, to do what you wanna do. (fade out

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/c/common/#share

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What the puk is a common?

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It could have been Jesus Christ with the holes in his hands and Republicans would still bitch about it. Who cares at this point?..

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It's a nuanced version of Rev. Wright who writes inflammatory s**t to get his name out there as someone that's in touch with the common ills of his culture.

Problem is...he's just a POS that has more in common with Van Jones than Mary Angelou. Naming your child after a this cop killing c.u.nt?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assata_Shakur

Obama acted stupidly inviting this fellow to the WH.

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In other words, Black people can no longer recall history or speak about the things that go on the inner cities without getting branded racist or Anti-American....

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In other words, Black people can no longer recall history or speak about the things that go on the inner cities without getting branded racist or Anti-American....

Ok...so some white a-hole starts poetically lamenting on the crap that the Koresh people did in Waco and their "suffering". Finds it cool to name one his children after McVeigh. Then he gets invited to the White House.

Sound cool or just stupid.

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Wow. Reading the comments is shockingly hilarious. You'd think Common wrote "Cop Killer." I mean in the first 5 comments he's being painted as a criminal, a cop killer, illiterate, preaching hate to illiterate blacks, a racist, a reverse racist, a sexist, another of Obama's questionable friends like Ayers and Wright, AND indication that we have a ghetto white house and we should put dubs on the presidential limo. "Wow," is really all one can say. I'd have never guessed they were talking about Common if I was just reading the comments section.

I also love the backhanded defense of the Times. They talk about the source of the controversial lyric, just so they can print it. But the real lulz come when they print his "positive" lyrics. They write them with the most atrocious spelling I've ever seen in print.

I swear, it's shiz like this that keeps me voting democrat. I'm really quite (fiscally) conservative, but I just can't stand being associated with these nuts.

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Worse people have been invited to the White House.....hell, worse people have LIVED in the White House. People just want to find poo to get pissed off about. I'm tired of this lame ass culture war the right wants to start in this country..

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I'm tired of people questioning someone's racial stances when they express their opinion on whether someone's a piece of s**t based on their doings.

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