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Obama Invites Anti-Cop Rapper to White House

Obama Invites Anti-Cop Rapper to White House

US First Lady Michelle Obama walks down Cross Hall as she arrives to host a Mother's Day event for military connected mothers, grandmothers, and spouses in the White House in Washington, DC, May 6, 2011.

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May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., more commonly known as the rapper “Common”, was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama among other poets to celebrate American poetry and prose on Wednesday, May 11, thedailycaller.com reports.

Lynn’s divisive lyrics about gun violence, shooting police, and even for burning the president (who at the time was George W. Bush), make him a controversial choice for the White House. “Burn a Bush cos for peace he no push no button,” he raps on a YouTube video with more than 800,000 views.

He is also a known supporter of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, according to the examiner.com. Abu-Jamal was a member of the Black Panther Party, and was sentenced in 1981 for killing a Philadelphia police officer.

Coincidentally, President Obama and the rapper/poet Lynn are members of Trinity United Church of Christ, reports the New Hampshire Journal. Additionally, Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 came under fire when the church’s Reverend Jeremiah Wright made several charged sermons in support of Obama.

“Several of Wright’s sermons caused a firestorm of controversy during the 2008 presidential campaign due to their caustic, racially charged, anti-American tones. One sermon in particular caused Obama a severe headache – the one in which he blamed America for Osama bin Laden’s terrorist attacks. ‘America’s chickens are coming home to roost,’ he said.” – New Hampshire Journal

At the time, Obama defended and then rejected Wright, whereas Lynn came to the reverend’s defense.

Lynn also named his daughter after Assata Shakur, another Black Panther party member. In 1977, Shakur was found guilty of first-degree murder and fled to Cuba after escaping prison, reports the New Hampshire Journal.

At the White House event, Lynn and other artists will participate in an afternoon workshop educating children.

The AP reports that other artists invited to attend are Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Aimee Mann, and Jill Scott.


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    ilegworldchamp

    about 3 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Unfortunately Art , the Moralistic God Fearing Flag Waving generation we come from have the memory passed to us by the "Greatest Generation". The newer video game generation puts everything into hi-tech toys and they do not pay attention to "FORMALITIES and PROTOCOL" . We actually knew how to balance a check book in our Jr. year of High School . Now they don't learn that simple action till they graduate with an Associates Degree. Most recently I have seen several Talk Show hosts out on the streets with the "Voting Age Public" and the majority did not know who was the Vice President , none knew the three branches of Government so I guess low expectations are in order for the sheep.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    And one more thing, My OUTRAGE should not be take personnal by any member here. It is fuled by the ignorant followers of a subject matter that they know absolutely nothing about.

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    TreeHugger719

    about 3 years ago

    464 Comments

    Well said Art!!

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    Even though I attempted to educate some here about the origin and history of "Police Week", there are those that still just don't get it.... That tells me that some are here on our site to just adjitate, talk Bull$hit and defend the actions of the POTUS no matter what he does. I'm sick and tired of foolish posts, that make absolutely no sense at all. Members such as my brother ilegworldchamp, Robocop33, snhadley and my sisters such as DonnaLynn to include myself, are in my opinion fighting a straight and noble battle to inform while defending the sacret and honorable period that is known as "POLICE WEEK". And any so called LEO or supporter that doesn't understand or know the histroy or meaning for which "POLICE WEEK" stands for, should just get the hell off the subject and leave us to our mourning and recognition of our true brothers and sisters who have earned the right to be called "Fellow LEOs". After all, the is "Police Link" "The Nation's Law Enforcement Community" and not "My Space" Or "Face Book"...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    oldtimer322

    about 3 years ago

    360 Comments

    Big bump to TPD327

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    TPD327

    about 3 years ago

    396 Comments

    This is not a black or white issue. Common professes his hate for the police in his "music" and his his support for many cop killers. Obama and Michelle invite him to the White House. How can anyone in Law Enforcement not see the problem with that?

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    sjbk75

    about 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    LOL is all I have to say about this video.
    This guy is someone that the MC says is one of his closest friends and heroes? Hyping up this guy says a bit about him too. Amazing display of one person who absolutely should NOT be preaching this kind of bs to our children.

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    sjbk75

    about 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    I missed the part about him being at the white house during law enforcement week somehow, just overlooked it i guess. Yea, hits me about the same as Obama skipping the usual presidential trip to Arlington a year or two ago on memorial or veterans day (not sure which it was) where presidents for decades have had ceremonies with boyscouts to honor the dead. Bad choice after bad choice will result in history remembering our first black president as a one term kinda guy.

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    ilegworldchamp

    about 3 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Big Bump Jim (((((BUMP))))) !

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    Robocop33

    about 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    Bump ajsdaddy and DonnaLynn.
    Stangz, you do not discuss, your make excuses and frankly, little sense.
    Koreavet, you sir frankly are either stupid or ignorant of history, or exceptionally bigoted and you do not belong here. You can only twist the truth so far before it becomes a lie. Speak the truth, good or bad and yes you can even have an opposite opinion but have something to to back it up other than slogans or information that is untrue or unprovable.
    This thread is about the leader of this nation inviting a person to the White House, also known as the Peoples House, during the month and particularly the week we honor our fallen brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement. This said person has made 'music', (I don't think of it as music but some do), whose lyrics are exceptionally anti-police and condoning violence towards the police and who even supports a female who was convicted of not only killing, but executing a State Trooper in the line of duty. The president is supposed to be representing the people and his actions of inviting this POS to our house and then going off to play golf instead of honoring out deceased friends, well that is unacceptable and he will rightly lose many votes in the next election.

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    DonnaLynn

    about 3 years ago

    10602 Comments

    I pray for the LEOs' families as they go through their hardships and mourning. Their longing and heartaches will go on for a long time. Their mommy, daddy, mother, father, brother, sister, spouse will not return home, will not see that ball game, that dance recital, their smile and laughter, the birthdays... you get it right? And we honor them for the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE! They were out their protecting the good and the bad equally! These fine men and women were DIShonored and continue to be dishonored. And you, SpencerStangz are no brother of mine. To say that you do not find this behavior disrespectful is ridiculous and the ULTIMATE DISRESPECT.

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    SpencerStangz

    about 3 years ago

    420 Comments

    @mz66, i hear you. thank you again for your understanding and heads up

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    SpencerStangz

    about 3 years ago

    420 Comments

    hey folks, i am gonna step out of here again. we have all made of thoughts and opinions clear. i am not trying to stir up strife. i was simply providing a different view and enjoying the discussion. y'all be blessed and stay safe.

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    mz66

    about 3 years ago

    3852 Comments

    @SpencerStangz: Opinions on here vary more than can be determined by reading the comments/posts. There could be many reasons why the ones that do get voiced tend to lean to one side--that's a topic too complicated for the comments section, though...assuming it's worth exploring at all, that is.

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    ajsdaddyBPD

    about 3 years ago

    3080 Comments

    "There have been scores of dictators and mass murderers allied to US Presidents, if US Presidents themselves were invloved in wholesale genocide of American Indians or in Nixons case, Vietnamese civilians, so where this scrutiny with a rapper going to a Whitehouse function as a poet causes disloyalty or discomfort for some is simply a racial and white supremecist heritage ingrained within American society."

    First thank you for your service. Second go get yourself bent. Your opinion shows off your racism more than you know. By the way was it Nixon that put us into Vietnam? Was it Nixon that escalated Vietnam? Or was it Nixon that got US troops out of Vietnam? Try looking at what Kennedy and LBJ did to further our involvement in that country. Next, do you carry a badge? I honor the fallen of our troops, I honor their memories, I honor their service and sacrifice. What we are dealing with here is a "president" and apparently a few of you here who could give two flips about honoring OUR dead. So, go get bent and while you're at it try to stay on topic. This isn't a politicall issue, this isn't a race issue. THIS IS A FREAKING DECENCY ISSUE. You don't have to agree hit and run poster but if you want respect it must be given. So far this "president" has done anything but.

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