The White House is holding an event celebrating American Poetry tonight, and guess what? You're not invited. Which, according to Fox News, Sarah Palin, The Daily Caller and associated forces, is great news for you! Because one of the poetry readers will be the rapper Common, the most evil and dangerous man alive.
The poem that Common probably won't be reading tonight, but which conservatives have latched onto as a means of proving how Satanic this fellow is, is this little ditty which The Daily Caller "transcribed from a 2007 video with 837,613 viewers on YouTube." You can watch this disturbing spectacle in the clip up top.
A Letter to the Law
Dem boy wanna talk… [indistinguishable]
Whatcha gon do if ya got one gun?
I sing a song for the hero unsung
with faces on the mural of the revolution
No looking back cos' in back is what's done
Tell the preacher, God got more than one son
Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton
I walk like a warrior,
from them I won't run
On the streets, they try to beat us like a drum
In Cincinnati, another brother hung
A guinea won't see the sun
with his family stung
They want us to hold justice
but you handed me none
The same they did to Kobe and Michael Jackson
make them the main attraction
Turn around and attack them
Black gem in the rough
You're rugged enough
Use your mind and nine-power, get the government touch
Them boys chat-chat on how him pop gun
I got the black strap to make the cops run
They watching me, I'm watching them
Them dick boys got a lock of cock in them
My people on the block got a lot of pok* in them
and when we roll together
we be rocking them to sleep
No time for that, because there's things to be done
Stay true to what I do so the youth dream come
from project building
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.
"‘Uzi' is slang for a compact machine gun," the Caller notes.
Fox News has referred to Common as a "vile rapper." Sarah Palin tweeted, "Oh lovely, White House," with a link to the Daily Caller article. Common is enjoying all of this, based on his tweeting activity.
Question: Why is it 1992 again? Anyone? Hadn't we come to grips with the fact that many famous rappers use controversial language and determined that yes, they still should be allowed to show their faces in public? Apparently not. Maybe we should re-litigate the controversial case of Bart Simpson while we're at it. He says "Eat my shorts" on television. Did you know this? A White House invitation should be heading his way any minute.