It’s less of a coincidence now that Michelle Obama invited rapper Common to the White House “poetry” reading scheduled for Wednesday night. They apparently go way back:
Yep. That’s Common rapping the sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ with Reverend Jeremiah Wright in the background on New Year’s 2008. He’s been attending the church since he was 8 years old, so you can bet he and the Obama’s crossed paths more than once. As for the Reverend, Common says even before the brouhaha over the “G-D America” sermon hit the national wires Wright was coming under criticism locally:
According to Common, the national uproar over Wright’s sermons isn’t the first time the Chicago minister has come under fire.
“Even before it got bubbling nationally, it was going on locally,” he shared. “[There were] petitions that we signed. There were certain newspapers in Chicago that were really trying to bash the church and it was like a petition that was asked of me to sign and other members of Trinity saying that we weren’t in support of that newspaper for that and that we know Reverend Wright is not what they are portraying him to be.”
Common believes what the Reverend is preaching is “self-love and not hatred and his sermons were attempting to empower a disenfranchised race of people.” Empower them for what? Reverse racism? And is this what you learned about self love, Common?
Does it mean you should rap about cop killing and a “burning Bush“?
Common is not known as a gangsta rapper, but some of his songs and poems feature violent imagery. In one poem, he called for the metaphorical burning of President George W. Bush — a “burning Bush.”
Fox Nation has even more examples of this “poet”
If this is what Common learned from Rev. Wright’s “messages of love” I don’t want to know what Common would consider a message of hate.