Uproar Over Rapper Invited to White House
In yet another example of how out of touch the White House is with the bulk of America, The White House is sticking with it's invitation for rapper Common to an arts event.
While those in the music industry would hardly characterize him as controversial and he is known more as a 'thinker' than just an artist who tries to dust things up, Common did craft a song honoring a woman who killed a New Jersey law enforcement official. In "A Song For Assata", Common offers praises to former Black Panther Assata Shakur. Shakur, born Joanne Chesimard, was convicted in 1973 in the slaying of New Jersey Trooper Werner Foerster on the New Jersey Turnpike. She escaped prison in 1979 and is living in exile in Cuba. According to David Jones, president of the State Troopers Fraternal Organization union, this sends the wrong kind of message, and Sal Maggio, a retired New Jersey Trooper commander says his friends on the force and others still talk about the reward that stands to this day for the apprehention of Shakur. the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Cuba. The White House defended Common's appearance, saying Obama was impressed with work he has done with children in the inner city of Chicago. While some say neither the White House or Obama knew of Common's song praising a cop killer, Common did appear at several Chicago rallies for Obama during the Presidential Campaign, and actively supported the Obama presidential run.