On Monday we brought you the story of the rapper "Common" who, despite his controversial cop-killing lyrics, has been invited to a poetry event at the White House. His lyrics and the invitation enraged many readers of this site. Now, that sentiment has spread. Not only did Glenn Beck hilariously lampoon the invitation on his Wednesday radio show, but now the New Jersey state police union has also come out against the appearance.
"The young people who read this stuff, hear this stuff, are getting a very dangerous and deadly message," David Jones, president of the State Troopers Fraternal Association union, told NBCNewYork.com. His anger stems from the lyrics to "A Song for Assata," which praises convicted cop-killer and former Black Panther Assata Shakur.
"Your power and pride is beautiful," he says in the song. "May God bless your soul." The entire song is below:
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Shakur, who used to go by Joanne Chesimard, was convicted of killing Trooper Werner Foerster on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. She escaped prison in 1979 and is currently living in Cuba. The FBI currently has a $1 million bounty on her capture.
"Hopefully someday she'll be caught," Sal Maggio, a retired troop commander with the state police, told NBCNewYork.com, adding that officers still talk about the incident and the bounty.
But the troopers and their union aren't the only one upset about Common's visit. On radio Wednesday, Glenn showered the event with a heavy dose of comedy and sarcasm.
"They had a rapper at the White House. Sure he does a little poetry about shooting cops, but who hasn't done that as a president in the White House?" he asked mockingly, before pointing out the president has surrounded himself with anti-cop sympathizers in the past: