Last week, the Obama's invited the Chicago rapper and lyrical poet, Common, to perform at a poetry reading event in the White House. Fresh off of the President's birth certificate revelation and Bin Laden extermination, the right wing needed something new to attack him for. In this case, they chose to question why he invited Common to the White House. Fox News and their hosts provided the most idiotic statements about this non-event while attempting to resurrect the "dangerous black man" routine. They claimed that Common raps about drugs and cop-killing. He doesn't. In fact, Common may be one of the most positive rappers in today's music.
This was nothing more than another attempt to play to the racist elements of those who oppose President Obama. People do exist who hate our President for nothing more than being black. The birth certificate issue, his name, his school records, and now the Common Controversy, all have the same basic intent. To emphasize that Barack Obama is not white.
Hannity, Beck, Palin and others can say that they are not racist, which might be true. But they are playing to the racists in their followers by promoting this kind of racially and culturally motivated animosity. I bet they do it unintentionally. They reflexively attack anything our President does and will use anything to smear him. If it comes off as racist, then that is just liberals playing the race card.
I will leave you with Jon Stewart's segment on Fox News' latest hissy fit. Below the fold, you will also find Common's performance at the White House.