Over at Salon, Mary Elizabeth Williams explains it all to you:
Why the right hates Common
Limbaugh and Palin’s rage over the hip-hop artist’s performance proves just how little they understand poetry
….The man at the center of all those middle-aged white people’s anger this week was Chicago’s own Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., aka the Grammy award-winning rapper Common. The Daily Caller was quick to register its fury at Common’s presence on the bill, with writer Neil Munro singling out “Letter to the Law,” which dares to include lines like “Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton” and “Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button/Killing over oil and grease/no weapons of destruction.” This, according to the Caller, is tantamount to “threats to shoot police and … calling for the “burn[ing]” of George W. Bush.” Yes, and when William Blake wrote, “I am black,” he literally meant he was black. And when Sylvia Plath wrote, “Daddy, I have had to kill you,” she really killed her father. And when T.S. Eliot wrote, “We are the hollow men,” he was in fact a chocolate Easter bunny. Because there’s no room for metaphor or imagery or drama in poetry.
I’m glad that the rightwing Common freakout gave Mary Elizabeth an opportunity to make use of some of her liberal arts education, but when Tucker Carlson and Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity see a “black rapper” going to the White House (with the exception of Will Smith, because, c’mon, Will Smith? Rap? pffft…) all they see is black black blackity black black black.
They see this:
And you know those people. They’re all the same, yo….