Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Irresponsible Statements From Rappers?

Two weeks ago in a CBS News - What's Trending interview, Lupe Fiasco caused quite a fiasco when he referred to US President Barack Obama as a "terrorist."
"My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America."
Lupe Fiasco decided to visit Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" to defend his statement and views with host Bill O'Reilly.

O'Reilly used this opportunity to defend President Obama and give Lupe a rewritten history lesson about the reasons for military action in Afghanistan. It was also very evident that O'Reilly had done his homework and used Lupe's statements in his CBS interview against him.

In the CBS interview Lupe expressed his views about voting saying...
"I don't vote. No I don't vote. I don't get involved in politics. It's meaningless. To be honest," he said. "If I'm going to say I stand behind this person and write on a piece of paper that says, 'yeah I stand for this person,' then I have to take responsibility for everything he does cause that's just who I am as a human being. So politicians aren't going to do that because I don't want you to bomb some village in the middle of nowhere."
O'Reilly let Lupe know that his words have consequences and the potential to misinform, but of course he did so in his condescending Bill O'Reilly way...
"your constituency are not exactly political science PHD's, they are impressionable kids."
O'Reilly and Lupe are both wrong.

Rewritten History - we took military action in Afghanistan to find Osama Bin Laden and bring justice to the 3000 plus victims, who lost their lives or were injured on 9/11.

Lupe Fiasco, admitting that he doesn't vote takes credibility away from his grievance with this administration and it's foreign policy. If Lupe wants to be taken seriously, he needs to wisely choose appropriate venues to address his views and/or political ideology.

I partially agree with O'Reilly. He has made an assumption that Lupe's reach and influence spread to a majority of black youth. Record sales and statistics show the opposite (white youth), but for the sake of making a point, let's go along with O'Reilly. It's no secret, African-Americans have been disenfranchised and felt disconnected from the electoral process. The 2008 election shifted this. Lupe's statements could have recourse and this would be a detriment to the black community. The power to change the things that Lupe has taken issue with, can only be changed through the people - at the voting both.

Was this another "irresponsible statement" from a rapper?

Has Lupe raised valid concerns about the Obama Administration and the US' Foreign Policy?

Was "The O'Reilly Factor" an appropriate venue for Lupe to address his comment and views?

When a citizen intentionally decides not to participate in the electoral process, do they have the right to critique an elected official and are those critiques valid?
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