Nielson trashed Obama's record, including his continuing "Bush-era surveillance practices" and "the systematic criminalization of people of color."
He asked how wealthy rap stars like Jay-Z and Diddy and Ice Cube have "continued to support Obama publicly, even after the benefit of four years of hindsight? Perhaps, having constructed narratives of themselves as street-savvy entertainers, they are reluctant to admit they've been hustled by a Harvard-educated law professor who's got better game than they do."
Nielson seems unwilling to admit that gangsta-rappers don't pose in their music as Obama-style community organizers or philanthropists. They only look out for themselves. These men focus on enriching themselves with large corporate deals, not on defeating inner-city blight.
Last September, Obama (sort of) shared the stage with Jay-Z and Kanye West at the "Made In America Festival" in Philadelphia. The president appeared in a pre-recorded video to urge the assembled rap fans to vote and oozed that he loves listening to Jay-Z on his iPod. After Obama's message, West and Jay-Z finished with their hit "(N-words) in Paris." In that song, Jay-Z raps, "What's 50 grand to a motherf---er like me, can you please remind me?"
Can't you see Obama's head bobbing along to that?
Days later, Jay-Z held a $40,000-a-plate fundraiser for Obama at his 40/40 club in Manhattan, which includes a tower of champagne bottles that cost $105,000. The rapper (and the Obama-loving press corps) was very quiet about this shindig. On the same day, Obama appeared on the Letterman show on CBS and lectured Mitt Romney that "if you want to be president, you've got to work for everybody, not just for some," because people want a president who's "not writing off a big chunk of the country."
Who precisely is insensitive to black-on-black violence, black dropouts and stubbornly high-black unemployment? But this is the kind of shameless world Obama and his mediating minions make, and we're supposed to shut up and live with it.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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