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Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 05/12/2011

Common Sense eludes Sarah Palin


The “controversy”  surrounding a White House poetry event last night that featured famed rapper Common (formerly known as Common Sense) has produced some hilarious reactions. The best was Jon Stewart’s “epic takedown” of Fox News, which was superb in providing some much-needed perspective. But leave it to Sarah Palin to make me chuckle — and scratch my head.

Palin decried the 2007 poem by Common in which he appears to advocate cop-killing (nevermind that after the offending lyric he says, “No time for that, because there’s things to be done/Stay true to what I do so the youth dream come”). But she quickly pointed out that she’s “not a proponent of stifling any kind of free speech. I am obviously a proponent of free speech.” And then she delivered this beauty of an assertion. “I’m not anti-rap. In fact, like Bret Baier, I know the lyrics to ‘Rapper’s Delight,’ too,” Palin said.

Ever since Palin made the claim of knowing the lyrics to the 14-minute rap extravaganza, folks have been asking for proof. My sincerest hope is that if such proof exists, it goes something like this.

But seriously, folks, Palin said something else in that interview that left me fuming.

Even this rapper’s view on interracial relationships — you know, that it’s not a good thing to have people coming together from different races — that’s just an odd thing to embrace. And of all the wonderful talent that's out there all over the country, why a rapper who would glorify a sense of racism and all those things that I've already named, with the inciting the violence and the cop killing — why of all people to invite — why put him on a pedestal in the White House?

Palin is concerned about putting someone on a pedestal who “would glorify a sense of racism”? This from the person who had no problem encouraging Donald Trump when he was glorifying a sense of racism by embracing the birther conspiracy lie. Palin lives in a very large glass house. You’d think by now she’d learn to leave her healthy supply of stones alone.

By  |  04:02 PM ET, 05/12/2011

 
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