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Meanwhile, Patrick Courrielche finds another White-House-invited poet with interracial hang ups and Russel Simmons speciously calls Sean Hannity a racist, as though two wrongs make a right, anyway.
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Not that he puts it that baldly (he only fantasizes about killing Republican Presidents) but he has said that black men should not be dating white women, which applies in an obvious way to Obama’s own parents.
Of course the more basic reality is that Common is an uncommonly shallow man who really hasn’t thought through what he is saying at all. Let me quote extensively from an interview with the UK magazine Touch via Big Government:
TOUCH: This is a lyric from the track ‘Heat’ on your ‘Like Water For Chocolate’ album: “State senators, life twirls, most sell out – like a dread with a white girl.” Explain please.
COMMON: Rastafarianism is a black culture. When you see dreadlocked dudes with white girls that’s like they going against what the dreadlock’s purpose was. The dreadlock was a symbol of black love and the black people gettin’ to a certain level. In America we’ve got a lot of dreadlocked dudes and all you see them with is white girls. I don’t think there’s anything the matter with somebody loving somebody from another race but it’s almost like a stereotype that if you’ve got dreadlocks you go out with a white girl. I just feel like, as black men, we do have to be aware that, yo, every time we step out with some woman it’s setting an example for our daughters and it’s also representing something for our mothers. If you can’t really love your own, how can you really love others?
TOUCH: So you don’t agree with mixed race relationships?
COMMON: I disagree with them. It’s a lack of self-love. It’s a problem.
TOUCH: Have you ever dated outside your race?
COMMON: Nah, not dated [giggles].
TOUCH: Have you slept with anybody outside your race?
COMMON: Yeah, I definitely have.
TOUCH: So sleeping with someone outside your race is OK but dating isn’t?
COMMON: People got their choice. I’m not telling them how to live their lives. I just tell them what I think about and what I feel about certain situations. Dealing with having sex with a white girl is something I have encountered and I’m not acting like white girls and other races are not people. We all people: children of God. But our race has been damaged. Sometimes to get back up to the level of respect and love, you’ve gotta stick with your own for a minute and build a certain amount of strength and community within yours so that other people can respect and honour your traditions.
TOUCH: How do you feel about a black person dating a mixed race person of black and white parentage?
COMMON: Ah man, if you’ve got one black parent and one white parent, then the majority of the time you considered black. People don’t look at Tiger Woods and see he’s mixed. They say he’s a black golfer, even if he say he’s something else. Look, I ain’t here to judge people’s relationships. I’m more about, “Hey black people, I see you out there talking about how you a Rastafarian, but you only wanna date white women”. Is that what Rastafarianism is based on?
TOUCH: Rastafarianism has different houses with different views. Though Rastafarianism is about celebrating who you are and where you’re from, isn’t it also about loving people regardless of creed or colour?
COMMON: I don’t know all the bases of Rastafarianism, but I know that it stems from Africa and Ethiopia and really came into fruition in Jamaica during the time that the blacks were being oppressed.
So let’s break it down, shall we? He opposes dating outside of his race, but not sex. Big Government’s John Nolte puts it this way: “He not only opposes the mixing of the races, he sees women outside his race as nothing more than objects of personal sexual gratification.” But respectfully, I think he’s imagining way too much logic in Common’s views. As you can see from the article, he thinks somehow being willing to only have sex with a person of another race affirms that he believes that “[w]e [are] all people: children of God.” So in his screwed up reasoning being willing to have sex with a person of another color affirms their basic humanity. Hey, Common, you know what would really affirm their humanity? If you actually showed interest in them for more than just sex, but got to know them through a series of interactions known as dating. Just a thought.
And he says it is all about “self-love.” Certainly self-hate is a bad thing. Black women should not feel that they are automatically ugly because they are black as they have in the past and maybe some even feel today. I won’t say “black is beautiful” because that expresses a racial preference. But I will say black is equally beautiful, as is yellow, white, red and so on.
But again, if he thinks that dating black women exclusively is about affirming that black is beautiful, then doesn’t sex outside of his race undermine that?
Further, he says “I’m not telling them how to live their lives” but isn’t that what this entire discussion is about? Common sitting in judgment about how others live their lives? And then of course the interviewer challenges him further, by bringing up the biracial argument, he basically goes with the “one drop rule.” Which at least means that while he objects to Barack Obama’s existence, once his existence is conceded, he is just fine with Barry marrying Michele. So he isn’t likely to call the First Lady a sell out, a positive sign. And then he goes on to preach about what Rastafarianism is about, and then when challenged, admits that he doesn’t really know much about the subject.
And then there is the uncomfortable fact that he appeared at a racist church talking about “building a nation”:
And really, seriously, no one who has supported that racist church should be in the White House.
Full disclosure: As most regulars know I am married to a woman of a different race (she is a mostly-Asian-descended mutt, and I am a European-descended mutt). You might say that means I am biased and thus take Common’s comments personally. And maybe I am–so what of it?
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]