Lupe Fiasco is known for being a politically conscious rapper. While other rappers are spittin’ nonsense about dimes, rims, and diamonds, Lupe is rhyming about politics and presidents. Lupe doesn’t dwell in a pretend world of rented Maybachs and Bentleys, he’s too aware for that. He deals in real life and real struggles, and writes about what he sees from his perspective, and his interpretations.
Lupe has a lot to say about a lot of issues, but he’s saved some of his most unkind words for President Obama. In a radio interview with Philly’s Power 99, Lupe outright called Obama is a baby killer.
“One hand, you have someone who is a great speaker, but kills little children – our president,” he said. “I’m talking about ordering a drone attack. Ordering drone attacks that go and kill mothers, innocent bystanders, children. Militants too, but the collateral damage. You’re responsible for that, too.”
Lupe doesn’t accept the excuse that he children killed during drone attacks were not the intended targets.
“Drug dealers can say the same thing. I didn’t mean to kill all the people in the restaurant. I was just trying to get that one dude who killed my cousin. Just so happened that that little girl was there. Same thing.”
It is no secret that drone attacks have increased under President Obama, and asConor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic points out, drone attacks raise questions that the Obama administration has refused to answer:
Should the criteria for being put on a kill list remain secret, or should there be consistent standards that are promulgated and debated? Does the Constitutional guarantee of due process and Article III treason provisions imply a judicial role when American citizens are placed on a kill list, or is the Obama Administration correct that intra-executive branch deliberations can satisfy the requirement of due process? Should the strikes be carried out by the U.S. military or the CIA? In determining how many of the people we kill are innocent civilians, should we presume that all dead males of military age were in fact enemies of the United States?
And since law enforcement agencies are now buying drones as well, this should send a chill down the spine of every American, but especially black Americans, who are already being stopped and frisked in NYC without cause.
Before you say that Lupe is out of line, think about the intended role of a rapper, or any artist for that matter. Compare Lupe’s speaking truth to power to Jay-Z’s bragging about having “Obama on the text.” Which is real hip-hop? Is hip-hop supposed to speak truth to power or cozy up to it? Or does anyone even care anymore?
I understand the disrespect he faces but him being black does NOT mean that I will ignore ANY of the fuckery in/under his administration… And this is all while still having feels for the man… But I think my feels are for what I thought he could be and NOT for what he is!!!
Aside from being happy that a black man is in office, what would they have to say about his foreign and domestic policies and how they affect the brown people in the world!!!
Dean Chris Edley volunteered that he’d been party to very high-level discussions during Obama’s transition about prosecuting the criminals. He said they decided against it. I asked why. Two reasons: 1) it was thought that the CIA, NSA, and military would revolt, and 2) it was thought the [Republicans] would retaliate by blocking every piece of legislation they tried to move (which, of course, they’ve done anyhow).
Afterwards I told him that CIA friends confirmed that Obama would have been in danger, but I added that he bent over backwards to protect the criminals, and gave as an example the DOJ’s defense (state secrets) of Jeppesen (the rendition arm of Boeing) a few days after his inauguration.
He shrugged and said they will never be prosecuted, and that sometimes politics trumps rule of law.
“It must not,” I said.
“It shouldn’t,” he said, and walked off.
This is the Dean of the Berkeley School of Law.
This was writtn by Susan Harman and the quote confirmed by Christopher Edley Jr, Dean of the Berkeley School of Law. The extent of the influence of the military industrial complex doesn’t at all surprise me, but the fact that the President had to take his physical safety into account when making a decision whether or not to prosecute people who had clearly committed crimes shocks me to my core.
WHAT? WHAT? WHAT THE LOVING FUCK?! HOW IS THIS NOT EVERYWHERE? HOW IS THIS NOT A THING WE ARE ALL FUCKING TALKING ABOUT?
JESUS FUCK, SMASH THE STATE!
This is about what I figured. I’m just surprised somebody involved said it out loud.
Yup, I’ve never had any doubt that multiple political factions have enlisted the massive pool of racist animosity and potential for violence that is always aimed at the first US black President to get their way in these kinds of matters. We still must concede he nonetheless has agency, but this is the world we live in. In conversation more than once, going back years, I’ve suggested that he’s no doubt been warned quite directly. PoC usually have no trouble understanding how this would happen. We know how (white) men with guns feel about brown, black, and golden men exerting authority.
I’m sure they will find another reason to gripe about his non-whiteness!
Well Mr. Obama, What if a significant number of the middle class working people and the poor don’t have boats while the rich and super rich have yachts and cruise-liners? Who rises with the tides? I have to keep reminding myself that the change we need will come from us and he’s still a politician.