Lupe Fiasco has done it again! Security had the Chicago-based hip-hop artist removed from the stage during the presidential inauguration, after performing an anti-war song for 30 minutes.
The song, entitled “Words I Never Said” contains several anti-war sentiments, as well as other issues that go ignored in America.
Here is a snippet of the lyrics spoken by Lupe Fiasco…
I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullsh*t
Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets
How much money does it take to really make a full clip
9/11 building 7 did they really pull it
Uhh, And a bunch of other cover ups
Your childs future was the first to go with budget cuts
If you think that hurts then, wait here comes the uppercut
The school was garbage in the first place, that's on the up and up
Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the uppercrust
You get it then they move it so you never keeping up enough
I will let you decide what side of the coin you are on here, but the lyrics above consists of the feelings of many people today. I happen to agree with most of those sentiments, myself.
I am not ashamed to say that I am anti-war. The war on terror will seemingly never end. I have the upmost respect to anyone that has served in the military. The service they provide is one that I can never repay. I disagree with the idea of constantly training and sending young men and women abroad to give them “life skills”. I find many of the young men and women as the pawns in a chess match run by wealthy people who wouldn’t dare send their children to the military. When many of veterans come home, the “life skills” they have obtained seldom lead them to good paying jobs. Most of the veterans I know are just getting by. Seldom do they receive the dream that they were promised, and as a result, a life that was once promising takes a turn for the worst.
The Damage Left From 9/11
While I am not intelligent enough to suggest anything fishy about 9/11, I will say that the battered economy is due to the egregious defense spending that America does. With most of that spending going overseas in the Middle Eastern countries, there was little funding left for the educational system. Education has taken a huge blow and we are falling behind. If the children are the future, without the proper funding for education, Honey Boo-Boo Child and her associates will continue to teach or kids.
Where does the magic money come from when education is in a crisis? Instead of investing in the future leaders of our free world, schools are shut down and services are cut. For the schools that remain intact, they do not receive new textbooks for years. I know this to be truthful, as I have looked at my kid's textbooks. Science books dated from the late ‘80s are irrelevant in the year 2013 as science is always evolving.
Lupe Fiasco picked a curious time to air out his grievances with President Barack Obama. It happened during the inauguration weekend, a day before we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and right at the heels of the gun control discussions. The First Amendment gives him the right of free speech. Was it the inauguration a proper forum for Lupe Fiasco to speak his mind? The answer depends on whom the message was intended for and for whom he wanted to hear his views.
His anti-war sentiments will tarnish his image in the minds of the people who refuse to recognize the true meaning of his lyrics. What Lupe Fiasco did was no different from anything President Obama’s detractors have done. Why is there a big fuss about it? I do have a theory and here it is.
Lupe Fiasco is an African-American. Barack Obama is America’s first African-American president. How dare Lupe Fiasco go against an African-American president! Lupe Fiasco is a traitor, a sell-out. If this is how you feel about Lupe Fiasco, then you are on the wrong side of the spectrum. Just because President Obama is a man of color, that does not mean he is without flaws and it does not mean that Lupe Fiasco is wrong with his views. Actually, he is not alone in thinking that President Obama must do better.
Tavis Smiley, a renowned activist recently gave President Obama a D-grade regarding his war on poverty. Smiley and fellow activist, Cornel West have both been critical when it comes to President Obama. Several people have come to President Obama’s defense citing several reasons why he is doing what he can as president. Sadly, the one argument I keep hearing is that he must be supported because he is African-American.
As an African-American, I refuse to vote for or support an elected official if I have to decide solely on their race. My loyalties, your loyalties, our loyalties should not be tied by race. President Obama was the better man for the job, better than Mitt Romney and better than John McCain was. That said, President Obama has work to do, as he is far from a perfect president. Poverty in my community is running rampant. Instead of rebuilding several nations abroad, he has plenty of rebuilding to do here. He has to get the guns off the streets and make education, not defense his top priority. He must also remember where he comes from. President Obama ran his campaign in a grassroots type of way, from the local government on up. He is not far removed from the poverty that affects our country. He must begin to acknowledge it and work towards repairing it. He also must keep America out of the endless wars that have our young men and women shipping off daily. It is destroying our youth and ruining our place in the world. This is my theory, as it was Lupe Fiasco’s message. How many of you actually got the point?
To be continued…