Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Free Weezy & Boosie?!? Negroes Please.

Look, I'm all about taking a stance when the cause is appropriate. As a 6 year old, I still remember singing "We Shall Overcome" and going on a grueling 15 mile civil rights march (I don't remember the exact cause, but I do remember the McDonald's cheese danish I was rewarded with at the end) alongside my Dad. I believe in the democratic process, so I register folks to vote. I believe in the value of education, so I tutor. I believe "the chill'ren are our fuuuuuuturrrrre", so I am (despite what I said last Winter) back to coaching youth basketball again. It's important to stand for something, or, well, you know the idiom.

That said, I am wondering what in the Holy Hades is in the water down there in N'Awlins.
Six people were arrested by the New Orleans Police Department Monday after allegedly spray-painting graffiti on a building in the French Quarter during an apparent protest over the incarceration of several local rap artists, according to police.

Off-duty police officers saw the suspects spray-painting "Free Lil Wayne" on the side of a building in the 900 block of Conti Street around 9 p.m. and notified the NOPD, according to spokesman Janssen Valencia.

New Orleans born rap star Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter, pleaded guilty in October to attempted weapons possession and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence. He is currently out on bond.

The men also placed a banner across Royal and Canal streets calling on authorities to release Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch, a Baton Rouge rapper who pleaded guilty in September to a marijuana possession charge and is currently in prison. The group also placed police barricades and metal garbage cans in the 100 block of Burgundy to halt traffic.

When officers arrived, the suspects fled but were apprehended nearby, Valencia said. The six subjects were charged with disturbing the peace, resisting arrest by flight and criminal damage to property.

Three of the suspects were listed as homeless, two were from Monroe and the third from Pennsylvania.
"Three of the suspects were listed as homeless."

Hmmm, I guess that explains something. Exactly what, I'm not sure, but something. On the bright side, at least there weren't any typos on the banners.

Uhhh, let's get this straight: Lil' Wayne, and Lil' Boosie are not political prisoners. They are not Mandela, not Malcolm, not Martin, not Mumia, heck, not even Mysonne Linen. They are just plain felons. Lil' Wayne ain't even in prison yet!!! last I checked, he was celebrating the birth of his latest child (the 6th this calendar year, I think) with an extra large cup of lean. I wonder if he'll spring for bail of these poor, misguided souls. Prolly not, cause I'm betting his child support tab leaves little to spare.

Seriously, this has to be about the most ignant thing I've heard since Master P's sister yelled out "Where Is Obama?!!?" when C-Murder was doled out his recent sentence. As if Barack doesn't have more important sh* t to do than worry about some F-List cRapper who shot and killed a 16 year old in a club fight that was captured on film. And BTW, the guy's name is freakin' C-Murder!!! What did you expect, a pardon?!? His name is not Scooter Libby.

Hold tight to that Lever 2000, buddy. And ditto to the N'Awlins Six.

Question: Is there a thin line between drive by activism and plain stupidity? is there any artist/entertainer that you'd protest for?

Calling for rappers' release, six charged with spray-painting graffiti in the French Quarter [NOTimesPic]

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