Skip to comments.Pro-Al Qaeda Rapper KRS-One: Treasonous Roots, Poisonous Fruits
Posted on 10/24/2004 11:10:40 AM PDT by mrustow
In my previous column on pro-Al Qaeda rapper KRS-One (Kris Parker; hereafter, KOP), I cited the Daily News story from Rush & Molloys gossip column (the husband-and-wife team of George Rush and Joanna Molloy) that quoted him as having cheered when Al Qaeda attacked America and murdered 3,000 people on 911, liberally quoted from KOPs rap/Hip-Hop (r/h) songs, and discussed r/hs ties to black supremacist movements such as the Nation of Islam, the Five Percenters, and the New Black Panther party.
Raps Treasonous Roots
The longtime leader of the Nation of Islam, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad (Elijah Poole; 1897-1975), spent most of World War II in prison for draft evasion and sedition. Poole/Muhammad had not only dodged the draft, but spoke publicly in support of our enemies, the Japanese. In those days, people actually went to jail for sedition and treason!
The Brits did us one better, in hanging William Joyce for his radio performances as Lord Haw-Haw for the Nazis.
During the War in Vietnam, Muhammad/Poole ordered heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay), to refuse to serve in the military, when the latter was drafted. Ali/Clay also made seditious statements: I aint got nothin against no Viet Cong! In a travesty of justice, on appeal, the courts exonerated Ali/Clay, who has since been rehabilitated through a fictional cover story, according to which the willing accomplice of a convicted draft dodger and seditionist was really a prisoner of conscience whose freedom of religion had been violated.
Despite the Nation of Islam having been responsible for the racial murders of at least 15 (the official number), and according to Zebra author, Clark Howard, as many as 270 California whites during the early-to-mid 1970s Zebra crimes, periodically members of the NOI who found it insufficiently genocidal, have broken off from it, and founded their own racial sects, most notably the Five Percenters and New Black Panther party.
Lets look at the October 13 Rush & Molloy item.
KRS-One, decency zero
If Osama Bin Laden ever buys a rap album, he'll probably start with a CD by KRS-One.
The hip-hop anarchist has declared his solidarity with Al Qaeda by asserting that he and other African-Americans cheered when 9/11 happened.
The rapper, whose real name is Kris Parker, defiled the memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks as he spouted off at a recent New Yorker Festival panel discussion.
I say that proudly, the Boogie Down Productions founder went on, insisting that, before the attack, security guards kept black people out of the Trade Center because of the way we talk and dress.
"So when the planes hit the building, we were like, Mmmm - justice.
The atrocity of 9/11 doesn't affect us [the hip-hop community], he said. 9/11 happened to them, not us, he added, explaining that by them he meant the rich ... those who are oppressing us. RCA or BMG, Universal, the radio stations.
Parker's screed drew a loud boo from novelist Tom Kelly, who was in the audience. I lost six friends there on 9/11, Kelly told us afterward.
Parker also sneered at efforts by other rappers to get young people to vote.
Voting in a corrupt society adds more corruption, he added. America has to commit suicide if the world is to be a better place.
Ex-Nirvana rocker Krist Novoselic, who was on the panel, yelled back: That is wrong, man. Suicide is not the answer.
But, judging by Parker's downward-spiraling career, he's already bent on self-destruction.
KOP Fires Back
If anything, Rush and Molloy were too easy on KOP. Lets look at the rappers Rebuttal To NY Daily News Article in All Hiphop.
Like everyone I was shocked to read that I and other African-Americans actually cheered when 911 happened and that I have declared my solidarity with Al Qaeda. When I read my words taken out of context I was shocked and disappointed that the Daily News would go this far to assassinate my character and distort my views.
Such statements with no follow up explanation or interview from KRS-ONE as to what he may have meant or even a complete quote of my point is simply irresponsible journalism on the Daily News part. I would never just say something as crazy as we cheered when 911 happened! I was making an objective point about how many Hiphoppas as well as the oppressed peoples of the world felt that day.
I am a philosopher and a critical thinker, I speak truth and I urge people to think critically about themselves and their environment. Yes, my words are strong. Yes, my views are controversial. But to call me a terrorist is simply wrong!
A young lady asked about what we can do beyond voting to change the political state of things in our country? I responded not by irresponsibly stating that America has to commit suicide if the world is to be a better place and thats all. I am a poet and I speak poetically. My full statement was America has to commit suicide if the world is to be a better place.
If you want to go beyond voting American interests must put a gun to its head and commit suicide because as long as we are only interested in American interests we go out and invade the rest of the world. The real question is are you a citizen of the United States or are you a citizen of the world? And so for me, I would say voting in a corrupt society adds more corruption.
I was asked by the New Yorker magazine to discuss different and personal beliefs musicians hold and the contribution artists like myself can make to the nations political dialog. My views were indeed different and most were personal. However, when I was asked about why Hiphop has not engaged the current situation more (meaning 911) my responds was because it does not affect us, or at least we dont perceive that it effects us, 911 happened to them. I went on to say that I am speaking for the culture now; I am not speaking my personal opinion. I continued to say; 911 effected them down the block; the rich, the powerful those that are oppressing us as a culture. Sony, RCA or BMG, Universal, the radio stations, Clear Channel, Viacom with BET and MTV, those are our oppressors those are the people that were trying to overcome in Hiphop everyday, this is a daily thing. We cheered when 911 happened in New York and say that proudly here. Because when we were down at the trade center we were getting hit over the head by cops, told that we cant come in this building, hustled down to the train station because of the way we dressed and talked, and so on, we were racially profiled. So, when the planes hit the building we were like; mmmm justice. And just as I began to say now of course a lot of our friends and family were lost there as well but I was interrupted.
My intent is never to demean or disrespect anyones loss or gain; and of course I did not literally cheer when 911 happened. I made an objective statement about the feelings of those who were oppressed by world trade policies. I was just as saddened as everyone else on 911. However, for many of us that were racially profiled and harassed by the Worlds Trade Centers security and the police patrolling that area as well as the thousands of American protesters that spoke out against the World Trade Organization months before in Seattle, Washington there was a sense of justice, a sense of change, a wake up call watching the twin towers fall.
These are not my views only; these views represent a popular truth that few people are really ready to hear. No one wished death on anyone or just sat and cheered when 911 happened. But some of us can see through the bullshit! America must change its approach to the world and its citizens. This, I believe is what all Americans should be thinking about. How do we make our country better?
KOP also told his readers not to believe anything the Daily News says. But they dont have to take the word of the News. In the same screed, he admitted that he cheered the 911 attack. We cheered when 911 happened in New York and say that proudly here.
(And to think, back in 1996, white Daily News reporter Gene Mustain blackwashed the 1995 Harlem Massacre carried out by black supremacist Roland Smith Jr. aka Abubunde Mulocko -- in which Smith murdered seven people, before committing suicide -- and libeled the target of the massacre, Jewish shopkeeper Fred Harari. Whats with these terrorists? Wheres the gratitude?)
KOP denied having said that America has to commit suicide if the world is to be a better place, only to correct the record by saying America has to commit suicide if the world is to be a better place. (America means white people; KOP surely does not wish authentically black Americans to commit mass suicide. Black supremacists and leftists define blacks who support or engage in mayhem as authentic, while showering racist epithets on blacks who oppose mayhem.)
30 Cops or More: The Larry Davis Case
But when them come to arrest a black man, they need 30 cops or more.. well now When they arrest a black man, they need 30 cops or more.. well now hey
Years ago a black man couldn't be a cop They could only be great dancers When the whole police department was white Justice, was the Black Panthers We've been robbed of our religion our government and social position And you won't see no quick solution Until you see the black revolution
From 30 Cops or More, by KRS-One.
The above KOP screed, from 1990, refers to the 1986 case of Larry Davis, a hero to black supremacists and white leftists. Consider the description of Troy Reeds 2003 documentary film, The Larry Davis Story, which introduced it to an audience at a free, black, Harlem Film Festival underwritten by the white-owned corporation, Martell Cognac.
At the age of 19, took the NYC Police Department on one of the largest manhunts in the history of NY State. After this intensive 17-day manhunt, Davis turned himself in to the FBI, in exchange for their guarantee to investigate the NYPD's involvement in drug deals that he was forced to participate as a teenager. For the first time ever, Davis speaks out about the night in 1986 when 30 police officers came to assassinate him for backing out of a drug deal.
Troy Reeds description of Davis is an exercise in fiction. Larry Davis who now calls himself Adam Abdul Hakeem was a suspected serial killer who was wanted for the robbery and murder of at least six drug dealers. It is because he was considered so dangerous, that police dispatched 20-odd officers to arrest him. And the police perception of danger proved accurate. In the ensuing firefight, Davis wounded nine officers. There was no FBI agreement to investigate police corruption, because the cover story about rogue police officers was only concocted after Davis arrest, by his radical defense attorney, William Kunstler. Kunstler also argued, contradictorily, that black rage justified Davis acts. Kunstler could mount such an outrageous, contradiction-riddled defense, because the jury was so racist and criminal-friendly, that it had decided in advance to engage in jury nullification and acquit Davis, no matter what Kunstlers defense was. (Following another racist jurys exercise in nullification on behalf of O.J. Simpson, David Horowitz explained the rise of urban, black, racist jury nullification. Horowitz observed that, figures like the ever corrupt Marion Barry, the felon Rodney King, the thug Damian Williams, the cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, and now O. J. Simpson himself have all been embraced as heroes of the struggle as worthy of admiration as Rosa Parks. This inability to discriminate right from wrong and heroes from perpetrators suggests that what now calls itself the civil-rights movement has not only lost its moorings and its morality, but in some sense has lost its mind as well.)
As Michele McPhee of the New York Daily News has written, The shootout turned Davis into a criminal folk hero.
In 1987, Davis was acquitted of all of the counts of attempted murder and assault on the 20-odd cops he fired on, including the nine he wounded, but was convicted of possession of an illegal weapon, and sentenced to 5-15 years in prison. In 1991, he was convicted by a different Bronx jury of murdering a drug dealer. He will be eligible for parole in 2016.
To Bronx juries, the lives of drug dealers are worth more than the lives of police officers.
To recap, KRS-One, the apostle of non-violence who founded the Stop the Violence movement, but who also has been known to assault rival rappers, wrote a paean to one of the most bloodthirsty criminals of the most violent, racist borough in New York City, in which he wistfully recalled the days when the Black Panthers murdered police officers, and looked forward to a bloody, black revolution. Got it?
Racial Profiling and Corporate Oppression
I think we can safely disregard KOPs statements alleging police and corporate oppression.
If, as KRS-One contends, Port Authority police officers at the World Trade Center had assaulted young black men, based merely on the color of their skin, it would have been news around the world. Race hustlers would have sued the Port Authority for $1 billion. Just last year, race hustlers succeeded at shaking down the City of New York for $167,500, via a frivolous racial profiling lawsuit.
On the other hand, if KOPs complaint about the WTC police because of the way we dressed and talked, and so on, was a code phrase for engaging in the sort of disorderly conduct and racial harassment of whites that so many New York blacks consider their birthright, and that is tolerated and even encouraged by local authority figures, it is possible that Port Authority (PA) police did run black toughs out of the complex. (The PA Police is a regional force composed of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans, and which serves in both states.) For unlike most of New York City, which is daily terrorized by and so on, is policed by the racially whipped NYPD, and is a wreck, the World Trade Center actually functioned.
If girly-man KOP were half as tough as he depicts himself, he wouldnt complain about getting smacked around by the PA police. Since the charge of racial profiling is a race hoax that in its present form was concocted in 1999, and since KOP is a fan of murderous black criminals and has a homicidal hatred of the police, the most reasonable conclusion one can draw, until proven otherwise, is that his claims are pure fiction, and that he is just another black race hustler.
When KOP speaks of thousands of American protesters that spoke out against the World Trade Organization months before  in Seattle, Washington, he is referring not to protesters who spoke out, but to anarchist terrorists who rioted.
Its a White Thing, You Wouldnt Understand
As for the notion that white corporations oppress black hiphoppers and blacks in general, white-owned corporations made r/h a cultural and commercial force. KOP owes his celebrity to the white-owned corporation, RCA, which not only signed him to a recording contract in 1987 through its subsidiary, Jive, but stuck with him, after his recording partner, Scott La Rock (Scott Sterling), was shot to death in 1988. And as Rolling Stone reported on October 14, in recent years he actually served as an executive with Dreamworks Records. KOP is a creature of white, corporate America.
While blacks have gladly forked over their money to those same white-owned corporations, it is whites who have made r/h the multi-billion-dollar business that it is. There are three simple reasons for this: There are six times as many whites as blacks in America; unlike blacks, who virtually never spend money on white singers, whites have always bought recordings by blacks; and black billionaires and multimillionaires are unwilling to invest billions of dollars in the production, distribution, and marketing of music cds and videos, r/h or otherwise.
Every time a black entertainment form has become popular, whether it was the art of jazz or Motown, or the garbage that is r/h, it was whites that made it popular and lent it legitimacy. Were whites to boycott r/h, it would disappear tomorrow. Even black supremacy exists as a cultural and political power, only to the degree that white elites and white parents indulge it.
If KOP were merely an isolated imbecile, he would not be worth any bandwidth. But as r/h writer Steve Huey reports, to this day, he remains one of hip-hop's most outspoken and respected intellectuals. Intellectuals. Huey continues, Taking on issues like black-on-black crime, police brutality, education, and spirituality, KRS-One found his audience growing and the mainstream paying attention to his message. The New York Times invited him to write editorials, and he found intense demand for his views on the college lecture circuit. Presumably, the Times had an editor re-write KOPs illiterate utterances into a semblance of English.
Beyond the r/h subculture, racist and anti-American statements by black New Yorkers are as much a part of daily life in the big city, however, as are black-on-white racial assaults. And yet, there is a virtual blackout on reporting such incidents and statements in the New York media. The blackout is the work of racist, black newsroom enforcers and their white allies. (In January 1991, after I was attacked in the subway by a spontaneously-forming black-and-Hispanic gang, a white NYPD detective acknowledged that such racial assaults on whites are a daily occurrence, but that for political reasons, there are some things you cant say. And things only got worse under Mayor Rudy Giuliani (1994-2001). The much-vaunted crime-fighting revolution under Giuliani involved the systemic fudging of crime statistics.)
It is because the Daily News violated the blackout, that KOP is so angry. Perhaps because they were gossip columnists, Rush and Molly hadnt gotten the memo. (On a personal note, I used to freelance for New York Newsday, New Yorks most leftwing daily. In 1991, I violated the blackout, and was punished by being whitelisted.)
Recall that KOP complained that he was misquoted, only to show that he had been quoted exactly. Logically, he was engaging in self-contradiction. Psychologically, what was going on was more like this: The Daily News writers criticized KOP. The media are not supposed to criticize authentically black men. The truth of what KOP said is for him beside the point. As far he is concerned, the News was obliged to put a positive spin on what he said, and air-brush his most treasonous statements. Thats called, respect (read: deference).
Ultimately, the mystery isnt why reporters typically dont report on black racism and anti-Americanism, but why, as in KOPs case, they occasionally do.
Of course, you are correct. The NOI is a domestic terrorist operation. But it'll never happen.
I understand what you're saying. However, KRS-One is more of a Five-Percenter, not a member of the NoI.
I have no love at all for either group. Just trying to keep the record straight.
You need to go get a bite of soap.
You'll be no good to anybody (marines or anyone else) unless you control your mouth.
I don't allow my kids to use that word and I don't hang around people who lack the maturity to control what comes out of their mouth. I would suggest that you ask the Admin Mod to remove the comment and we will forget this ever happened.
As much as I despise the ACLU, not because it defends civil liberties, but because it has ceased doing so, and become a partisan organization, but I fail to see any legal justification for shutting it down.
No ! You are wrong you can restrain your anger and your cursing.But you choose not to.
Here's a friendly piece of advice, you can take it for what it's worth, and deal with it accordingly.
If you continue on the site, in the manner that your posts have shown to date, showing disrespect, displaying a know it all sort of attitude, cursing.
I don't think you'll last long on the board,
or in the Marines Corps for that matter.
This fellow gets handed every material and creative advantage by the country he's spitting on. Thanks to capitalism, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, he can be the total jackass he is.
Strange paradox, that. Too bad he's too lacking in irony or sense to appreciate it.
On the other hand, I don't know that anyone has ever claimed that American rap artists are even remotely close to intelligent. To the contrary. If you put their brains in the head of an ant, they would rattle like BBs in a matchbox.
Tales of this nature represent the keystone upon which I build by case that America has no culture; for only here may a man dissent to the point of deserved forced-dissolution and live to profit from it and simultaneously celebrate the damage to those to whom he thoughtlessly owes so much.
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