Skip to comments.Pro-Al Qaeda Rapper KRS-One: Treasonous Roots, Poisonous Fruits
Posted on 11/16/2004 4:51:49 PM PST by mrustow
If KRS-ONE were merely an isolated imbecile, he would not be worth any bandwidth. But he is widely recognized as one of hip-hop's most outspoken and respected intellectuals.
Has sedition become a civil right?
In my previous column on pro-Al Qaeda rapper KRS-One (Kris Parker; hereafter, "KOP"), I cited the Daily News story from "Rush & Molloy's" 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 KOP's rap/Hip-Hop (r/h) "songs," and discussed r/h's ties to black supremacist movements such as the Nation of Islam, the Five Percenters, and the New Black Panther party.
Rap's 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 his follower, 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 ain't got nothing against no Viet Cong!" In a travesty of justice, on appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court 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 Clark Howard, the author of Zebra, 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.
Let's look at the October 13 Rush & Molloy item.
KRS-One, decency zero
KOP Fires Back
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.
KOP also told his readers not to believe anything the Daily News says. But they don't 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."
But when them come to arrest a black man, they need 30 cops or more.. well nowThe 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 Reed's 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, he 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 in 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 Reed's 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 Kunstler's defense was.
(Following another racist jury's exercise in nullification on behalf of O.J. Simpson, David Horowitz explained the rise of urban, black 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 KOP's 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 KOP's 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 wouldn't complain about getting smacked around by the PA police. Real tough guys don't go around crying, "The mean, old poweece gave me a boo-boo!" 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.
It's a White Thing, You Wouldn't 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 rarely 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.
Can't We All Just Get Along?
After an earlier version of this essay appeared on the Web, I heard from none other than "Grouchy Greg," as the editor and publisher of allhiphop.com calls himself. (Mr. Greg? Mr. Grouchy?)
Subject: Re: Nice Article on KRS
In a message dated 10/24/2004 2:08:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: Can I run this in our editorial section?
Fifteen minutes later, I responded:
As long as you don't change it, be my guest!
I won't change ONE word. Thanks so much, it adds the great balance I look for for our site. I don't agree with you, but that's cool, we don't have to agree. Thanks again and if you ever want to post your editorials related to hip hop (I know you probably don't write them frequently), please let me know.
if one idiot is respected by a large group of idiots, it does not make him or them any less stupid. This person will be forgotten except by his family in years to come. No one will even remember his existance, so what he says does not matter.
Isn't this KRS-One idiot the rapper that R.E.M. had on their tune "Radio Song"?
The one with the stupid lyrics:
What are you sayin'?
Who you obeyin'?
Day out and day in...
I used to let the mic smoke
Now I slam it when I'm done
And make sure it's broke
When I'm gone
No one gets on
Cuz I won't let
Nobody press up or mess up
The scene I set
I used to stand in the crowd
And watch the people wonder, "Damn!"
But think about it
Then you'll understand
I'm just an addict
Addicted to music
Maybe it's a habit
I gotta use it
Even if it's jazz
Or the Quiet Storm
I hook the beat up
Convert it to hip-hop form
Write a rhyme in grafitti and
Every show you see me in
Cuz I'm no comedian
Jokerz are wild
If ya wanna be tamed
I'll treat you like a child
Then you're gonna be named
Not even a friend of me
Cuz you'll be fried
In the end if you pretend to be
Cuz I just put your mind on pause
And I can beat you when you compare my rhyme with yours
I wake you up
And as I stare in your face you seem stunned
The one you got your idea from?
But soon you start to suffer
The toon'll get rougher
When you start to stutter
That's when you've had enough of
Bitin' it'll make you choke
You can't provoke
You can't cope
You shoulda broke
Cuz I ain't no joke.
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