When a rap he wrote as a teenager ended up on MySpace years later, Antavio Johnson found the police at his door—and now, he’s been sentenced to two years’ hard time for a song lyric. Soon after Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates was arrested after mouthing off to the police, charges of disorderly conduct against the feisty African-American professor were dropped like a hot potato in a firestorm of racial controversy. But consider the fate another African-American signifier who mouthed off to the police—this one, a hot-headed 20-year-old who, two weeks ago, was handed a two-year prison sentence for some rap lyrics he wrote when he was a teenager. Click here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-08-08/does-this-kid-deserve-2-years-for-rap-lyrics/ for the full story.
There are indeed a few things this kid did wrong, no denying that, but 2 years in jail seems a bit harsh to me (for his actions). While this is like comparing apples to oranges (to a degree), just a few days ago during the President’s Town Hall Meeting, a jerk showed up with a loaded gun outside of those activities to protest, and nothing happened to him except for getting interviews on Faux News Channel and MSNBC. I think what that “gun carrying guy” did by his actions, was far worse than some wise ass kid using poor judgement by the words he spoke as a teenager. The gun toting man had the potential to assassinate President Obama right there on the spot (in my opinion)! (Thanks SunnyC for sending in the corrections for clarification on the ending of this post! You know we appreciate that!)
When you all read the full story, you’ll read that the author of the article shares information that happened with her 12 year old son. Essentially, it was the same type of action, but the punishment in that case was “a $400 fine and a tongue lashing”. To me, this speaks to the clear racism that seems to be more prevelant than it’s ever been since the late 60’s and 70’s in this country. This Black President of ours, is forcing the covert racists to come out in droves! Only in America!!!