I have been following a bit of this Common controversy and it just hit me that white people do not understand rap music can be metaphorical. I was think of the opposite side of this. Even if Common was making “cop killing” and incendiary remarks against Bush, that does not mean that he was going to do it. It is an allegory. Just because you kill someone in a lyric or a play or a movie, that does not mean that you hate them. It is an exploration, and a visceral one at that, of the tendencies of life. Metaphorically expressed violence contemplates our physically expressed violence. Denying this also means denying the existence of violence. It is truly a white washing of the issues.