The PJ Tatler

Sister Souljah as MLK Day Reading?

Yes, at the Cincinnati Public Library.

Sister Souljah was a 1990s rapper whose hateful lyrics brought a rebuke from Bill Clinton during the 1992 campaign:

Angry rappers, such as Sister Souljah and Ice-T, speak for a generation of black youths with little faith in the mainstream political system. This week they both got a chance to talk to Middle America on the network news and talk shows.

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton criticized Sister Souljah for contributing to racial polarization last Saturday when addressing Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition.

Souljah, whose real name is Lisa Williamson, was quoted in the Washington Post as saying, “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people.”

Clinton condemned the remarks, and was critical of Jackson’s organization for giving her a forum.

Her message In “The Hate That Hate Produced,” was, “Souljah was not born to make white people feel comfortable/I am African first, I am black first/I want what’s good for me and my people first/And if my survival means your total destruction, then so be it.”

Jackson defended Souljah and accused Clinton of using the incident to embarrass him.

As noted here and here, Souljah’s book has little if any relevance to Martin Luther King Day, while her career in music makes a mockery of his memory.