Race Pandering Law Of The Year, And Of Course It’s In California…

…and also of course, master progressive panderer Gov. Gavin Newsom signed it into law.

Newsom signed a bill yesterday to limiting the use of hip-hop lyrics as evidence in the criminal trials of rappers, a blatant sop to the African-American fans of the artists, inevitably black, who have an alarming record for assaulting, battering, raping or killing people

The law, welcomed by rappers, their fans, record producers, record industry executives and Black Lives Matter, is the first in the country to ensure someone’s “creative expression” is not used to “introduce stereotypes or active bias” against a defendant or be used as evidence in a trial against them. Yes, that would be because Assembly Bill 2799 is an unnecessary law that would only surface in one of the very few states so thoroughly addled by extreme Leftist ethics rot that such a monstrosity would even be considered without causing crippling laughing fits. A similar bill in New York failed earlier this year—yes, New York is one of those states.

The California law states that rap lyrics and other creative expression can only create circumstantial evidence of motive or intent behind an alleged crime and introducing them into evidence creates a significant risk of unfair prejudice against a defendant. It also requires courts to determine if song lyrics are admissible as evidence and whether content should be linked to an alleged crime. Well, 1) that’s pretty much the state of criminal law already, and 2) judges make such evidentiary decisions about whether circumstantial evidence is prejudicial or not as part of their job. A prosecutor seeking to use rappers’ lyrics in a trial as evidence of the rapper’s guilt would always face a defense objection. The new law requires a judge to first review and decide whether to allow such lyrical proof, which they would do anyway.

Let’s see; imagine a hip-hop artist whose most recent hit is a song about running his “bitch” through a woodchipper, and the rapper’s girlfriend turns up woodchipped. Would letting the jury know about the song lyrics unjustly “introduce stereotypes or active bias”?

One of the rappers cheering the new law is Anerae Veshaughn Brown, better known as X-Raided, a former 24th Street Garden Blocc Crip gang member and a successful hip-hop artist who spent 26 years in prison for first degree murder. In March of 1992, he accompanied fellow gang members as they broke into a home to kill two brothers in a rival gang. X-Raided and two of homeys opened fire on a shadowy figure that turned out to be 42-year old Patricia Harris, the mother of their intended victims.

X-Raided swore he didn’t kill her, but the fact that the murder weapon matched the ballistics of the gun pictured on his most recent album cover was, as they say in criminal defense work, “a problem.” So were the graphic lyrics of one of his delightful songs that went, “I’m killin’ mamas, daddies and nephews/I’m killin’ sons, daughters and sparin’ you.” When he was paroled, the rapper told reporters, “No one conspired to kill Mrs. Harris, but we conspired to harm those dudes. I was looking for them to do them harm. I meant them harm. And that’s the truth.”

Now he says he believes he would have been acquitted if prosecutors had been barred from referencing his lyrics. And wouldn’t that have been wonderful!

Superstar rapper/actor Ice Cube, a rapper who has avoided conflicts with the justice system, supports the law, telling TMZ that rap is just entertainment, “like Stephen King novels.” Good point. But if King’s wife’s dismembered body was found in a snowbound hotel with a bloody axe nearby and King was a registered guest at the time, I’m guessing that “The Shining” might be considered relevant to the eventual trial.

9 thoughts on “Race Pandering Law Of The Year, And Of Course It’s In California…

  1. “Superstar rapper/actor Ice Cube, a rapper who has avoided conflicts with the justice system, supports the law, telling TMZ that rap is just entertainment,”

    What should be troubling is that lyrics that romanticize violence is that popular entertainment. The lyrics may not accurately portray the artist’s character, but it must certainly say something about those that consume the artistic expression.

    If rap music is a “musical” artistic expression of life in the hood, then it is what is introducing the stereotype of black youth and not its use in a criminal trial.

    • I should add isn’t a “lived experience “ “truth”? Aren’t these rap songs about lived experience or is it just made up to appeal to people that like songs about violence?

      • Re: “lived experience”
        If true, then the abundance of rap lyrics devoted to the denigration and disassembly of females should be cause for concern and given that, why on earth would anyone date a rapper?

  2. A husband, Justin Barber, was convicted of killing his wife about 18 years ago. One of the pieces of evidence used against him was that he has listened to the Guns & Roses song ” I Used to Love Her But I Had to Kill Her” multiple times before her death.

    Or the case of serial arsonist John Orr who was writing a book of fiction about a serial arsonist. The manuscript contained details about the real life fires that he shouldn’t have known.

    These guys are white. Was it fair to use their choice of artistic expression against them?

  3. As an aside, I am in my 74th year of life. As the years accumulate my hope that hip-hop/rap will come to an end wanes. I long for the day for music to have melody, harmony, and rhythm, as well as uplifting to the human spirit.

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