President Obama invited some rappers to the White House to get their ideas on criminal justice issues. It became clear that one of them had special knowledgeable when his ankle bracelet started beeping.
The ankle bracelet belonged to rapper Ricky Ross. The New York Daily News reports:
The ankle bracelet is a condition of the “Hustlin’” singer’s release after his 2015 kidnapping charge.
The U.S. Marshals Service picked Ross up in Georgia last June and collared him for kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery after a dispute between the rapper and a man working on one of his homes.
Ross and a bodyguard allegedly forced the worker into a guesthouse bedroom and pistol-whipped him with a .9-mm Glock, according to police.
Though he was initially held without bail, in July TMZ reported that a judge allowed him to be released on $2 million bail with a GPS ankle monitor.
Ross reportedly was not surprised by the bracelet’s outburst because it’s new and beeps randomly.
Other White House guests were Chance the Rapper, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae. It was part of President Obama's My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which supposedly will help young minority men stay out of the clinker–well, wearing an ankle bracelet is certainly an alternative.
This guest list encapsulates Obama's view of how to reform criminal justice: invite those who represent the worst in our culture, including one guest who is alleged to have kidnapped and pistol-whipped somebody, to air their views at the White House.
Since Obama believes that the high incarceration rate of young black men is the result not of criminal activity but of society's racism, I bet Ross was not called upon to repent or even to say where he might have gone wrong.
Next up: Fagin comes to White House to talk about street smarts.
Hat tip: Powerline