Brother Ali's battle for America

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 1, 2012 - 9:39 AM

Minneapolis' Muslim rapper takes to the streets - and might take a beating - for his argumentative new album.

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westroad18Sep. 30, 12 9:29 AM

Ah rhymesayers.. The only underground artistry to have stayed underground since its inception. Guess what, nobody cares... still.

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swmnguySep. 30, 1210:50 AM

Brother Ali is a smart guy, an involved parent, and a conscientious citizen. His son is a classmate of my daughter's in the Minneapolis Public Schools. He's at all the school events his schedule will allow, like the rest of us. We should all be more involved in our schools, our community and our world; not less involved. People like the soldier in Afghanistan who wants to make threats need to realize that when that soldier needs help, people like Brother Ali will be there for him, and the government and the elites who filled that soldier with anger and sent him off to kill foreigners in their homes will no longer remember who he is, or that they owe him anything. That soldier is biting the hand that will end up feeding him. There's the kind of irony Brother Ali can appreciate.

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arielbenderSep. 30, 1211:02 AM

westroad18Sep. 30, 12 9:29 AM Ah rhymesayers.. The only underground artistry to have stayed underground since its inception. Guess what, nobody cares... still.__________-Yeah, that must be why Atmosphere continues to sell out ...everywhere.

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carlogambinoSep. 30, 1211:11 AM

"Who decides you don't have enough to teach children? / The state is spending millions on stadiums and prisons." Gee, that's funny, we spend billions on education and it is year after year the single largest budgetary item for this state.

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sfod93Sep. 30, 1212:18 PM

...and, yet, he goes unnoticed, except in the four corners of MSP.

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ranger78Sep. 30, 12 5:20 PM

Brother Ali's alignment with Occupy and Cornell West is enough to help us understand that he's on the extreme left. But his desicration of the flag by kneeling on it is a disgrace. This is not an anti-Moslem statement. It is a simple statement that treading on the flag is a disgrace.

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sandpoint17Sep. 30, 12 5:34 PM

"Unless you are absolutely convinced that all of Islam is against you as an American, you should only see it as me treating the flag reverently." --- It is not respecting the flag. United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Section 176 "Respect For The Flag" (b) "The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise."

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arielbenderOct. 2, 12 1:06 PM

ranger78Sep. 30, 12 5:20 PM It is a simple statement that treading on the flag is a disgrace.____________He has every right to do it...ironically enough, it's what the flag stands for in this country. Perhaps you'd be more comfortable in the Middle East? It's clear that you really don't understand the freedoms of your own country.

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