Lonnie Rashid Lynn got a hard dose of reality this week after Kean University cancelled his commencement speech. On Monday, the university announced that Common would be speaking to the 2015 class, but quickly snatched it away after New Jersey State Police complained about his “A Song For Assata”.
Susan Kayne, a university spokesman, said their announcement was made prematurely. In other words, the NJ State Police bullied them.
“The students expressed interest in Common because he composed the Oscar-winning song `Glory’ with our prior commencement speaker John Legend,” Kayne said to The Record. “While we respect his talent, Kean is pursuing other speaker options.”
Shakur, who was convicted of killing a NJ State Trooper and fled to Cuba, was the subject of Common’s touching song, but the police in NJ still have her marked.
“What is troubling here is that a state university that is subsidized with state taxpayer funds, is once again being questioned on their decision-making at the highest levels,” Chris Burgos, president of the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey, said according to The Record.