Comment of the Day: Chuck Berry Is a Criminal


Today's comment comes in response to Kelsey Whipple's scoop about the controversy in University City over a statue honoring Chuck Berry. As Whipple reported, one local activist wants to stop the project over Berry's felony convictions.

A reader named Daryl Davis weighed in, defending Berry -- drawing the following rebuke from reader Wolfgang Guhl:

Just for clarification purposes: Daryl Davis is, as insiders know, Chuck Berry's piano player and most probably only defends him to put himself into the position to get further playing jobs. Chuck Berry has been convicted of crimes multiple times.And that's a fact, dear Daryl. Put your rose tinted glasses down and accepted the fact that Chuck Berry is a criminal, no matter how great his music and influence is and regardless of his skin color and the fact he indeed suffered from racism (as did B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino et cetera, who did not turn into criminals though). Daryl, you are a great, great person, but if ethical standards mean something to you, you should finally face the truth and stop defending the rotten personality of our musical hero, who happens to be a first class fraud. We can easily enjoy his music without spreading fairy tales about the wonderful person he is (in fact not). I am not sure whether he deserves this statue, I will leave it up for the people in charge to decide.


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