RNC Chairman defends "Magic Negro" song

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    (CNN) -- A candidate for the Republican National Committee chairmanship said Friday the CD he sent committee members for Christmas -- which included a song titled "Barack the Magic Negro" -- was clearly intended as a joke.

    "I think most people recognize political satire when they see it," Tennessee Republican Chip Saltsman told CNN. "I think RNC members understand that."

    The song, set to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon," was first played on conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh's radio show in 2007.

    RNC chairman candidate defends 'Barack the Magic Negro' song - CNN.com
     
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    The term "Magic Negro" was coined by Liberal columnist David Ehrenstein of The L.A. Times:
    Obama the 'Magic Negro' - Los Angeles Times

    A parody of "Puff The Magic Dragon"
    "Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C.":

    [youtube]qvXz2xaLNMQ[/youtube]

    Rush Limbaughs' explanation of it:

    [youtube]vbBgRiHYrs0&feature=related[/youtube]
     
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    I laughed when I read the title.
     
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    There's nothing to defend... the song was written in reaction to a comment from the Radical leftist LA TIMES... which referred to Hussein, the currect Hesitant Elect of the US and a Negro himself; a Marxist ideologue who was born into and raised in the Muslim religion, as "The Magic Negro" It was hilarious and right on target... and otherwise brilliant political satire.
     
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    Hesitant Elect! That's feckin' brilliant! It describes him perfectly.
     
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    Eh, I'm kinda split on this.

    On the one hand, "magic negroes" are an established caricature type with examples as recent as Will Smith in The Legend of Bagger Vance and Morgan Freeman in about half his movies. The deification of Barack Obama by many of his followers, particularly young people getting involved in politics for their first time, is a worthy subject of parody and it's fair to say he has been placed by them into the "magic negro" territory of a seemingly mythical black man who will solve all of one's problems.

    On the other hand, Rush Limbaugh and a great percentage of his followers are unrepentant racists and as such their use of racially charged, derogatory words should not be considered in the same way it would if it were used by someone with a legitimate satirical bent rather than a get-out-the-hate agenda.

    Basically, I think equating Barack with the "magic negro" fictional character phenomenon is a fine subject of satire. The only reason it's problematic here is that the people doing it are not clever or funny and are instead petty assholes. But I don't think it's especially clear cut.
     
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    Christ on a crutch.

    The LA Times is not remotely a "Radical leftist" paper. It is a major corporate paper, if it has a slant it is for the status quo and quiet consent, like all mainstream news outlets.

    Barack Obama (is there anyone else you refer to by middle name alone? Why the hell does the fact that his middle name is COINCIDENTALLY the same as a certain dictator matter at all? What are you, 5?) is not a "Negro" you backwards ignoramus. He's half Kenyan, a quarter Irish, a quarter English. No one is a "Negro".

    Barack Obama is not a Muslim, he is a Christian. He was not "raised a Muslim," he attended a madrassa (which just means school) for four years in Indonesia, he also attended Catholic school there and a secular high school and college. His Muslim father was not a part of his upbringing. He was not religious until he found religion for himself as an adult:

    "I was drawn to the power of the African American religious tradition to spur social change. In the history of these struggles, I was able to see faith as more than just a comfort to the weary or a hedge against death; rather, it was an active, palpable agent in the world. It was because of these newfound understandings–that religious commitment did not require me to suspend critical thinking, disengage from the battle for economic and social justice, or otherwise retreat from the world that I knew and loved–that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ one day and be baptized. It came about as a choice and not an epiphany; the questions I had did not magically disappear. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side of Chicago, I felt God's spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth."
    -Barack Obama, Dreams From My Father


    He is not a Marxist, he is a Capitalist. He does not want to disband all corporations and businesses and give the means of production to the people. Just because he is not a supporter of the least-regulated, most laissez-faire market in the modern history of the US like Bush II was does not put him in the same ballpark as Marxists. You clearly don't know what Marxism is and are completely without basic knowledge of its tenets, philosophy, and practice.

    Get a library card and come back when you don't have the political, economic, and social understanding of a misled child.
     
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    LOL color me shocked... A centrist goin' both ways...

    Absolute, total, comprehensive NONSENSE... either post a comment by Rush Limbaugh which indicates racism or retract this unadulterated LIE...


    False... there is no evidence on thisboard or anywhere else of you having ever engaged in 'thinking'... you're driven by emotion and limited to that by your shunted intellectual means.
     
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    In the case of Quentin -vs- common sense... The People rests...
     
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    I'm not a centrist at all, I just base my judgment on merit rather than political affiliation. And many things, like this, exist in gray. Equating the way some of his followers have considered Obama with the "magic negro" caricature is not in and of itself wrong, inappropriate, or racist. Done in the fashion this was however, it was all of those things.

    A comment? How about seven comments:

    --"I mean, let's face it, we didn't have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I'm not saying we should bring it back; I'm just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark."
    --"You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed."
    -- "Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"
    -- "Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it."
    -- "The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."
    -- "Take that bone out of your nose and call me back(to an African American female caller)."
    -- "They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?"

    An unrepentant racist. Now, let's see if you can be held to your own standards about your own absolute, comprehensive, total NONSENSE.

    Either post an editorial comment by the LA Times inciting the proletariat to violently overthrow the heads of government and business and snatch the means of production for themselves or retract this unadulterated LIE.

    Either post proof that Barack Obama is a Muslim or retract this unadulterated LIE.

    Either post proof that Barack Obama is a Marxist or retract this unadulterated LIE.

    Prove you're a hypocrite who can't be held to his own demands or prove you're right, up to you.
     
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