Barack the Magic Negro

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  1. vince

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    Candidate For RNC Chair Sends Out CD With Song Called "Barack, The Magic Negro"

    By Eric Kleefeld - December 26, 2008, 12:30PM
    If one of the Republican Party's challenges is how to effectively oppose the first black president without coming off as racist, one of the candidates for RNC chair is hardly off to a good start -- he is now distributing a CD that includes a racially-charged song called "Barack, The Magic Negro."
    Chip Saltsman, the former campaign manager for Mike Huckabee, has distributed a goodie bag to committee members that includes a CD by Paul Shanklin, a writer of right-wing parody tunes who is often featured on Rush Limbaugh. The "Magic Negro" track, which first gathered controversy in the Spring of 2007, featured Shanklin portraying Al Sharpton as an Amos & Andy stereotype, ridiculing white liberals who support Obama.
    Saltsman defended the choice of the Shanklin CD, telling The Hill: "Paul Shanklin is a long-time friend, and I think that RNC members have the good humor and good sense to recognize that his songs for the Rush Limbaugh show are light-hearted political parodies."


    "The CD sent to RNC members, first reported by The Hill on Friday, is titled "We Hate the USA" and also includes songs referencing former presidential candidate John Edwards and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, among other targets.
    According to The Hill, other song titles, some of which were in bold font, were: "John Edwards' Poverty Tour," "Wright place, wrong pastor," "Love Client #9," "Ivory and Ebony" and "The Star Spanglish Banner.""


    I guess you have to be a racist to see the humour here. Or maybe the joke is on the RNC.


    RNC chairman candidate defends 'Barack the Magic Negro' song - CNN.com


    TPM Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Candidate For RNC Chair Sends Out CD With Song Called "Barack, The Magic Negro"
     
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    I saw that news story online..........it left me speechless
     
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    I've always said it the Republican Party while not being a 'racist' party however if you are 'racist' they are the party for you.

    Paul Krugman of the NY Times predicted it:
    ... the G.O.P.’s long transformation into the party of the unreasonable right, a haven for racists and reactionaries, seems likely to accelerate as a result of the impending defeat.
     
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    Yeah... I'm shaking my head. One has to wonder, just how politically stupid some politicians can be. This guy's career is finished.
     
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    It's on YouTube, if you want to hear it:

    YouTube - Barack the Magic Negro

    What a bunch of fucking troglodytes. They have nothing, absolutely nothing to contribute to the well-being of this country.
     
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    Knowing Republicans as I do, I'm certain they are very proud and think the whole thing hysterical. Again, it's a good thing I don't own a gun.
     
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    Whether this actually merits offense or not is worthy of debate, but one thing is for sure. The Republican Party is going to have a really hard time adjusting to the future demographics of this country. Tactically speaking, this was a silly thing to bring back from the dead. It's a distraction from actual policy debate that makes Republicanism look bad without even acknowledging what Republicanism (or conservatism) is, and that is unfortunate for their own cause.
     
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    Hmm....doesn't surprise me. I think a lot of people turn to the Republican party because they are seen as the party of traditional values (i.e. white power)

    Of course, not all Republicans are racist and not all Democrats are anti-racist, but still.....
     
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    They should all be fired A.S.A.P.
     
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    Wooooow. I really can't even wrap my mind around this.

    I'm thinking the time for a viable third party to emerge is fast approaching
     
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    You know, if you gotta go out, go out in a blaze of glory -- no matter how incredible ignorant or thoughtless. What really disturbs me though is that this bullshit will appeal to the people that are still uncomfortable with the idea that the United States voted for an African-American president. It's the same folks with a penchant for identifying the pro-America / real America crap.
     
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    It is in really, really, really bad taste.
     
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    They are really sore losers!!!!!!!!! Got to pity them.
     
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    I thought he was Hawaiian?

    Either way, It's curious on how the Republican party can get away with this and go unpunished...and if the democrats did this....they would be strung up on the highest post.

    They are such sore loosers it's pathetic.
    I honestly believe that if we wouldn't have elected Barack, the U.S. would be more of an outcast than we are right now.
    At least now a display of evolution to the rest of the world is present.

    The world is anxious of change - Let's hope he doesnt botch it up.
     
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    This would have been better written, sung and even received if this was done by Chocolate News, Katt Williams or even Dave Chapelle. If they wanted to have the freedom to say racy, controversial stuff, they should have became comedians and not politicians.

    However, this just looks bad. REALLY bad. They should stick to what they know. You know, such as causing recessions and impeaching presidents for blow jobs.
     
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    You morons.

    Rush Limbaugh did not use coin the phrase "magic negro." It was a term Spike Lee used to describe black characters that seemed to enter in and solve the problems of the white protagonists, like Chubbs from Happy Gilmore or Morgan Freeman in practically anything. This supposedly helps absolve them of their "white guilt." Rush had Paul Shanklin record the parody after the following article was printed by the left-leaning LA Times:

    Obama the 'Magic Negro' - Los Angeles Times

    If you had actually LISTENED TO THE SONG (and it is obvious none of you have), you would know that it is not critical of the President Elect at all. It makes fun of people like Al Sharpton and Jesse "cut his nuts off" Jackson, who don't believe Obama is "authentic" enough to call himself a black person.

    All this is is an innocent parody of racist bigots.
     
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    What makes you think that nobody listened to the song?
    To be honest, I'm not offended by the song at all. It takes a LOT more than that to offend me. But everything about this is in bad taste. Considering all of the questionable statements and controversial comments around Rush in regards to black people over the years, the LAST person who should be thinking about trying to make a parody like this is him.

    If you're gonna do a parody, you better go for the gusto. They should leave things like this to the professionals. As for a parody video & song, the execution is poor, the reasoning is shallow and the video footage is even worse. Anyway you look at it, this sucked more ass than Elliot Spitzer in a whorehouse. I'd advise that you not try to defend it at all.

    Free speech, yeah, yadda yadda... but if you're gonna use it, don't fuck it up. Right now, Limbaugh & Shanklin look worse than Sharpton & Jackson. They did enough damage to their own careers with their comments. What did Rush & Paul think they were going to accomplish by kicking a dead corpse?
     
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    The video footage was created by the Youtuber, for what it's worth.

    I was actually gonna post the article, but unique beat me to it. Doesn't mean the RNC looks any better putting it on their Christmas cds. But it at least puts the song in persective: well executed or not, it was meant as an attack to those who latched on to Obama as a black man they could identify with who'd relieve them of racial guilt. Not racist, beyond the degrees of absolute bad taste. Still can't forgive the RNC for thinking it appropriate distribution material though. The term political correctness's first word is why. It's their job to be politically correct, and regardless of intention, that kind of humor is not suited to a political environment. A polemic like Rush, sure, but not one of the major parties.
     
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    Okie doke. At least the RNC is off the hook for the bad iMovie footage. :biggrin1:

    That was easy to figure out. The problem I have is with the people making the message. Many times Limbaugh and other hardcore conservatives stated, in numerous ways, how they felt most white people were voting for Obama out of racial guilt, among many other things that didn't have anything to do with his policy or stance on the issues. I know some people voted for him based on his color. To act like nobody thought like this during the election would be foolish. But I honestly believe Limbaugh thinks the majority of people voted for Obama either out of guilt or based on his skin color. To think this way of 66 million people in this country is just really stupid if you ask me.

    Knowing all of this, and seeing that he's one part of this whole fiasco is why I find this whole thing to be in bad taste.

    Exactly. Not even bringing political correctness to the table (because I know I enjoy a few out of bounds comments now and then), but on a matter of common sense. Somewhere down the line, the RNC must've known the negative backlash this would cause. And you have to wonder if they are that desperate for attention that they would stoop to this level? ESPECIALLY if they want to convey a message of acceptance and diversity.
     
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