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Monday, December 29, 2008

Sissy Republicans Run for Cover over 'Barack the Magic Negro' Parody

The liberal are up to their usual kindergarten-level games.

It seems that last week a politically-correct scandal broke over Tennessee GOP leader and RNC chair candidate Chip Saltsman's distribution of a CD with a parody song.

The song, "Barack the Magic Negro," was created by Paul Shanklin and made famous on the Rush Limbaugh show in the past year.

But while liberals are predictably up-in-arms that any prominent conservative might further this hilarious song, the term "magic negro" in connection with Barack Obama was actually first used by liberal black columnist David Ehrenstein in his LA Times column March 19, 2007.

This is what Ehrenstein said about Barack the Magic Negro:

But it's clear that Obama also is running for an equally important unelected office, in the province of the popular imagination — the "Magic Negro."

The Magic Negro is a figure of postmodern folk culture, coined by snarky 20th century sociologists, to explain a cultural figure who emerged in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education. "He has no past, he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist," reads the description on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magical_Negro.

He's there to assuage white "guilt" (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history, while replacing stereotypes of a dangerous, highly sexualized black man with a benign figure for whom interracial sexual congress holds no interest.

Logically, if someone has a problem with the term "magic negro," that angst should be taken out on, right? But since when has the Left ever been encumbered by logic?

Here are the lyrics to "Barack the Magic Negro" and a video which features the song; note that the song parody's notorious race-bater Al Sharpton as the singer of the song:
Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
‘Cause he’s not authentic like me.
Yeah, the guy from the L.A. paper
Said he makes guilty whites feel good
They’ll vote for him, and not for me
‘Cause he’s not from the hood.

See, real black men, like Snoop Dog,
Or me, or Farrakhan
Have talked the talk, and walked the walk.
Not come in late and won!

Oh, Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
‘Cause he’s black, but not authentically.
Oh, Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
‘Cause he’s black, but not authentically.

Some say Barack’s “articulate”
And bright and new and “clean.”
The media sure loves this guy,
A white interloper’s dream!
But, when you vote for president,
Watch out, and don’t be fooled!
Don’t vote the Magic Negro in –
‘Cause —

’Cause I won’t have nothing after all these years of sacrifice
And I won’t get justice. This is about justice. This isn’t about me, it’s about justice.
It’s about buffet. I don’t have no buffet and there won’t be any church contributions,
And there’ll be no cash in the collection plate.
There ain’t gonna be no cash money, no walkin’ around money, no phoning money.
Now, Barack going to come in here and ........

If one was also interested in the truth of the background of this parody, one might recall that it was Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden who said of Obama that "You got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy."

But it isn't just liberals in the Democrat Party who are having a cat over this parody. Liberals and other sissies in the Republican Party are also running for cover.

If the GOP is this sissified over political correctness, it doesn't bode well for the GOP in the next four years. Sorry, Republicans; in case you missed, the the conservative base of the GOP has low tolerance for PC sissies.

Negro is a perfectly legitimate word to describe people with dark skin and of African descent, unlike the "n word" used to slur people with dark skin.

Is the United Negro College Fund a racist organization? Is the National Council of Negro Women a racist organization? Is the Universal Negro Improvement Association a racist institution? Is the National Association of Negro Musicians?

Or are these organizations merely identifying an ethnic focus?

The author of the column, David Ehrenstein, is himself a liberal. He is also black. But of course who gets the heat for a term he used first? Conservatives, of course. Being liberal, black, and a defender of homosexuality, Ehrenstein is, of course, immune from criticism. Consistency is unknown on the Left; the means to an end supersedes all.

Of course, when black conservatives like Michael Steele or Ken Blackwell call this faux controversy what it is ("hypersensitivity") they are derided as ignorant and considered to certainly meet the definition of an "Uncle Tom" in the playbook of the Left. (Incidentally, I had the honor of having dinner with Ken Blackwell and some other people a few months ago in D.C., and found him to be engaging and witty--not at all the dullard liberals seem to think he is.)

In fact, I think the contrast between the responses of Steele and Blackwell, and the timid response of others in the Republican leadership, separates the men from the boys. I am all-the-more justified in having called for a complete change of leadership in the Republican Party, and for having supported Ken Blackwell for RNC Chairman.

As all-too-usual, Republican leadership is cowering in fear at the prospect of being called names by liberals. Didn't their mama's give them the "sticks and stones" speech when they were little? Weren't they given the "cowboy up" talk at some point?

As usual, ignorance and infantile comprehension reign on the Left. They know they can't best conservatives on the legitimacy and merit of their ideas, so they are left with silly snits like this.


cinemaphile85 said...

I think the song's kind of funny, but conservative humor never seems to be as clever as liberal humor. Case in point:

The probably unintentional irony of how you say liberals act like kindergarteners, right after your own name-calling headline. Way to show 'em who the bigger man is, Bob.

Bob Ellis said...

Yes, and snobs and the intellectually dishonest fail or refuse to distinguish between faux indignation relying on emotionalism for fuel, and calling something what it is.

As the old saying goes, "If the shoe fits..."

Dr. Theo said...

Well done, Mr. Ellis! As I said in a post a while back, with the election of a black man as president, I think we should dispense with all this racial sensitivity and claims of racism and discrimination. What more will it take to prove once and for all that there is no institutional racism in America (at least on the non-negro side of the issue)?

Viriatus said...

Yeah, Bob, tell it like it is...no more of this sissified crapola. We definitively have ZERO tolerance for PC sissies in the GOP base. We are all brawn in the GOP base and that is the secret to our current and overwhelming success.

Forget Chippy Saltsman...

BOB ELLIS for Chairman of the RNC!

Bob Ellis said...

Rather, our sissified leadership is the secret to our "current and overwhelming success."

Viriatus said...

Whaddaya mean jelly bean. Sissified leadership? You are making no sense. Dubya is kicking butt in Iraq and Afghanistan and our oil industry and military industrial complex boys are making out like bandits. What's the matter Bobby .. the news are not making it out there to the Plains? BTW, you Plains folks need to reproduce more .. make more babies .. as the "brawnified" GOP base is losing ground to these minorities and urban sissies that dwell in the major metropolitan areas.

Dr. Theo said...

Viriatus said "BTW, you Plains folks need to reproduce more .. make more babies .. as the "brawnified" GOP base is losing ground to these minorities and urban sissies that dwell in the major metropolitan areas."

Well, we are at a distinct disadvantage, Viriatus. We prefer to marry the mother of our children and stick around to help support and raise our children.

Haggs said...

I have absolutely no problem with parody and satire. I'm even okay with offensive humor (I'm a big fan of Family Guy). But I think there's a difference between Rush Limbaugh playing it on his show and a politician handing it out as he runs for an office. If I was running for office, I wouldn't hand out Family Guy DVDs. It just seems a little inappropriate.

Also, I take issue with your assumptions that everyone who practices political correctness is a "sissy." This may be a foreign concept to a conservative, but it's for the people who have the human decency to care about the feelings of others. I agree that some people go WAY too far with it, but that doesn't make the concept a bad thing. Like most things, it's best when used in moderation.

Bob Ellis said...

You might possibly have a point if the office was a public one, but it's a political office, a party office.

And they're being sissies because they're being, as Blackwell put it, hypersensitive. That's what sissies are: hypersensitive. There is being sensitive of inappropriate offenses to people's feelings, and then there is hypersensitivity to any slightest offense, real or perceived. This hypersensitivity is a key characteristic of a sissy...and political correctness.

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