Tennessee Republican Chip Saltsman, who was campaign manager for Mike Huckabee and now candidate for Chairman of the Republican National Committee, has gifted members of the RNC a Paul Shanklin CD that includes Barack the Magic Negro.
Controversy and acrimony has ensued.
Baracl the Magic Negro, who title is taken from a LA Times Article, was popularized by Rush Limbaugh on his nationally syndicated talk show. The song, sung in the voice of Al Sharpton an dto the tune of Puff the Magic Dragon, mocks President Elect Barack Obama and suggests that much of his support stems from white guilt, while at the same time Obama is a “safe” kind of African American politician and not frightening, like Al Sharpton.
The first few lines go like this.
“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!”
Responding to suggestions that he may have harmed his chances for the RNC Chairmanship, Saltsman said, “I think most people recognize political satire when they see it, I think RNC members understand that.” The Shanklin CD also has songs ridiculing former Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright,
Barack the Magic Negro is laugh out loud political satire, but also such that is designed to make people uncomfortable, since it wanders into the minefield of race in America. Liberals are by nature humor impaired when it comes to poking fun at their icons. Conservatives, on the other hand, live with the fear of being called racist, so people who think Saltman may have damaged himself may have a point.
Ironically, the Republicans may turn to former Ohio Secretary of State and candidate for Governor of Ohio Ken Blackwell, an African American conservative popular among the party base, Steve Forbes, a former candidate for President and champion of reforms such as the flat tax, has endorsed Blackwell. Blackwell also has ties to former House Speaker and conservative thinker Newt Gingrich.
Sources: Barack the Magic Negro Parody, Cathryn Friar, Right Pundits, December 26th, 2008
Barack the Magic Negro, YouTube