Candidate running for RNC chair distributes CD with ‘Barack the Magic Negro’
That Mike Huckabee selected Chip Saltsman to run his campaign and that brainiac Saltzman decided to send a Christmas greeting to RNC committee members with “Barack the Magic Negro” on it says a lot about the caliber of leadership waiting in the wings, doesn’t it? The Hill:
Saltsman, a personal friend of conservative satirist Paul Shanklin, sent a 41-track CD along with a note to national committee members.
“I look forward to working together in the New Year,” Saltsman wrote. “Please enjoy the enclosed CD by my friend Paul Shanklin of the Rush Limbaugh Show.”
The CD, called “We Hate the USA,” lampoons liberals with such songs as “John Edwards’ Poverty Tour,” “Wright place, wrong pastor,” “Love Client #9,” “Ivory and Ebony” and “The Star Spanglish banner.”
Several of the track titles, including “Barack the Magic Negro,” are written in bold font.
You know, when I read sh*t like this, two things come to mind:
1) The bigots in the GOP are so unhinged that we are about to have a black president that they just don’t care if they come across as racist;
2) This wing of the GOP is populated with guys who are simply dumb as rocks and thus see nothing offensive about a song referring to the next president as a Magic Negro.
The article also says that defense given is that the song is poking at writer David Ehrenstein (a frequent commenter at the Blend; click here for his reaction on his blog), who wrote the article “Obama the ‘Magic Negro” back in 2007. David’s article is clearly not about Obama, but the idealized vision of him as a black man that some supportive whites wish to project onto him. He delves into the many cinematic Magic Negroes as a reference point. Clearly that’s not the territory Shanklin or Saltsman are treading into.