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GOP The Magic Dumbo
Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 29 Dec 08 | fouts

Posted on 12/29/2008 10:17:27 AM PST by foutsc

The GOP has once again shown why it is the stupid party. Chip Salsman wants to run the GOP, so he plied potential voters with a Paul Shanklin CD that included the song "Barack the Magic Negro." It is a political parody based upon an LA Times opinion piece of the same name. The leadership was caught flat-footed and red-handed, and is now scrambling, crab-like, to defend itself.

Here's part of the hollow, vacuous statement from flaccid, ineffectual party chairman Mike Duncan:

"I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate as it clearly does not move us in the right direction."
Yeah, right. Shocked and appalled. Millions of Republicans have laughed their heads off at the song, featured on the Rush Limbaugh Show. So spare us the crocodile tears, Mike. You and your party establishmentarians are intellectually and ideologically bankrupt. Bowing down before the PC gods won't save your sorry hide.

Mike Duncan and the rest of the country club Republicans should apologize not for the song, but for for being so politically inept and clueless that they would let something like this get within 10 miles of GOP Headquarters. Half the country already believes the GOP is just a front organization for the Ku Klux Klan. You'd think the GOP apparatchiks would be a little more image conscious.

The song is based on a 2007 David Ehrenstein opinion piece of the same name in the LA Times. He explores how Guilty White Liberal Syndrome could bolster Mr. Obama's candidacy:

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.

As might be expected, this figure is chiefly cinematic — embodied by such noted performers as Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, Scatman Crothers, Michael Clarke Duncan, Will Smith and, most recently, Don Cheadle. And that's not to mention a certain basketball player whose very nickname is "Magic."

So here's a liberal columnist citing the work of liberal sociologists using the now famous phrase. A white conservative satirist picks it up and makes a funny song based on it, and Democrats mau mau the Republicans into apologizing. Once again, the inept Republicans bring a butter knife to a gun fight.

Is the song funny? I think so. Is it offensive? Not in my opinion, but I'm not black. Does it belong in the public arena? Yes. It's called free speech, and as satire, it's pretty tame when stacked up against South Park or Dave Chappelle. Regardless of the merits of the song, it is inappropriate for the GOP establishment to be trafficking in this stuff.

They only compounded their sin by gutlessly collapsing before the liberal onslaught instead of owning it and intellectually defending it. Ken Blackwell, an African-American contender to run the party, showed true leadership with his response:

"Unfortunately, there is hypersensitivity in the press regarding matters of race. This is in large measure due to President-Elect Obama being the first African-American elected president," said Blackwell, who would be the first black RNC chairman, in a statement forwarded to Politico by an aide.
This is the leadership the GOP needs. No politically correct bowing and scraping to manufactured outrage, of which we have an overabundance in this country. Just an acknowledgment of the hoo-ha and restoring it to a rational context.

In fact, an edgy, 20-something GOP leadership could have flipped this back on the so-last-century media and actually attracted the attention of the Colbert and John Stewart generation. But in the hands of the ancient, white GOP upper-crust, this just looks creepy and racist. If this doesn't convince conservatives that the place needs wholesale firings and fumigation, I don't know what will.

The very existence of the Republican party does damage to the conservative cause. Time to burn it down and start over with younger, more intellectually vibrant leadership.


TOPICS: Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: gop; magicnegro; obama; rnc; shanklin; stupidity

1 posted on 12/29/2008 10:17:28 AM PST by foutsc

To: foutsc

bttt


2 posted on 12/29/2008 10:22:43 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("Every free act transcends matter, which is why any form of materialism is anti-liberty" - Gagdad)

To: All
The very existence of the Republican party does damage to the conservative cause. Time to burn it down and start over with younger, more intellectually vibrant leadership.

AMEN!! I don't mind the "Country Club" types running the GOP but not the Country Clubs like Bushwood!

You know - folks who drive "Country Continentals" (Ford F-150's) or a "Country Cadillac" (Chevy Silverado).

Who does that country song about "I'm a member of the Country Club"?

3 posted on 12/29/2008 10:22:49 AM PST by Sir Hailstone (I want a Red Nation. Just not the Commie shade of Red!!)

To: foutsc
I'm sick of this topic. "Barak the Magic Negro" was a stupid idea. Whoever wrote this should be ashamed of himself. And shame on Rush for playing it. It's the 21st century! What did we expect?!

Some things are better left said in the privacy of your own home or at a bar - in the company of an all-white crowd.

We need to cut the legs off this story NOW.

4 posted on 12/29/2008 10:24:25 AM PST by LiberConservative ("We gonna get PAID!" - Obama voter)

To: Sir Hailstone
Who does that country song about "I'm a member of the Country Club"?

Travis Tritt!! You gotta see him on Country Crossroads with Ray Charles. It's a classic.

5 posted on 12/29/2008 10:25:29 AM PST by foutsc (Nietzsche is Dead)

To: foutsc
As Rush Limbaugh has said however, the GOP suffers from being run by Washington, D.C. insiders. Sarah Palin was our last hope for real 'change' in this country.

The Grassroots of the GOP needs to jettison these over the hill and complacent weasels who want nothing more than adulation from a MSM that hates their guts.

6 posted on 12/29/2008 10:28:12 AM PST by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)

To: LiberConservative
I'm sick of this topic

I'm sick of the stupid leadership of this stupid party. Time to clean house and fumigate at the RNC. Fire 'em all!

7 posted on 12/29/2008 10:28:46 AM PST by foutsc (Nietzsche is Dead)

To: LiberConservative

I think this guy is a Dem operative and knew EXACTLY what he was doing, putting a quick end to anything Republican.

Who nominated this clown?

They knew EXACTLY what they were doing also.

They are not stupid.

The rank and file of the Republican party are the ones who are stupid. They contunially except the status quo and do not rise up and take back the Party.


8 posted on 12/29/2008 10:30:40 AM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)

To: T Lady

Yes he is correct and NEWT is a Washington insider.


9 posted on 12/29/2008 10:31:29 AM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)

To: LiberConservative

I’m sick of this topic, but not for the same reasons. Al Sharpton was the one who called BO “The magic negro” and said he was not “authentic”.

I’m sick of the GOP apologizing for this. Playing nice with the democrats never accomplishes anything and they never play nice. Screw them and smack them whenever possible.

The democrat party counts on the GOP “playing nice” while they sling mud and lies. It’s the mud and lies that cling to the public mind and the majority half-wits out there believe it. Play it over and over and when criticized do what the dems do — ignore it and blow it off; it is soon forgotten.

The GOP needs to grow some nads and play politics the way the dems do; down and dirty.


10 posted on 12/29/2008 10:33:21 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)

To: T Lady
As Rush Limbaugh has said however, the GOP suffers from being run by Washington, D.C. insiders.

To be more specific, it's run by the Bush family. And they are the ones that put pandering first.

11 posted on 12/29/2008 10:33:51 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)

To: LiberConservative
The whole idea of the parody was to expose the writer of the article for what he is.

The person (Paul Shanklin) is a local that we all know and love in Memphis. There is not a racial bone in his body.

12 posted on 12/29/2008 10:34:35 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")

To: chicagolady
For your information, Chip Saltsman was greatly responsible as head of the Republican party of Tn., to give our state the first Republican state house since reconstruction. We are one of a very few states that added conservatives to all areas of government.
13 posted on 12/29/2008 10:38:21 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")

To: T Lady
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14 posted on 12/29/2008 10:38:31 AM PST by Lilpug15 (I'm Moving to Alaska...You can Keep THE CHANGE!)

To: Moonman62
'To be more specific, it's run by the Bush family. And they are the ones that put pandering first.'

Well it won't be any longer...so this should give us at least another four to eight years to nominate some authentic Conservative candidates to lead the Party...with all due respect, I do hope we will not see yet another member of ANY dynasty, Republican or Democrat elected to public office. I truly curse the day Campaign Finance Reform was signed into law, and those responsible for it (McCain, Feingold, and sadly, President Bush).

15 posted on 12/29/2008 10:40:35 AM PST by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)

To: Lilpug15
:-)

Ahh...what could have been.

16 posted on 12/29/2008 10:41:37 AM PST by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)

To: LiberConservative

We expect free speech, and to stand by a clever satire. We expect people to stop apologizing for getting out of bed in the morning. The proper response is to explain the reason for the parody and let it be. If people voted based on offensive behavior, the POS dems who demonize American troops in battle and behave as they have the past 8 years would not be in power. They stand by their statements and stay on the offensive, while our weak-kneed leaders cower in the corner.

This satire is nearly two years old. It was not offensive until someone decided this week to be offended.


17 posted on 12/29/2008 10:42:59 AM PST by ilgipper

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18 posted on 12/29/2008 10:47:56 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)

To: Lilpug15

How cute!

I just love her.


19 posted on 12/29/2008 10:50:23 AM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)

To: LiberConservative

I’m sick of this topic. “Barak the Magic Negro” was a stupid idea. Whoever wrote this should be ashamed of himself. And shame on Rush for playing it. It’s the 21st century! What did we expect?!
Some things are better left said in the privacy of your own home or at a bar - in the company of an all-white crowd.

We need to cut the legs off this story NOW.

___________________________________________

NO! This epitath was penned by a liberal in a liberal rag! Whenever it’s brought up, remind EVERYBODY of that fact. Name the writer in every other sentence, ask if its so offensive why it was printed in the first place. Don’t run from this confront it head on verbally, argumentatively, assertively. Don’t run, don’t apologize, don’t hide. It’s there it’s their’s we didn’t coin the phrase, remind every single media outlet of that fact.


20 posted on 12/29/2008 10:53:52 AM PST by navymom1 (Save Free Speech, defeat the Fairness Doctrine)

To: LiberConservative
This was in direct response to a LA TIMES article calling BO the "Magic Negro". Neither Rush, nor Paul Shanklin created the concept, the LIBERAL JOURNALIST for the LA Times did.

It's a given fact that Liberals don't even HAVE a sense of humor, so 1) they don't even investigate the source of the concept, and 2)It was sarcasm focused at the LA Times and Al Sharpton.

This world has gone amuk when you can't even hang liberals by their own petard.

21 posted on 12/29/2008 10:54:12 AM PST by JENINMO

To: Coldwater Creek

Many people who hear this song do not know Paul Shanklin. I don’t read the LA Times so I didn’t even know the context of this song when I heard it on Rush’s show months ago;I didn’t like it then, and I still don’t. I’m a conservative white person. I can only imagine how a conservative black person would feel. Of course if you are moderate or liberal, you would merely assume-nothing new here...the GOP is the racist party. This is why it’s beyond stupid. I think this song is racist and was meant to be racially offensive. As the writer of this article says. If you find it funny pass it around privately. Heck, I’ve been known to tell a few off color jokes myself. However, when you represent a political party, you should not have anything to do with a parody song that targets race...Rush should be ashamed of himself and so should any GOP operative dumb enough to link this with the RNC.


22 posted on 12/29/2008 11:00:34 AM PST by bronxboy

To: rabscuttle385
(Enter humming)
John, the Magic RINO
Went back to DC...

Must...not...parody...any...more...songs...promised...DFU

23 posted on 12/29/2008 11:01:14 AM PST by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)

To: ilgipper

It was passed along this week by the RNC. Rush is an entertainer. This is different. Also, after you make your explanation...only half will hear the explanation, only half of those (maybe less) will believe the explanation. Most will nod wisely and think...always knew those conservatives were racist as they pull the lever for Democrats in 2010 and beyond.


24 posted on 12/29/2008 11:04:09 AM PST by bronxboy

To: navymom1
NO! This epitath was penned by a liberal in a liberal rag! Whenever it’s brought up, remind EVERYBODY of that fact. Name the writer in every other sentence, ask if its so offensive why it was printed in the first place. Don’t run from this confront it head on verbally, argumentatively, assertively. Don’t run, don’t apologize, don’t hide. It’s there it’s their’s we didn’t coin the phrase, remind every single media outlet of that fact.

Amen sister!

Navymom1 for RNC Chairman!

25 posted on 12/29/2008 11:05:15 AM PST by foutsc (Nietzsche is Dead)

To: LiberConservative
Character is defined by what you do when no one's watching.

Some things are better left said in the privacy

26 posted on 12/29/2008 11:20:41 AM PST by DManA

To: DManA
Some things are better left said in the privacy ...

Apparently you missed my intent. I was taking a jab at the redneck mentality that can give something like "Magic Negro" legs.

27 posted on 12/29/2008 11:28:51 AM PST by LiberConservative ("We gonna get PAID!" - Obama voter)

To: foutsc

Ditto, .. RNC should proudly wave the CD in the air,, give the BLACK WRITER’s NAME and EXCLAIM ...”THIS IS HOW the DEMOCRATS ACTUALLY FEEL about BLACKS in General and their President in Particular!

Same game, different day... AND REMEMBER
it’s NOT Dirty Politics ... if it’s the TRUTH!!


28 posted on 12/29/2008 11:30:10 AM PST by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's "1984" .. to Conservatives- a WARNING, to Liberals - a TEXTBOOK)

To: LiberConservative

It is effective satire that makes a valid point.


29 posted on 12/29/2008 11:32:40 AM PST by DManA

Comment #30 Removed by Moderator

To: foutsc

Typical piss-ant, spineless RINOs apologizing for life itself. And these limp wristed toadies wonder why they can’t get people to vote for them.


31 posted on 12/29/2008 12:47:16 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)

To: foutsc
There's an old Latin saying "Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi."

It means "What is legitimate for Jove (Jupiter), is not legitimate for oxen" or "Gods may do what cattle may not".

I'm not calling anybody "cattle" here, but you and I can joke about things that a party leader can't.

That's why party leaders get paid for what they're doing.

If you've got the power and influence or you want it, you have to be more circumspect, even stuffier, than the rest of us.

32 posted on 12/29/2008 1:05:17 PM PST by x

To: T Lady
As Rush Limbaugh has said however, the GOP suffers from being run by Washington, D.C. insiders. Sarah Palin was our last hope for real 'change' in this country.

BUMP!

33 posted on 12/29/2008 3:30:13 PM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")

To: RJS1950
Al Sharpton was the one who called BO “The magic negro” and said he was not “authentic”.

But somehow we don't have the First Amendment anymore to point this out...

Since some people, supposedly on the side of liberty, are "sick" of the topic, Move Along, nothing to see here...

34 posted on 12/29/2008 3:33:12 PM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")

To: bronxboy
I didn’t like it then, and I still don’t. I’m a conservative white person

Pussy.

35 posted on 12/29/2008 3:35:45 PM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")

To: foutsc

The parody wasn’t funny. It was annoying.


36 posted on 12/29/2008 7:00:38 PM PST by egannacht

To: foutsc
I love the idea...
FUMIGATION.
37 posted on 12/29/2008 10:02:38 PM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)

To: cashman

It’s hardly racist to quote a racist black preacher. Not making that fact clear to the public is where the GOP has screwed up. Racist is a lost term. The GOP could praise BO for being the first black president and some POS democrat in this country would proclaim that the statement was somehow racist. With all of the pure hatred and racist crap coming from the party of slavery these days it is far past the time for the GOP to get past worrying about political correctness.


38 posted on 12/30/2008 7:03:03 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)

To: RJS1950
It’s hardly racist to quote a racist black preacher.

Correct.

Not making that fact clear to the public is where the GOP has screwed up. Racist is a lost term.

And it doesn't help to have all the RINO fifth columnists. Some who have shown their real tendancies right here. I.e., those "annoyed" or disapproving of the parody are either not real or liberal schills.

The GOP could praise BO for being the first black president and some POS democrat in this country would proclaim that the statement was somehow racist. With all of the pure hatred and racist crap coming from the party of slavery these days it is far past the time for the GOP to get past worrying about political correctness.

BTT.

39 posted on 12/31/2008 1:38:05 PM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")

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