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Obama the Magic Negro-Gate
IBD Editorials ^ | December 31, 2008 | Larry Elder

Posted on 12/31/2008 10:01:03 PM PST by Kaslin

This is how the whole thing started.

David Ehrenstein, a writer who happens to be black and liberal, wrote an opinion piece in March 2007 in the Los Angeles Times called "Obama the 'Magic Negro.'"

He argued that whites, according to sociologists, stereotype blacks as "dangerous." But whites consider Obama accessible, likeable and "benign." This, according to Ehrenstein, explains Obama's "crossover" appeal.

The article insults a) Obama, by virtually ignoring his effectiveness as a candidate, b) whites, by accusing them of voting for Obama merely to assuage their own guilt, and c) Sidney Poitier, the brilliant, groundbreaking actor, for ascribing his success to whites who find him safe and non-threatening.

The article produced virtually no outcry.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh then aired a song parody --set to the music of "Puff the Magic Dragon" -- called "Barack the Magic Negro." Referring to the L.A. Times article, an Al Sharpton-like "singer" called Obama inauthentically black. Why, complained the singer, should white folks vote for Obama rather than a true black man "from the hood" like -- me.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: comedy; larryelder; magicnegro; shanklin

1 posted on 12/31/2008 10:01:03 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Nothing behind the curtain Dorothy..run along now
2 posted on 12/31/2008 10:09:55 PM PST by OL Hickory (Where is the America I knew as a boy?)
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To: Kaslin

Actually I’ve read the term in more than one article, and always in reference to Hollywood movies.

Which is ironic, because the ones he’s (correctly) accusing of racism and race condescension are themselves leftists who are forever accusing the rest of us of being racists.

The truth is that Hollywood doesn’t know America very well. And it is Democrats and the left that are race obsessed. In modern America if you are race obsessed, you are probably a Democrat.

Normal people care about character and philosophy, a lot more than what you look like or where your grandparents are from. Hollywood and journalism majors can’t process that, they can’t figure it out. It doesn’t compute for them.


3 posted on 12/31/2008 10:09:59 PM PST by marron
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To: Kaslin
Rush has got to be laughing his sizable butt off right know.
4 posted on 12/31/2008 10:15:25 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: Kaslin

I fail to see why this has suddenly become an “issue”. Rush has been playing the song for months.


5 posted on 12/31/2008 10:15:38 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Kaslin

Please Larry - the GOP does not have a sterling record on race either. This article is whiny and begs for an apology - weak.


6 posted on 12/31/2008 10:16:53 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Brimack34

And Rush is also laughing his sizable butt off — all the way to the bank.


7 posted on 12/31/2008 10:18:41 PM PST by Ban Draoi Marbh Draoi ( Gen. 12:3: a warning to all anti-semites.)
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To: OL Hickory

8 posted on 12/31/2008 10:19:03 PM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: Kaslin

bookmark


9 posted on 12/31/2008 10:21:46 PM PST by Reddy
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To: Shadowstrike
From the article:Chip Saltsman, a candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent the song on a CD with 40 other songs, in a Christmas mailer to committee members.

So someone high up in the party has become associated with the song instead of just Rush.

10 posted on 12/31/2008 10:40:05 PM PST by KarlInOhio (11/4: The revolutionary socialists beat the Fabian ones. Where can we find a capitalist party?)
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To: Kaslin

Ohhhhh, he lives in a pineapple under the sea...

11 posted on 12/31/2008 10:43:05 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (revolution is in the air.)
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To: Kaslin

If an oath doesn’t mean anything, Beatle Bailey is outa here.


12 posted on 12/31/2008 10:43:54 PM PST by Waco
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To: Kaslin

Here’s the mantra: Martin Luther King was a Republican.


13 posted on 12/31/2008 11:05:31 PM PST by Blue State Insurgent
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To: Shadowstrike

There is a youtube video of Rush defending this parody that was posted almost 7 months ago. Then there is another youtube video that was posted on October 09, 2007 that has this song. Who knows how long Rush has been playing this. All this sudden outrage is a bit much. But I guess we couldn’t expect anything less from the MSM.


14 posted on 12/31/2008 11:34:13 PM PST by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: Kaslin

I guess they’re trying to cast Obama as a victim of racism. That is so absurd. Negro is not a racial epithet and Obama isn’t even very negroid anyway.


15 posted on 12/31/2008 11:56:14 PM PST by TheThinker (Shame and guilt mongering is the Left's favorite tool of control.)
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To: Kaslin

I guess it’s because Africa is so successful.


16 posted on 01/01/2009 12:07:52 AM PST by wac3rd (In the end, we all are Conservative, some just need their lives jolted to realize that fact.)
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To: Kaslin

I was shocked that Newt came out condemning use of the word, “Negro.”

Oh well, I’ve been tired of him for sometime now.

After the parodies and vitriolic attacks we have seen these past 8 years against Bush, with little or no outrage from Republican leadership, screw them all!

The left set the tone and it’s time they received what they dished out.

As another famous Democrat once said, “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”


17 posted on 01/01/2009 12:17:39 AM PST by DakotaRed (Don't you wish you had supported a conservative when you had the chance?)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve had it...it’s all stacked against us. Every day there was some offensive something beings said, written, spoken, filmed, etc. against George W. Bush...much harsher and crueler than this. They are winning...


18 posted on 01/01/2009 12:24:35 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Kaslin

I do like Larry Elder. He tries to be true to principle and speak the truth. One thing is that I’d rather have somebody from the “hood” as president than what we have now. At least we would know where we stand.


19 posted on 01/01/2009 12:27:03 AM PST by TheThinker (Shame and guilt mongering is the Left's favorite tool of control.)
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To: marron

The term was coined by novelist and Washington Post movie critic Stephen Hunter in the 1990s. Hunter used the term to describe the kindly yet mysterious black characters who appear in otherwise all-white movies and are somehow all-knowing in the ways of the universe and may or may not have unspecified magical powers.

The “magic negro” is entirely a reflection and visible manifestations of white writers’ anxiety about race.

The list of classic “magic negroes” includes Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile, Cuba Gooding in What Dreams May Come, Will Smith in The Legend of Bagger Vance, and Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan on Star Trek.


20 posted on 01/01/2009 12:48:21 AM PST by denydenydeny ("Banish Merry Christmas. Get ready for Mad Max.."-Daniel Henninger)
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To: stainlessbanner

>>Please Larry - the GOP does not have a sterling record on race either.<<

That statement is has no basis in fact. The GOP, since its founding, has done more FOR the blacks thant he RATs, who have only done things TO the blacks.

You might want to read up on Rev. Wayne Perryman’s class action suit against the RATs for the crimes committed against blacks.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1453586/posts


21 posted on 01/01/2009 2:39:28 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners.)
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To: Kaslin

The song is perfectly accurate as OSAMABAMA is considered and tried to portray himself as the “magic” “messiah” who will “change the world” AND furthermore he used the race(black/”negro”) card outrageously(reference to M.L.King,huge support from the black community,Michelle Obama pretending she was proud for the first time,strong links with black activists ...)while pretending he was standing beyond races(calling for white voters!).

It could be called The Magic/croock negro


22 posted on 01/01/2009 3:06:15 AM PST by Ulysse
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To: denydenydeny

I love Michael Clarke Duncan and thought “The Green Mile” was somewhat of a Christian allegory.


23 posted on 01/01/2009 3:52:57 AM PST by Salamander ( Cursed with Second Sight.)
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To: Shadowstrike

I first heard this parody on Rush a year ago.

The lame-stream media is certainly on top of things.

Meanwhile, the lefties can call George W. Bush Hitler, shrub, chimp, write novels about his “assassination”, make movies about the same outrageous subject, and no one on the left complains about these tasteless displays.


24 posted on 01/01/2009 4:24:34 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (January 20th, 2009.....A Day That Will Live in Infamy)
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To: TheThinker

If Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Booker T. Washington and WEB Dubois use the term, can it really be offensive?


25 posted on 01/01/2009 4:46:51 AM PST by ALPAPilot
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To: Kaslin

School vouchers, marriage: the Democrats destroy both, and them accuse the Republicans of racial insensitivity. With friends like the Dems, who needs enemies?


26 posted on 01/01/2009 4:50:58 AM PST by ALPAPilot
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To: Shadowstrike

“I fail to see why this has suddenly become an “issue”. Rush has been playing the song for months.”

Two words...Fairness Doctrine.

Some people may have forgot about this, but it hasn’t gone away. This is just a trial balloon to see what can cause a public outcry against talk radio. As soon as something sticks, they we must bring back the FD in order to stop the hate speech.


27 posted on 01/01/2009 5:13:28 AM PST by NeoConfederate
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To: stainlessbanner
the GOP does not have a sterling record on race either.

No, they just fought and died for the freedom of the slaves, and virtually every racial rights provision since.

28 posted on 01/01/2009 5:14:02 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs...nothing more than Bald Haired Hippies!)
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To: Shadowstrike

It really proves that the Republican leadership does not listen to what is happening outside the beltway. Their go along to get along attitude diminishes our freedoms and economic well being. You never see a compromise on cutting spending only on cutting the growth of spending, like, that is a real spending cut. Every compromise with the Bolshies is a loss.


29 posted on 01/01/2009 5:29:26 AM PST by depressed in 06 (Dope in chains, the Chicago way.)
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To: Kaslin
Doesn’t anyone else see what is going on here? They are planting evidence in the public’s mind that there is a need to rein-act the Fairness Doctrine because of racism.

If they can imply that Rush is broadcasting “racist” songs then they can say....he needs to be shut up. It is the same play book they used to set up Imus. Do you think it was a coincidence that they did this while Rush was on vacation and could not defend himself.

30 posted on 01/01/2009 5:34:44 AM PST by when the time is right
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To: Kaslin
And a greater percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

And let's not forget about what happened to Eisenhower's Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960.

31 posted on 01/01/2009 5:35:39 AM PST by Tribune7 (Obama wants to put the same crowd that ran Fannie Mae in charge of health care)
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To: Tribune7
Article, Why Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican:

National Black Republican Association

32 posted on 01/01/2009 5:51:38 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs...nothing more than Bald Haired Hippies!)
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To: Shadowstrike; All
It is Republican 'leadership' who have made it an issue.
33 posted on 01/01/2009 5:53:58 AM PST by LowCountryJoe (Do class-warfare and disdain of laissez-faire have their places in today's GOP?)
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To: LowCountryJoe

I think there are too many Republicans who prefer that party be weaker for whatever reason, and they will find ways to sabotage the party. Coversely, I think there are too many Democrats who prefer that country be weaker for whatever reason, and they will find ways to sabotage the country.


34 posted on 01/01/2009 6:25:20 AM PST by Homer1
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To: TheThinker

Negro is not a racial epithet and Obama isn’t even very negroid anyway.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

No it is not a racial epithet any more than Caucasian is but you can’t expect the race obsessed numbskulls to process that. If Dr. Jack Wheeler is correct Obama is no more than one sixteenth Negro and therefore should be considered Caucasian. I suspect Obama’s only true claim to being “African-American” is that he was born in Kenya which he denies. Of course anyone saying such things is branded by the media as a right wing kook worthy of the KKK...which oddly enough was limited to Democrats almost exclusively. There really is almost no market for reality in the media today.


35 posted on 01/01/2009 7:03:41 AM PST by RipSawyer (Great Grandpa was a Confederate soldier from the cradle of secession.)
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To: when the time is right
Take the Fairness Doctrine to every bumper on every car.

First the educated will "know" that the Demoncrats opposed the 13th, 14th & 15th Amendments.

So if someone like Sean Hannity where to take the next step as a "fact driven person" who educates the masses and uses the FACTS against the venom spitters....

He should put togther a bumper sticker along the lines of:

or this one which the idiot Democrats would think is a slam to Republicans.....

What we would bring about is a "stick in the eye" to the woefully ignorant people who will eventually "google" the 13th, 14th & 15th admendment facts"

Why is it we have facts and THEIR words and we aren't smart enough to SPIKE this info back into their face?

I will bet you...if Sean Hannity were to produce bumper stickers...advertise them at $5.00 each (and contribute to a charity - whatever)...and they start to appear on cars across America...the news will eventually get around to reporting the facts...people will "google" it.

Let the voices of "Fairness" stoke the discussion. How could "talking about history" as FACTS be disputed as something that has to have an equal voice to debate?

WHAT we would have to have a LIBERAL voice to "defend" the DEMOCRAT racist history?

I would have a "series" of similar bumper stickers...laced with ironic facts and USE IT.

Just as Rush did...he took a LIBERAL black man's words and have effectively used it as a 100 mph SPIKE in their face.

GOOD going Rush!

Other ideas for bumper stickers:


36 posted on 01/01/2009 7:12:11 AM PST by antivenom (Obama's parsed and lawyerly language is empty of any credible meaning...)
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To: TheThinker
Negro is not a racial epithet

Oh contrair, the other night FNC had Larry Elder and that “PhD, brotha” (you know this guy, he's rightfully earned a PhD just like my dog) on and the brotha said calling nobama a negro was racist.

The personna-non-grata list is growing awaiting activation when Red State Separation starts.

37 posted on 01/01/2009 7:38:00 AM PST by dusttoyou (Prime Minister Hitlery is "really" in charge)
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To: Kaslin
Hillary Clinton, before a group of blacks, condemned the then-Republican-controlled Congress: "When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about."

No, what she said was "yew know wut ah'm tawkin bout." which was the most stunningly pandering locution I've ever heard from a politician, and that's saying something.

38 posted on 01/01/2009 7:53:59 AM PST by denydenydeny ("Banish Merry Christmas. Get ready for Mad Max.."-Daniel Henninger)
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To: OL Hickory
I came across the term years ago in reference to the Stephen King usage of the cliche in his novels and movies.

His stories frequently have a benevolent and supernatural black character who steps in among the nasty, ugly, evil, guilty white characters. "Shining" etc.

It's a variation on "noble savage" in James Fennimore Cooper's novels, "Last of the Mohicans" etc.

I really have to say that I'm disappointed in Newt for jumping on the PC bandwagon and his FAKE outrage.

39 posted on 01/01/2009 8:05:41 AM PST by Mamzelle (Boycott Peggy Swoonin')
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To: NTHockey
No thanks, read here
40 posted on 01/01/2009 10:10:07 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: NeoConfederate

I think you are onto the scheme. Sure looks like the RINOs around W are part of it, too.


41 posted on 01/01/2009 12:07:53 PM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: Kaslin

Can’t be!

Nah, it’s got to be a WHITE guy.

LOL!!!


42 posted on 01/01/2009 4:52:07 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: TheThinker

“Obama isn’t even very negroid anyway.”

That’s the point of the original article.
One can agree or disagree with it, find Rush’s parody funny or unfunny, but calling every discussion that mixes race and Obama ‘racism’ gets us to the point of absurdity.


43 posted on 01/01/2009 9:53:13 PM PST by WOSG (Obama - a born in the USA socialist)
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To: antivenom

how about ...

Republicans: We were for civil rights (in the 1860s) before being for civil rights was cool (in the 1960s).


44 posted on 01/01/2009 9:55:45 PM PST by WOSG (Obama - a born in the USA socialist)
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