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December 28, 2008

The RNC and "Barack The Magic Negro"

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Bigstockphoto_stop_sign_smell_stupiTennessee Republican Chip Saltsman, a candidate for the Republican National Committee (RNC) chairmanship, according to CNN, sent a CD to committee members as a Christmas present that included the song "Barack The Magic Negro."

In defense of sending out the CD Saltsman told CNN:

"I think most people recognize political satire when they see it.  I think RNC members understand that."

See Mr. Saltsman, this is where you have it all wrong.  It doesn't matter if the "RNC members understand that."  Obviously, they're not the ones who are likely to be offended by it.  Black people are.  Right thinking people of any color are.

What matters is that it's not right.  That you don't get that is obvious.

Later in the day, CNN reported that the current RNC chairman Mike Duncan is "appalled" by what Saltsman did:

"I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate, as it clearly does not move us in the right direction."

I'll choose to take Duncan at his word because I don't know the man, but every time the RNC starts making noises about trying to bring more minorities into the fold, this is why black people and all people of color just laugh. 

I got news for Mr. Saltsman and everyone like him.  Barack Obama may be in your eyes, a "Magic Negro," but this is one Magic Negro who's now President of the United States.  This is one Magic Negro who's now Commander In Chief.  This is one Magic Negro who's now the most powerful man in the world.

And you know what Mr. Saltsman?  Get the hell over it!

I know you and your people---and by your people, I mean everyone who's in a panic like you that as an old white woman said after the election, there's now "a black man over me"---just can't stand the fact that everything you've ever felt about black people has been spun on it's head, but welcome to the freakin' 21st century. 

Black people are here to stay.  We're not going anywhere, we're not giving an inch of ground and we're never going to take seriously someone who thinks the circulation of such a song about a black President of the United States is funny.


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