Hurray for the Magic Negro

Is the word “Negro” coming back? My mother used it along with “colored people” back in the day. Now the GOP is all over it. Recently they issued an apology to all the Negroes in America. I guess you could say it was from all their Caucasian friends at the GOP. Of course this is all about “Barack the Magic Negro,” a song parody sort of about Barack Obama. “We do not want one ill-considered song parody to create the wrong impression,” the RNC apology read. “The Republican Party has always been, and will always be, the friend of the negroe” (the extra “e” is the GOP’s.) So I think the word is back, and I expect the GOP to keep using it. It really reflects the way they think over there.

Frankly, I don’t think anyone really believes that one little song parody is creating the wrong impression. As I pointed out when Speaking Truth to Morons some time ago (See The Lincoln Legacy) racism is an important part of the GOP strategy. You play the race card (by using Willie Horton, or supporting whisper campaigns against John McCaine’s negro baby) and automatically you keep the southern racist vote which, when combined with the Christo-taliban and deregulation business blocks, gives you power.

The GOP loves Negroes. It has more problems with black people. I remember back in the 1970s when my next door neighbor, an up and coming young black businessman, got a personal call from Bob Dole to ask him to run for the state legislature. My neighbor was politically indifferent, but it was Kansas and it could not hurt an up and coming businessman to be a successful Republican in Kansas politics, and Bob Dole had called personally. So my neighbor agreed to run. (I should note that this was in one of the only places in Kansas where Republicans are not automatically elected each year). About a month before the election, the candidate stopped over to ask for help. It seems that while the Republicans were glad to put him on the ticket, they offered no money, no help getting money, no help with issues research. No help at all. The candidate had to appear at a candidate forum in two days, and did not want to embarrass himself. So I spent the next two evenings briefing him on the local issues, educating him on his opponents’ positions and what he might want to think about as opposing positions. (The opponent was a friend of mine, and I am a Democrat, so I could not help him formulate positions, but I did not want him to embarrass himself either.) My neighbor lost the election and I suspect never again got involved in politics, at least not as a Republican.

He had, however, served an important purpose. He proved that the GOP really did have Negroes in its membership. That’s exactly how they used Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Kenneth Blackwell, Clarence Thomas… in Powell’s case, they also got to use his good name to sell their criminal conspiracy.

So the GOP has a Negro problem. Few Negroes want to be GOPers, and most who sign up still eventually feel the cold breath of racism on the back of their necks. I think the tempest over the Magic Negro song merely underscores the GOP problem. They have so little credibility in this area that they have to apologize for what is, after all, just a parody.

Yes, Lush Rimjob, that dumb-ass pill popping radio jockey was right for once. It is a parody, and not a bad one if you get it. The pretense is that it is sung by Al Sharpton in response to an LA Times OpEd, in which the author opined that Obama was just black enough to assuage white liberal guilt and thus win the election. “Sharpton” sings: “Real black men like Snoop Dog, or me or Farrakan, Have talked the talk and walked the walk, Not come in late and won…”. So the satire is about the old black political establishment getting handed its ass by Obama and not being happy about it. A reasonable satiric turn on an LA Times Article, especially if you are a GOPer.

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