wasn't it enough that the republicans allowed the democrats and the msm (is that redundant?) to decide who our nominee for potus was. isn't it enough that the attempt to appease liberals in all walks of life has netted the republicans the largest loss of seats since carter won in 1976? isn't it enough that the rockefeller republicans have turned the republican party into the democrat-lite party?
earlier this week i received an email from newsmax with the subject line of "Newt: Obama 'Magic Negro' Wrong; Rick Warren Invokes Christ?" of course i HAD to open it because i AM a glutton for punishment. in that regard i was not disappointed.
i want to point out that chip saltsman is not the man i want to become the new head of the rnc, personally i believe michael steele to be the best option at this moment in time. however, i don't dislike saltsman for rnc head because of any parody on the shanklin cd including (especially?) the "obama the magic negro" parody. i just believe steele is a better man to lead the party and get it back from the mercantilist who have been so firmly in control of the party as of late.
back to the email and the whole brouhaha over this parody and the authority of PC in the first place. the newsmax articlelinked to in the email starts like this:
Furious debates filled political blogs Tuesday, deepening Republican splits as the party tries to chart a course out of the political wilderness."
and it goes on from there. a little further down:
Opponents say the joke proves the Republican Party is badly out of touch.
The song "is a racist, hateful, sophomoric act," one blogger posted on the Politico.com site. "I can't wait until all you ethnic puritan-maniacs are retired, voted out, or six feet under."
i'm sorry, but i would bet money (although i have no proof of it) that this same poster at politico.com suffered (suffers still?) from bush derangement syndrome. this ilk of this poster, and probably this poster him (her?) self, have made too many ACTUALLY derogatory comments about bush, condoleeza rice and every other member of gwb's staff to enumerate.
finally the article gets to the meat and potatoes of the argument:
An on-line commentator for the National Review magazine, a pillar of U.S. conservatism, attacked Saltsman, saying: "The use of the term 'Negro' in the song rubs me the wrong way."
Newt Gingrich, a former Republican House speaker, told the New York Times that the song was "inappropriate" and said the flap should disqualify Saltsman from consideration as party head.
excuse me mr. article writer (they don't list a byline for the piece) but i'd like to be able to decide for myself if the nr commentator is actually pillar of u.s. conservatism. which commentator are you referring to, please? and as for newt, based on his flip-flopping opinion pertaining to the bailout, i'm pretty sure that at this point he has nothing much to say that i think it worth my time to listen.
additionally, what about the word "negro" makes this nr commentator uncomfortable? i realize that mirriam-webster's dictionary has become totally pc, but there is nothing offensive about this word. well except that the liberal elites have decided it's offensive. when i go to their on-line site it returns the following when i search on "negro":
Pronunciation: \ˈnē-(ˌ)grō\ Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural Negroes Etymology: Spanish or Portuguese, from negro black, from Latin nigr-, niger Date: 1555sometimes offensive : a member of a race of humankind native to Africa and classified according to physical features (as dark skin pigmentation)— Negro adjective sometimes offensive
Negro /nigro/nee-grohnoun1. a member of the peoples who have traditionally been classified as the Negro race, especially those who have originated in sub-Saharan Africa.2. being a member of the black races of peoples of humankind, especially those who originate in sub-Saharan Africa.
adjective3. describing, pertaining to, or characteristic of any of the traditional racial divisions of humankind, generally marked by brown to black skin pigmentation, dark eyes, and woolly or crisp hair and especially including the indigenous people of the races of Africa especially those located south of the Sahara.
"..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."
The senator's famously stem-winding stump speeches have been drawing huge crowds to hear him talk of uniting rather than dividing. A praiseworthy goal. Consequently, even the mild criticisms thrown his way have been waved away, "magically." He used to smoke, but now he doesn't; he racked up a bunch of delinquent parking tickets, but he paid them all back with an apology. And hey, is looking good in a bathing suit a bad thing?
The only mud that momentarily stuck was criticism (white and black alike) concerning Obama's alleged "inauthenticty," as compared to such sterling examples of "genuine" blackness as Al Sharpton and Snoop Dogg. Speaking as an African American whose last name has led to his racial "credentials" being challenged — often several times a day — I know how pesky this sort of thing can be.
Obama's fame right now has little to do with his political record or what he's written in his two (count 'em) books, or even what he's actually said in those stem-winders. It's the way he's said it that counts the most. It's his manner, which, as presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Biden ham-fistedly reminded us, is "articulate." His tone is always genial, his voice warm and unthreatening, and he hasn't called his opponents names (despite being baited by the media).
Like a comic-book superhero, Obama is there to help, out of the sheer goodness of a heart we need not know or understand. For as with all Magic Negroes, the less real he seems, the more desirable he becomes. If he were real, white America couldn't project all its fantasies of curative black benevolence on him.