“Magic Negro”—Follow-Up

According to Politico.com, Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan has issued a statement Saturday distancing the party’s leadership from Chip Saltsman, who distributed a CD containing “Barack the Magic Negro” as part of his campaign to be elected chairman of the Republican National Committee next month.

Duncan’s statement, in full:

The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party. I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate as it clearly does not move us in the right direction.

Further, according to Politico:

In the “Republican Plan for Victory” that is Saltsman’s platform in the chairman’s race, he writes: “I believe that countering an emboldened Democratic Party, led by the Obama-Reid-Pelosi troika, requires an aggressive national strategy. This campaign’s message cannot depend upon traditional media outlets or communication methods. It will require building upon new media and developing and mastering new tactics.”

Mr. Saltsman, you are correct that, by choosing the Limbaugh smear way, you certainly are not depending “upon traditional media outlets or communication methods” to get your biased message across.

But, at the same time, you are totally incorrect in your claim that it “will require…mastering new tactics.”

The tactics you have chosen to use are not new—they are the same ugly ones that were used in the days of divisiveness, prejudice, and racism.

And to Republican National Committee Chairman, Mike Duncan: I salute you, Sir, for condemning such reprehensible tactics.

Author: DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

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