“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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  1. I was very hopeful upon receiving the below commentary – thinking, maybe, just maybe our country is turning the corner. Then the news of a political figure thinking it was good taste to send a “Christmas” gift out with several inappropriate songs, songs that once again set our country back – appalling. I am not sure what is more offensive, the fact that the songs were created, that the cd was sent as a Christmas gift or that Saltsman is trying to defend both actions.

    It is a shame that we still have ignorance in this country, it is a shame that some of our most ignorant Americans are in a position to make decisions for our country and quite another shame that we as Americans will again tolerate this as “just a joke” — it is not a joke and no one should laugh!

    While the media continues to blow on the embers of this story to keep the flames burning – I will take this opportunity to post a very well written commentary from one of our educators:

    This is a lengthy article, but it is well worth the read. The author is a white man (in the event it is not obvious). I believe it is a blessing to know that men such as him are out there and as concerned as many of us are.

    YOU MUST READ THIS LETTER WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN THE MACON TELEGRAPH YESTERDAY. IT WAS WRITTEN BY A PROFESSOR AT MACON STATE UNIV.GA http://univ.ga/………SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS

    When Are WE Going to Get Over It?

    For much of the last forty years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African Americans finally going to get over it? Now I want to ask “When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color?

    Recent reports that “Election Spurs 'Hundreds' of Race Threats, Crimes” should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than “talk the talk.” Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood.

    We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United States for some 400 years on this continent. Conservative whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right. Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or either of the Bushes. Criticize them, yes. Call for their impeachment, perhaps. But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was non-political mental case who wanted merely to impress Jody Foster.

    But elect a liberal who happens to be black and we're back in the sixties again. At this point in our history, we should be proud that we've proven what conservatives are always saying-that in America anything is possible, EVEN electing a black man as president. But instead we now hear that schoolchildren from Maine to California are talking about wanting to “assassinate Obama.”

    Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, “How long?” How long before we white people realize we can't make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can-once and for all-get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color? How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior? How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites? How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations? I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loudmouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do? How long before we starting “living out the true meaning” of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that “red and yellow, black and white” all are precious in God's sight?

    Until this past November 4, I didn't believe this country would ever elect an African American to the presidency. I still don't believe I'll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem. But here's my three-point plan:

    First, everyday that Barack Obama lives in the White House that Black Slaves Built I'm going to pray that God (and the Secret Service) will protect him and his family from us white people.

    Second, I'm going to report to the FBI any white person I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatening nature about President Obama.

  2. Seminolemom:

    Thank you for sharing the letter from the Macon Telegraph. I personally was very touched by the feelings, the hopes and the fears expressed by the letter writer–and share the vast majority of them.

    We'll see what other readers say about it..

    Dorian

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  3. When 98% of blacks will always vote for one political party, then why should the other party care what they feel about anything. The Republicans have pandered to blacks for years now and are stilled called racist at every opportunity. Bush supported minority set asies and quotas, pander to illegal aliens, and filled his administration with quota blacks, yet he still was called a racist.

  4. GOP = Goofs on Parade

  5. Quota blacks? OK….am I going to get called out for suggesting that SD's picture should be changed to a Klan hood? Sorry if I am but after that post….

  6. Pandered to blacks for years now??? Now that's a howler, SD.

    Colin Powell and Condi cannot possibly be considered quota blacks!

    Under the Bush administration the civil rights division of the Justice Dept was used to pursue reverse discrimination cases and defend fundamentalist Christians right to practice their religion in the public domain.

    Bush spurned the NAACP for years and the GOP's candidates avoided campaigning in black arenas as well.

    SD if you want to understand black history there's a new museum in DC that has a pictorial exhibit from the days of slavery on. There are a lot of little tidbits about how freed blacks were prevented from gathering at each other's homes, were not welcome in public places or at public events and had a 10' o' clock curfew. This went on well into the 20th century.

    If there have been quotas maybe its to make up for the systemic discrimination that taints our history for hundreds of years.

  7. SD,
    When a white Southern Republican passes around a racial parody CD and thinks nothing of it, the problem goes well beyond keeping blacks out of the GOP. The message is that anybody who is not a racist white has no place in the GOP.

  8. BHO is NOT Black. Biologically he is Caucasian because his MOTHER was Caucasian. He is NOT our first Black president. He is our first Mulatto president.

    So far, he is scamming everyone, including the 98% Blacks who voted for him because they think he is Black. Where is all this CHANGE? His newly appointed cabinet is a conglomeration of both Bush Sr. & Bush Jr.'s cabinets, along with some leftovers from Clinton's cabinet. And there are only TWO BLACKS among them, again, leftovers. The rest are WHITE. BHO is no more black than the man in the moon.

    And BHO is neither liberal nor conservative. He is socialist. Or whatever he thinks he needs to be at any given moment. I think the word is “chameleon”.

    The White House was not built by black slaves. Also mixed in that labor pool were British & French prisoners. You don't hear any of their ancesters still carrying on about that, do you? And what about the Irish immigrants who were kidnapped as they got off the boats in NY harbor – and forced to fight in the Civil War? The list is endless.

    Now, WHO is ignorant?

  9. Mulatto has absolutely no meaning in biology. None. To claim otherwise is simply ignorance on parade.

  10. binkybud

    You should familiarize yourself with the way blacks have been treated throughout our history. The Irish were not brought over in chains and if British prisoners worked to build the WH– it was because they had committed a crime. The only crime African-Americans committed was being born with black skin. They were subjugated as a race until after the Civil Rights movement- which in some cases meant the 1970's. That means that many alive now remember segregation and Jim Crow– of not being allowed to eat at a restaurant in the South or stay in a hotel. It was degrading and wrong.

    Obama IS black- but he ran as an American which is why his cabinet reflects the diversity of our nation as a whole. He put Republicans in it because he needs their support to rebuild this country and rescue the middle class.
    You can't imagine what it is like to never be able to tell your children that they can be anything they want- even president if they try hard enough. That is why many blacks voted for Obama.
    How is that a scam?

  11. Bush's handling of the Katrina crisis shows all we need to know about his prejudices. He's a Texas racist. Whites are very afraid that a black man will show the world how this country should be run, and in the process, reveal just how dumb the white man really is. The entire world is tired of the white man, and cha ching… change is coming!

  12. oldskool,

    What would FEMA have done differently if New Orleans had been filled with whites. By your logic, the blacks who run New Orleans must really hate blacks because they refused to prepare for a possible flood.

    Kritt, Alphonse Jackson is the poster child for quota black. Also, the Bush Administration sat on its hands while Supreme Court cases on minority set asides, admission quotas, and forced busing came in front of the Supreme Court. Karl Rove and President Bush have, as a matter of policy, have always keep quite on anti-affirmative action initiatives and referendums.

    What the parody is really about is how elite whites refuse to believe anything bad about President-elect Obama and how he will solve all problems. Based upon many of the comments here at Themoderatevoice, it is easy to see that many white progressives believe President-elect Obama can really solve all problems and that all of the causes of the current problems will not matter to the Obama ADministration. (See how people believe that a big city Democratic polticians can really make inner city schools better even thought Democrats have had decades to solve that problem and have never gotten close).

  13. The New York Times published an opinion piece on the “Magic Negro” cotroversy, and provided for feedback …sofar it has gotten almost 400 comments.

    Here is one that according to Republicans –and especially when compared with “Barack the Magic Negro”—could be called very “lighhearted, innocent, good-humored, very funny, very respectful” parody satire on our soon-to-depart president

    It was posted by williambanzai7

    BUSH THE FECKLESS CONMAN BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE GOP
    (to the melody of Barack the Magic Negro or Puff the Magic Dragon)

    Bush, the feckless conman brought to you by the GOP
    Frolicked with the hypocrites of the grand old party of dishonesty,
    Little Dicky Cheney loved that rascal Bush,
    And brought him water boards, illegal wire taps and other fancy stuff. oh

    Bush, the feckless conman brought to you by the GOP
    Frolicked with the hypocrites of the grand old party of dishonesty
    Bush, the feckless conman brought to you by the GOP
    Frolicked with the hypocrites of the grand old party of dishonesty

    Together they would travel on a Presidential yacht filled with felons, child molesters, liars and corrupt political appointees.
    Dickie kept a lookout while Dubya huffed and puffed and failed his own country,
    Hastert, Delay, Foley, Craig, Vitter, Gonzalez, Libby, Stevens, Brownie, Rummy the list’s too long to explain,
    Somali pirate ships should all lower their flags to honor the Republican hall of shame. oh!

    Bush, the feckless conman brought to you by the GOP
    Frolicked with the hypocrites of the grand old party of dishonesty
    Bush, the feckless conman brought to you by the GOP
    Frolicked with the hypocrites of the grand old party of dishonesty

    A dragon lives forever but not so the two faced, lying and corrupt
    West wings and campaign finance rings make way for boy toys behind bars.
    One grey night it happened, Barack came knocking on the White House door
    And Bush that cagey conman, ceased his feckless roar.

    His head was bent in sorrow, the neocons cried in pain,
    Dickie could no longer play along the Camp David lane.
    Outside the oval office, Dubya could not be brave,
    So Bush that feckless conman sadly slipped into his Crawford cave. oh!

    Bush, the feckless conman brought to you by the GOP
    Frolicked with the hypocrites of the grand old party of dishonesty
    Bush, the feckless conman brought to you by the GOP
    Frolicked with the hypocrites of the grand old party of dishonesty

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