View Poll Results: Is the song "Barack the Magic Negro" racist?

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    Re: Is this song racist?

    Then don't comment.
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    Re: Is this song racist?

    It certainly plays into racial stereotypes, such as "real negroes" coming from the hood. Whether this is the author's viewpoint or his attempt at emulating and mocking Sharpton, I cannot tell.
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    Re: Is this song racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by 75Greeno View Post
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    So, you admit that you haven't actually listened to the song, and that your earlier comments were based upon nothing more than your asinine and presumptuous interpretation of the title?

    Please, you're embarrassing yourself...

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    Re: Is this song racist?

    I don't find it particularly racist at all. I think it makes fun of some racial issues but as far as being racist, no. I got over my knee-jerk response to the words Magic Negro in college when it was one of the topics we discussed in world literature.

    Is fairy godmother racist or agist because it is a little old white woman who does the same thing as the Magic Negro character in literature?

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    Re: Is this song racist?

    I think that this pretty clearly is just mocking Sharpton. The pictures certainly help put it in context though. One could be forgiven for just hearing it on Rush's radio program and not understanding that the real target isn't Obama.

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    Re: Is this song racist?

    Very amusing.

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    Re: Is this song racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by 75Greeno View Post
    yes it is obveous but so is the awnser to the question just look at the title
    I wrote in the first post:

    I only ask that before you post you actually click the link and listen to the lyrics of the song. If you think its racist, please quote the specific lyrics you find offensive.
    Was it too much to ask that you be informed before you weigh in?
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    Re: Is this song racist?

    Like most of the folks who have posted here so far, I don't see the song as racist. In fact it mocks claims from race baiters like Sharpton that Barack Obama isn't "black enough" or as the song puts it "he's black but not authentically".

    I think the song is pretty clear even without the images. If anything, if you took the song at face value, you could say its racist in that at face value it supports Sharpton's type of claims. But anyone who knows anything abotu Rush Limbaugh is going to know he's not on the same page as Sharpton on race.

    It certainly plays into racial stereotypes, such as "real negroes" coming from the hood. Whether this is the author's viewpoint or his attempt at emulating and mocking Sharpton, I cannot tell.
    Come on. Seriously? The voice even sounds like Sharpton. And the lyrics your mention are coming from two different places. The first section goes like this:

    The guy from the LA paper
    Said he makes guilty whites feel good
    They'll vote for him, and not for me
    Cause he's not from the hood

    The second part you're refering to comes later ...

    Real black men like Snoop Dog
    Or me or Farakan
    Have walked the walk and talked the talk
    Not come in late and won

    As for those who object to the title, the term Magic Negro is an established term refering to fictional characters in literature and film. Spike Lee (hardly a rabid racist) has even used the term.

    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_negro]Magical negro - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    The term was first applied to Obama by a black writer for the LA Times. Read the artical for yourself.

    Obama the 'Magic Negro' -- latimes.com

    This song was produced in response to the article and other similar claims made by folks like Sharpton.
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    Re: Is this song racist?

    Funny how all the people who were crying how racist this song is haven't posted here.
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    Re: Is this song racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Psychoclown View Post
    Funny how all the people who were crying how racist this song is haven't posted here.
    I thought the song was racist, but I hereby retract that claim. I admit that I made assumptions because of my low opinion of Rush and his tendency toward inflammatory rantings of poor taste.

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