What does it take to be RNC chairman these days? Don’t ask Chip Saltsman, would-be contender to the throne who sent a music CD to his RNC mates for Christmas with “racist comedy” songs like The Star Spanglish Banner, and Barack the Magic Negro. I didn’t figure that I could really discuss this intelligently without hearing the song first, so I went to YouTube and found Magic Negro. It’s basically a complaint by Al Sharpton (not the real Al Sharpton, mind you, this is some white guy impersonating him) whining that Americans shouldn’t vote for Barack because he isn’t authentically black enough and his ascension to the presidency will somehow take money away from Sharpton.
Many have been calling calling foul while a few in the RNC have been defending the CD saying that it’s “legitimate political satire.” What these guys miss is that while it is perfectly kosher to discuss the world in terms of race, and often necessary in order to gain understanding, it is not cool to make fun of people using racist terms. That’s what being a racist means. It is not cool to be a racist if the person you are torpedoing is in the public eye any more than if he was some guy you saw in the parking lot at Target.
Chip picked Magic Negro because of the airplay it had been getting from Rush Limbaugh. I suspect he reasoned that since no one was bashing Rush for playing it, it would be okay for him to use too. Chip failed of course to take into account that while everyone expects Rush to be a belligerent, racist asshole, most of us hope for a little better from our politicians.
When will we learn?