The CD, called “We Hate the USA,” lampoons liberals with such songs as “John Edwards’ Poverty Tour,” “Wright place, wrong pastor,” “Love Client #9,” “Ivory and Ebony” and “The Star Spanglish banner.”The latter made a wave on Limbaugh's show last year. Shanklin, a mid-south resident, was on the Mike Fleming radio show this afternoon defending the song, which is actually a jab at Al Sharpton more than anything else (back when Al wasn't quite down with Obama's hopenchangewagon yet). Yes, it does push the limits of political correctness, just as Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart do every week with a variety of issues.
Several of the track titles, including “Barack the Magic Negro,” are written in bold font.
In reality the song is probably no more offensive than a stock Ted Rall cartoon or Howard Dean press conference--neither of whom should be banned for speaking their minds.
The hidden story here isn't the song but that of Chip Saltsman--evidently one of his gift recipients either took offense or decided to use it against him. Neither the Hill nor CNN explored that area, preferring to leave a hot steaming race card laying bare-naked on the table.
But the story is also one of acceptable parody in a post-racial political world. Notice nobody is busting on the LA Times for publishing the original "Magic Negro" column. Is that because the writer is black?
RNC Chair Duncan has responded and we finally get a whiff of what might be going on here. Both are up for the chairman position. Duncan does not seem afraid to toss Saltsman under the race card bus and further divide the party to win reelection. But the greater question should be this--why should the party even remotely consider giving him his job back?
DIVERSE REACTION 12/27/08
Ken Blackwell and Saul Anuzis, both candidates for the RNC Chair, have weighed in on the controversy. Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State who happens to be black, defended Saltsman while Azunis, a white candidate from Michigan, did not. I think they are both right. Blackwell is right because the media is hypersensitive about race--they're the ones who picked out the Magic Negro song from a list of 41 on the tape to hype the story, while Azunis was correct in that Saltsman's "gift" was a little inappropriate for the occasion.
Still, framed next to Howard Dean's comments as the actual DNC Chair this is a non-story.
GRAY LADY SINGS 12/27/08
And she hits an off note. Not one mention in this Jason DeParle 'blog' article about the origination of the parody. Good grief, even CNN mentioned that.
PUFF WOULD NOT APPROVE 12/28/08
According to Peter Yarrow, the co-writer of Puff the Magic Dragon. Once again, another post not mentioning the origin of the parody.
But I wonder, is he against ALL political parody from here forward? Does coming together behind the One, something the left wholeheartedly refused to do with Forty Three (despite a war), trump freedom of expression and dissent now?