My goodness. Before we go condemning Saltzman, Rush Limbaugh, right wingers, and the GOP, perhaps we should get the full story.
This musical parody is old news. It's been out since May 2007. Why is this a controversy now? Millions of people, government officials and otherwise have already heard it, including Obama.http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/tim...ck-magic-negro
Where did the title of this parody come from? Why, a black, liberal writer by the name of David Ehrenstein (yes, he's black), who wrote an article titled "Barack the Magic Negro" published by the LA Times on March 19, 2007.http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...opinion-center
The song parody took it's inspiration from that title. If you listen to it you will understand that it's less about Obama than it is about Al Sharpton, failed presidential hopeful. A Sharpton imitator sings through a megaphone, doing a great impression of the good "Rev" who in real life is often found inciting hatred from behind a megaphone. Sharpton bemoans the fact that Obama's not an "authentic" negro, like he is. Obama didn't grow up in the hood, has no slave blood, is only half black, etc. If you'll recall, early in his campaign, these were criticisms leveled at Obama by some African-Americans.
"Barack the Magic Negro" is a clever parody that is neither racist, nor offensive once you actually listen to the lyrics and understand what it's about.