Tuesday, December 30, 2008

"Barack The Magic Negro" (& Other Republican Myths)

You know, I've had a good couple of weeks and I've been in a really great mood. I have been writing light-hearted stuff about family, friends, sports, etc. and basically left the political stuff alone. Oh, I wrote a few here and there but, I was going to wait until the New Year before I began writing really serious posts again. Then, while I was enjoying a nice slice of sweet potato pie and looking over a menu for pasta with shrimps, I happened to see "Barack The Magic Negro."

This video is supposed to be a parody, put out by those great members of the "thinking impaired" and played on that champion of the thinking impaired's radio show, Rush Limbaugh. I believe they all got a big chuckle out of it. You know what? I'm not even mad or outraged by it. I like a good joke and I like a good parody. After all, Saturday Night Live skewered Sarah Palin all summer long. Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, and Bill Mahr skewer The Bush Administration and other Republicans nightly. In fact, they do it so much that I wonder what they're going to do now that the gang is packing their bags and about to leave.

I think Rush, Sean Hannity, and that crowd are just going to be preaching to their respective choirs for the next four to eight years and that choir is growing smaller and smaller. After the way their guys have screwed up this country, I doubt that anyone wants to hear what they are saying. They can't possibly justify this last president, his administration (if that's what you want to call it), or any Republican policies. The bank failures, the near collapse of Wall Street, and the near collapse of the auto industry all bears me out. The failure to find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, as well as the failure to give any sane reasoning as to why we are still there now, also bears me out. People just don't want to hear it.

So, they can have their little laugh and they can beat a dead horse with their obvious fear and hatred of Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev, Jeremiah Wright, Mr. Bill Ayers, and whoever... nobody is listening to them except the brain dead who were listening all along and I suspect that even their numbers are starting to grow smaller.

Now that Barack Obama is president, they keep implying that the Civil Rights leaders aren't going to have anything to do (that's more of what they hope rather than what's real). Unfortunately, there are some misguided blacks who believe this too. They say... "The sky is the limit, there are no more excuses." In a sense, that maybe true but, those of us who are intelligent know that Barack Obama's election, as historic and great as it is, only means one thing... that he got elected as the first African-American president. There are still things that need to be done and addressed before America truly becomes the nation it was meant to be and can be.

Oh, and America can and will be a color blind nation soon and an even greater nation of opportunity than it has been. It will be, not because Barack Obama got elected but, because trends are showing that the majority of the American people are rejecting racism and all of those old tired notions of fear mongering, division, and mistrust brought on by certain elements of our society, who just happen to listen to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. This bodes well for the future... it really does. People are forced to look at a boat where we all are sinking across the boards and they are seeing that no man truly is an island... we either swim together or drown together but, either way, we are all in this collective boat called America together. People are concerned about their futures.

Smart people realize that we don't have the time or the luxury to worry if Samuel and Robert plan to get married and move down the street. We don't have time to worry if Mary is going to have a (legal) abortion. We don't have time to concern ourselves if Sarah, who is white, is dating that African-American, Mexican, Native-American boy who worships at the Jewish temple and what their baby will look like. People are worried about their jobs, retirement, cars, and medical coverage. They also realize that Sam and Robert are worried about the same thing... Sarah and Julio Running Feather Jenkins Schwartz are also worried about the same thing... and so is Mary and her parents.

So, with all of that said, all of you other people who obviously have been unemployed for a while and have the time on your hands to watch or listen to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity (who by the way, are also worried about their portfolios), enjoy "Barack, The Magic Negro." Have a good laugh and maybe... just maybe... "Barack The Magic Negro" might just help you guys out.


Kofi Bofah said...


OK. Back to reading...

Kofi Bofah said...

EDIT: I forgot the important 'NOT' in my last one.

Well-written post.

Personally, I am not feeling this video.

I think you bring up interesting points. I am really hoping that the Barack Obama presidency is NOT used as a tool by the ignorant to marginalize racism:

2007: "I have a lot of Black friends."
2008: "Look, there is a Black President!"

Hmph. There is so much more work that needs to be done.

truth said...

I think your right, many in this country are not paying attention to Republican stupidity. For the ones that still support Limbaugh and his ignorance, ignore them. If anyone still supports these clowns after the last eight years of George Bush, they're not rational to begin with. Which means a debate with them would be a waste of time.

Simon Bastion said...

Standing and Applauding you for telling it like it is.

James Perkins said...

I for one am outraged at this stupid parody. I can't imagine another President Elect being treated with such dis-respect.
Limbaugh and Hannity are both idiots.

Jazzy said...

That's so uncool....That "Parody"
Good Post as always!

Vanessa said...

Rush and Sean Hannity and all of the other haters are just what you said...Scared!

Halo said...

I didn't find this parody funny at all. There is a Black guy who is running for Republican National
Committee chairman who is trying to
say that the "Media is being hypersensitive" Another apologist..They can always find one.

Angie B. said...

I for one am not mad... This thing isn't even funny and you can barely understand what they are saying..It makes who ever created it look dumb as far as I'm concerned.

Tate 2 said...

I wonder how Black Republicans feel when something like this happens? I wonder if they call up their party office and go- "Hey,what are you guys doing? You're killin us.."lolololol..just a thought.

Sunflower said...

A very thoughtful post Keith and you make some very good points...but America is at least a
generation away from being a "Color
Blind" Nation...There is a hell of a lot of work to be done.

Swaggie said...

Cool Post man..Everybody else has said everything I was gonna say anyway.lolol

Toni said...

Good Post as always Keith. I don't like this so called "Parody"-It smacks of racism...Whoever made it should be ashamed of themselves.

Lisa said...

I could hardly understand what they were saying in this thing anyway...I didn't find it funny...
but hey,Let the haters hate..They got four years at least to marinate in it..

Grover Tha Playboy said...

It wasn't funny to me..seemed kind of juvenile. If that's the best the
haters got..Let em have it. Good Post Brother Keith.

Anonymous said...

As much as President Bush has been ridiculed and you people get upset because Barack Obama is parodied just once??? OH give me a break!!

Opinionated Diva said...

I think your next to last paragraph speaks VOLUMES. Those of us who know better...the smart people focus on real issues, the job market, wall street, getting the troops home, etc. At the end of the day it really doesn't affect me if John and Steve want to get married...I'd wish them well even! lol

As for the video...haven't watched it yet.

Anonymous said...

When someone speaks highly of Bush and his administration, I just walk away. It's not worth arguing with a fool.

Julio Running Feather Jenkins Schwartz...LOL You wrong.

OG, The Original Glamazon said...

Well said I see you banging out the post! Just wanted to stop in and say hello before the 08 is O-U-T!


Darius T. Williams said...

Is it me - but why is the video not working? There's no sound.


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