... that the charge of "racism" just doesn't mean much anymore.
Oh, it still has its sting as the MSM will always lap up such a charge and run with it ad nauseum. But overall -- and this is drastically unfortunate for instances of REAL racism -- this past presidential campaign, in particular, has really "lowered the bar" on what constitutes "racism." Just ask liberal icons Geraldine Ferraro and Bill Clinton, among others. Hell, Barack Obama, who was supposed to "transcend" race, couldn't but help invoke his own hue when it served his self-interest -- "I don't look like those other guys on our money ... I got a funny name ..." -- even though John McCain had contorted himself in every which way to avoid even the slightest inference about race during the campaign.
Hypocritical? To say the least.
Just like this latest instance of liberal self-righteous racial indignation.
The chairman of the Republican National Committee said Saturday he was "shocked and appalled" that one of his potential successors had sent committee members a CD this Christmas featuring a 2007 parody song called "Barack the Magic Negro."
In spite of RNC Chairman Robert M. "Mike" Duncan's sharply negative reaction, former Tennessee GOP leader Chip Saltsman said that party leaders should stand up to criticism over distributing a CD with the song. He earlier defended the tune as one of several "lighthearted political parodies" that have aired on Rush Limbaugh's radio show.
Our local looney-bin, totally predictably, is in a tizzy about it. But unlike (amazingly!) the AP report of the subject, our local loons neglect to report one important fact:
The ditty by conservative comedian Paul Shanklin refers to a March 2007 opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times by David Ehrenstein headlined "Obama the 'Magic Negro.'" In the article, Ehrenstein argued that voting for Obama helped white voters alleviate guilt over racial wrongs in the past.
Ehrenstein is a well-known liberal.
So, let's do the quick synopsis: Ehrenstein's original article is not a big deal; Shanklin's parody and distribution thereof is. The former is a liberal; the latter is a conservative. Check. It really is as simple as that.
Was the distribution of the song a lousy idea? In my opinion, yeah. If it was up to me I certainly wouldn't have done it. But considering the absolute viciousness of liberal entertainers' "jokes" and "parodies" about/of conservatives over the years, this song parody is nothing. Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (who's black) said as much: "'There is hypersensitivity in the press regarding matters of race' because of Obama's election ..."
Alas, the opinion of people like Blackwell doesn't wash with faux "progressives." He's just a GOP "Uncle Tom." But let's face it -- these faux "progressives" don't really care much about racial matters. What they actually care about is using race as a political tool -- a wedge by which to consolidate more political power. Period. For, if they really cared, the outrage directed at this song parody would have been directed at Ehrenstein, too.
Former Watcher's Council member Rick Moran has more thoughts.