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Obama haters: the new racism

July 29, 2009

Good to see that sane, rational-thinking people are addressing the bs that’s being put out there. Honestly, I don’t think that I’ve witnessed this kind of blatant racism in my lifetime. Eric Kleefeld lays it out. Beautifully.

Here (Go on, you know you want to.)

…So let’s take a look at some of those recent racially-charged attacks that have circulated against Obama, both right before and after the Gates incident.

Above all others, the real celebrity here has been Rush Limbaugh. He’s done this kind of thing before — remember the “Barack, The Magic Negro” song? But in the wake of the Gates incident, he’s managed to become even more hard-edged about it. “Here you have a black president trying to destroy a white policeman,” Limbaugh declared this past Friday. Yesterday, he shared a dream he’s had about the dangers to capitalism: “I had a dream that I was a slave building a sphinx in a desert that looked like Obama.” And he joked that food-safety advocates will go after all the unhealthy foods people like to eat, one by one — but they’ll have to wait until Obama is out of office to ban Oreos.

Glenn Beck said this today on Fox News: “This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture….”

You need to read the entire piece. He nails them. A poster on Kleefeld’s article sums the group up: Notice they’re all outspoken, overweight old white guys too.” BINGO!!

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13 comments

  1. “Barack the Magic Negro” was originally coined by the LA Times.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-ehrenstein19mar19,0,5335087.story?coll=la-opinion-center

    As a whole, the remarks of the Limbaugh and Beck are being miscontextualized here.

    Just sayin’.


    • Yes, it first appeared in in the LA Times, and Paul Shanklin is a known conservative satirist. Who happens to be from Memphis. Memphis is a wonderful city, but lots of race issues (at this point, I’m beginning to wonder what area doesn’t have racial concerns). But, Shanklin is not the focus here, so I’ll give him a pass.

      Limbaugh uses whatever in-the-gutter tactics he can. People have the choice to listen or turn him off. But, just because he didn’t compose the song, doesn’t mean he had to play his buddy’s CD. (Didn’t he hire Shanklin to write the song?) Shanklin could take a lesson – or 2 or 3 – from The Capitol Steps.

      But he enjoys bathing in bigotry & showering his followers with it. He’s of the klansman mentality without the robe.


  2. “Miscontextualized” is truly the operative word here.

    I would encourage you to look beyond the preconceived notions you have and go find the true motivation and reasoning behind the song with an open mind.


    • Oh, I’ve given this much thought, no preconception here. I spent the majority of my growing years in the deep South, and have witnessed and experienced much in this area. Admittedly, there are times that I change my conclusions when other points are brought to light. This is not one of them.

      Let me ask you this: What was/were the motive(s) behind the recording? What do you believe the goal was?


  3. Regardless of your personal experiences, spending time in the deep south doesn’t really justify your charge that Limbaugh or Beck are racists. When you can detect that these two and their contemporaries would seek to judge Obama or anyone else based on the color of their skin versus the content of their character, then and only then are you justified by playing the race card. Even then, passing judgment on someone isn’t what I personally feel we are here to do in the grand scheme of things.

    The song itself is just an amplification of the point which David Ehrenstein made in his 2007 article Obama the ‘Magic Negro’ in which Obama had emerged as a black man who assuaged feelings of white guilt. In the process, the efficacy of those like Al Sharpton to achieve their goals of racial harmony by using a bull horn had been marginalized. As such, the song was recorded in the voice of Al Sharpton while using a bull horn to drive home the point. Go read the lyrics and listen to the song. I’d be interested in learning where you find the racism in it.


    • Well, I’m going to have to disagree with you about whether or not my personal experiences and observations validate my view.

      I’ve read the article, I’ve read the lyrics of the song. As far as the song goes, again, I have no problem with satire. However, with the increase in hate crimes, hate groups, etc., I question the timing of the song and what Limbaugh and Shanklin hoped to accomplish. Financial rewards, being all over the news – publicity, more ad revenue….

      I stated once that I have no tolerance for intolerance. Paradoxical perhaps? People like Limbaugh and Beck, et al. feed that portion of the electorate that functions best when frenzied. So by pandering to the basest fears of a portion of his audience, they accomplish that. Look at what Beck did yesterday – convinced his audience that the government was going to take over their computers if people logged into a certain web site. Total proven falsehood, but let’s see if he clears that up when he resumes the story on Monday.

      These guys get paid for shock; I think it’s long past time that they elevate their conversations away from the destructiveness they create. My conviction remains that if one feeds racist fears, one is a racist. But, that’s just my opinion.


  4. Yet still, I don’t see where it’s been proven they are racist unless their comments are taken out of context.


    • When you combine the racially tinged comments that they have spoken in the past, it’s very obvious. They know full well what they are doing and how it’s going to play.


  5. Show me a “racially tinged” comment that hasn’t been derived from miscontextualization.


    • Show you? You’ve got the world at your fingertips. Lots of valid reports out there.


  6. No, there’s a lot of valid comments which have been taken out of context and twisted into evidence of racism. If you show me where Rush is criticizing Obama on the basis of the color of his skin versus content of his character and agenda, I’ll be more than happy to jump on the bandwagon.


  7. Tharpster is one of those people who fails to understand that racism is not always in your face and direct. In this 21st century it is done with a play of words. Any half wit can normally read between the lines and see what the motives are.
    If he fails to see Limbaugh for the racist he is, then this guy is either:
    a) Racist trying to coverup
    b) Very low on the IQ


  8. That’s very eloquent UGK. I won’t even dignify your ill informed claim as your use of a cookie cutter response reveals your inability to apply your own critical thought instead of the verbal flotsam you presented. Try something original next time. In the meantime, take a look at this:

    http://tharpster.org/2009/08/16/its-really-not-a-racist-matter/



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