Nonetheless, we felt this was a classic designation for our new President elect. His election and fund raising did indeed seem almost magic. A virtual unknown and inexperienced black man defeated many seasoned veterans in his quest to become the 44th President of the US. He raised the most money in history, and by a wide margin. He thrived on the Internet and became a hero of such websites as Digg.com, HuffingtonPost.com and even Youtube even though the vast majority of people worshiping him knew nearly nothing about him politically. His central popularity arose from three primary assets. He is a great orator, he can promise the moon and people believe it, and he isn’t Bush.
“The Magic Negro is a figure of postmodern folk culture, coined by…sociologists, to explain a cultural figure who emerged in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education. “He has no past, he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist,” from Wikipedia.
Hollywood writer David Ehrenstein associated the phrase “Magic Negro” with Barack Obama March 2007 Los Angeles Times piece: “Like a comic-book superhero, Obama is there to help, out of the sheer goodness of a heart we need not know or understand. For as with all Magic Negroes, the less real he seems, the more desirable he becomes.”
It is not any surprise that the left acts offended by such comments. Some right wingers like Rush Limbaugh have gleefully played with the phrase with articles like this tune.
If you cannot laugh at this even if you voted for Obama, you have a serious problem with your sense of humor. We have to admit, one must have a sense of humor in Politics, but liberals were quite offended when people found humor in the phrase “Magic Negro”. To which we say, in the famous words of Mick Jagger, “I’ve always said, you can’t take a joke, it’s too … bad.”
Liberals got all riled when Chip Saltsman gifted a CD containing the song “Barack the Magic Negro”. The media was quite critical of anyone poking fun at their Democratic icon. To which we exclaim, grow up.
Reflecting on what has happened since the election, however, one may actually consider Obama to be indeed magic. He has done absolutely nothing yet, and already gasoline prices have collapsed 60-70%! Despite Real Estate still being in the dumper, the economy has shown some signs of life! And the false association of Bush with all possible problems we have faced in America has created an optimism about Obama’s Presidency possibly never seen in America. Could it all be magic? Certainly, it could not be a Bush policy that worked.
We don’t know if Obama can live up to all the hype, and indeed his policies are taking dramatic shifts as he nears inauguration, but we are certain of one thing. With all the campaign promises Obama made, he had better be one “Magic Negro”.