Monday, March 19, 2007

from Liberal Los Angeles Times: "Obama, the Magic Negro"

Obama the 'Magic Negro'
The Illinois senator lends himself to white America's idealized, less-than-real black man.

By David Ehrenstein, Los Angeles Times Editorial, March 19, 2007

AS EVERY CARBON-BASED life form on this planet surely knows, Barack Obama, the junior Democratic senator from Illinois, is running for president. Since making his announcement, there has been no end of commentary about him in all quarters — musing over his charisma and the prospect he offers of being the first African American to be elected to the White House. But it's clear that Obama also is running for an equally important unelected office, in the province of the popular imagination — the "Magic Negro."
The Magic Negro is a figure of postmodern folk culture, coined by snarky 20th century 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," reads the description on Wikipedia
He's there to assuage white "guilt" over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history, while replacing stereotypes of a dangerous, highly sexualized black man with a benign figure for whom interracial sexual congress holds no interest. As might be expected, this figure is chiefly cinematic — embodied by such noted performers as Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, Scatman Crothers, Michael Clarke Duncan, Will Smith and, most recently, Don Cheadle. And that's not to mention a certain basketball player whose very nickname is "Magic." And what does the white man get out of the bargain? That's a question asked by John Guare in "Six Degrees of Separation," his brilliant retelling of the true saga of David Hampton — a young, personable gay con man who in the 1980s passed himself off as the son of none other than the real Sidney Poitier. Though he started small, using the ruse to get into Studio 54, Hampton discovered that countless gullible, well-heeled New Yorkers, vulnerable to the Magic Negro myth, were only too eager to believe in his baroque fantasy. But the same can't be said of most white Americans, whose desire for a noble, healing Negro hasn't faded. That's where Obama comes in: The senator's famously stem-winding stump speeches have been drawing huge crowds to hear him talk of uniting rather than dividing. A praiseworthy goal. Consequently, even the mild criticisms thrown his way have been waved away, "magically." He used to smoke, but now he doesn't; he racked up a bunch of delinquent parking tickets, but he paid them all back with an apology. And hey, is looking good in a bathing suit a bad thing?
The only mud that momentarily stuck was criticism (white and black alike).
Concerning Obama's alleged "inauthenticty," as compared to such sterling examples of "genuine" blackness as Al Sharpton and Snoop Dogg. Obama's fame right now has little to do with his political record or what he's written in his two (count 'em, two) books, or even what he's actually said in those stem-winders. It's the way he's said it that counts the most. It's his manner, which, as (White, Southern) presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Biden ham-fistedly reminded us, is "clean and articulate." His tone is always genial, his voice warm and unthreatening, and he hasn't called his opponents names (despite being baited by the media).
Like a comic 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. If he were real, white America couldn't project all its fantasies of curative black benevolence on him.


Barak Obama is trying to be many things all at once. "Become" many things, that is. But a "magic Negro?" to White voters? Plleeeease, spare me, Los Angeles Times. Spare me your racist and liberal drivel.

Only a Liberal could get away with this kind of published racial slur-- for as we all know, the 1st Amendment pertaining to freedom of Speech does NOT apply to Conservatives in this country today. Only Liberals, and only especially to Liberal Press outlets, like the LA Times, or CNN, or CBS. If Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter or the Fox News Channel had said "Magic Negro" first, the howls of outrage would be wall to wall from the Demmies, able to be heard in the most remote places of America, without radio or a television-, just by the decibels levels.

It may come as a real surprise to readers here, that the Local Malcontent totally ENDORSES Barak Hussein Obama for the Democratic Nominee for U.S. President!! Given his thorough and deep legislative history and experience, it is only a correct choice for ya'll Democrats to also endorse Barak HUSSEIN Obama.

Is he Black enough to lead America for 4 years? 8 years? Sure he is!! You Bet He Is !!
And I really, really want Barak Hussein Obama at the TOP of the Democratic ticket for Prez in 2008.
Don't you, won't you back him also?
Shame on the Los Angeles Times newspaper, for sinking to this depth of 'acceptable racism' by Liberal Tabloid journalism!


Rick Day said...

Obama is Black?

Are you sure??

Anonymous said...

When David Ehrenstein Of the L.A Times Coined the phrase Obama the ‘Magic Negro’Not One Lib or Left Wing Socailist even raised an eyebrow.
The video was done by someone other than Rush and attached to it on YouTube in what is obviously a racist motivated smear. However it cannot come close to the racist comments by the Honorable Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton who seem to have become the language Police of the Airwaves.
Now that someone On the Right has Made a parody of the Phrase and out of Legitimate Quotes and statements of the so called “honarable” Al Sharpton We hear all sorts of crys for “Off With his head” and “racisim.”
Obama himself Laughed about the parody.
Once again proveing The Folks on the right prefer to deal in facts and the socailists on the left prefer knee jerk emotional Selective Outrage.
Isnt it funny how on the left a free ride is given to insensitive or racist comments however let a spokesman on the right repeat what they said in parody and its becomes huge issue worthy of the hate mongers who pray to get some kind of traction with it even though they don’t know the facts behind it.