Monday, April 30, 2007

Limbaughs and Bimbaughs: Barack the Magic Negro



What would Peter, Paul and Mary say?

When the King of Talk Show Hate, Rush Limbaugh, recently played this racist inspired video on his show, I really didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. So I laughed. I am still laughing, not WITH all the Limbaughs and Bimbaughs who shamelessly consumed the political parody as yet another Klan inspired, Right Wing free lunch, but AT Flush and Friends’ thinking (no wait—they don’t think, they just “do”) that last month’s LA Times article by David Ehrenstein was a call for all racists to trot out the hate speech AND put it to the tune of one the sixties most definitive anti war bands.
I had the chance to see PP&M live and to then attend a backstage party with them after an awesome performance they made in Santa Cruz to raise money for the United Farm Workers. I doubt they would be amused with this hate inspired video, however cloaked in political parody -- because these talented anti-war folk singers had respect and compassion for their fellow men and women, something the contemptible Limbaughs and Bimbaughs repeatedly fail to deliver on.,0,5335087.story?coll=la-opinion-center

Laugh about the political parody of this video, as the concept of the “Magic Negro” is an academic one to ponder as it relates to the dynamics of Barack’s campaign and Sharpton’s persistent criticism of it. But finding anything funny or tolerable about the inspiration and its intent by the authors is to part ways with the fight for civility and progress as PP&M would have insisted upon.


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