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Limbaugh realizes Obama is black, warns nation

Right-wing blowhard Rush Limbaugh has been having a ball throwing the N-word at presidential candidate Barak Obama—that's N as in "Negro." Limbaugh, who calls Obama "Halfrican American,"  has been airing a song by Paul Franklin Shanklin* on his radio show called "Barak the Magic Negro," which is to be sung to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon."

The shock jock legitimizes his use of the phrase "magic negro" by noting he plucked it came from an Op-Ed by commentator David Ehrenstein that ran in the L.A. Times. Ehrenstein wrote, in a nuanced argument, that Obama fulfills the classic Hollywood role of a "noble, healing Negro" who assuages white guilt over slavery and segregation....

"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."

Demonstrating the principle that there's no aesthetic woolgathering so rarefied it can't be turned into a raspberry, Limbaugh uses the phrase mainly to emphasize that, in case you didn't notice, Obama is black. Oh, and Al Sharpton is black too. The song actually mocks Sharpton more than Obama, having the phony Sharpton sing that he has more street credibility and is therefore is more authentically black than the senator.

Actually, all questions about Obama's blackness should have been laid to rest last week when he was given secret service protection—the earliest ever for a presidential candidate—amid concerns raised by  racist chatter on white supremacist Web sites.

Oh, and Obama simply calls the song "dumb."

* Thanks to reader Eric for the correction.


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American Yank

What Limbaugh did was hillarious and made your paper eat crow. By the way is the LA Times ever planning to cover the sudden retirement of Sen. Feinstein from the MILCOM subcommittee? You know the committee that approved no bid work from companies whose stock was owned by Feinstein's husband billionaire Richard Blum?

Thomas Solomon

As usual, the L(eftist) A(ssociation) Times profers their politically-correct, socialist-bent, minority-focused opinion that minority status should be ignored in selected cases (but NOT in affirmative action plans, government minority-focused re-appropriation of handouts to buy the votes, sex-deviate focused government-sanctioned favoritism in legislation, etc.), and misses the point of the whole issue. I am no Rush follower, but to attack a white, heterosexual, male is the lowest form of bias. While the Sharpton's, Jackson's, Farrakhan's, and hip-hop/rappers freely use race at every opportunity to attack whites, they are not "blowhards"?????The black lynching of Don Imus comes to mind, where calling a spade a spade is frowned upon as offensive.


Madam, you show your biases and are factually incorrect.

It's Paul Shanklin who did that parody.

Coming from the LA Times I know that you will put your foot in your mouth...the question is how you are going to get the other foot in there with it.


Apparently your reporters don't care about facts.

They just care about misinforming their readers. We're onto you! Have fun.


Are there any left-wing blowhards? Are there any left-wing opinion journalists? How about left-wing think tanks? Google any of these and notice how "right-wing" is everywhere, and left-wing doesn't exist. If I was a lefty, I would be upset that anything "left wing" is so hidden in America, it's the appelation that can't be spoken., an unmentionable persuasion.

Proud Right-Wing American

k parfitt

You said:

Limbaugh uses the phrase mainly to emphasize that, in case you didn't notice, Obama is black. Oh, and Al Sharpton is black too.

You got it wrong. As a regular listener to Rush I can assure you that is not his intent.

It's a parody poking fun of white liberals and their obsession with race.

If you go to Rush's website he makes that abundantly clear.


If you're going to write an opinion column at least do a little research on the subject.
The Limbaugh parody was castigating Ehrenstein for perpetuating the "Magic Negro" stereotype that dates back to Sidney Poitier's role in the THE DEFIANT ONE, circa 1958 and carried forward in THE SHINING IN 1977, the 1980 film adptation and the 1997 television mini-series of the novel.
Even Spike Lee satirized the stereotype in 2000 with the movie BAMBOOZLED.
Ehrenstein was foolish to use the stereotype, but not as foolish as was Sharpton for questioning Obama's blackness because he,"isn't down with the struggle."
The use of Sharpton in the parody was comic genius. Al wants a black man to be free of original ideas that might interfer with his hustle. Limbaugh simply popped the balloon of intra-racial racism that infects the radical side of my party.

Andy Z

Paul Franklin? Rush is shock jock? He uses the song to emphasize that Obama is black? Did it ever cross your mind to listen to the show and get at least a couple facts before writing an article about it?

David Ehrenstein

There's Bad news for Rush in the news today.

And his acolytes (who have assembled here in full foaming-at-the-mouth cry) would do well to consult my Blog for further drubbing.

Have fun, children.


Rush should be forgiven as he is a fat drug addict who was probably high on his oxycottin.
Steve-o's comment was typically stupid right wign hogwash. " Lefties" don't attract the same objectionable labels because we don't believe in intolerance as a policy or platform. Also because we are not as paranoid as right wingers, who, as ever, deny their race-baiting, sexist, and exclusionary beliefs, while draping an American flag over every instance of corruption in their own party! Praise the Lord and Pass the ammunition...the righties are just anachronistic, and now they whine like punks in the schoolyard who aren't getting their way. Wait a minute...that's what they've always done!


What do you expect when you write things about Limbaugh? He is the last hope of the American Extra racist society who know that they are struggling to have a voice in the transforming American society. These guys are desperate and will go tooth and nail to find reasons to disturb the racial harmony beginning to grow in America. They talk as if they know and own God. The KKK was destroyed and they hate that but they are next. But my prediction is that the American society will keep changing until such evil elements like Limbaugh and his followers are wiped out, not with force but with lack of support. One thing for sure is that when democrats take over this county he will go to jail, just watch it.

AL Martin

At least try to get the facts straight before you publish trash like this. Who looks bad now? Limbaugh, or the LATimes?


Here's another correction for you. This is not a sentence, at least in English:

"The shock jock legitimizes his use of the phrase "magic negro" by noting he plucked it came from an Op-Ed by commentator David Ehrenstein that ran in the L.A. Times."

yours truly, johnny dollar

Eric, how many feet does Lisa Richardson have? One foot is in her mouth;
one foot is in another orifice. Remember Ditto-heads were panicked that
Rush would have no material to work with when Clinton was elected.
Contrare Contrare. Long live the Los Angeles Times, as Rush puts it,
just so we won't forget who these people are. (out of sight; out of mind
is dangerous)...just look at how unaware/disinterested in five plus years we have become since the days grow short when we forget about a certain September morn. Then gluttons wish we weren't the lean mean fighting machine.
The US will rot from within; not rot from without.


I don't understand how so many people can have so much disdain for a one of the few credible news sources left: The Los Angeles Times.

For God's sake, think about the effort involved delivering the news to your doorstep and desktop every day.

Whether you're on the right or the left you have to respect the role of the Times in our community.

Stop bashing YOUR community paper!

Graham McCann
7-day subscriber

Rogue Trader

It doesn't seem a very 'nuanced argument' when Ehrenstein out and out calls Obama a Magic Negro.

Something this Opinion LA article takes great pains hide.

Nice try trying to spin a non event off on the "Shock Jock'".

yours truly, johnny dollar

David Errorstein, you may get that news job at Channel 13 in Sacramento
after all. See you in make-up. Remember the job title is "news reader;"
there are no longer any "anchor" job titles. Coming out in three, two, one.
"Go David." "Good Morning, Sacramento..."

Tyrone Beasly

Rush Limbaugh is a 'self admitted' entertainer.
Why don't the LA Times talk about Senator D. Finestein's position on the Military Construction Committee.
Better yet, write about the way the Chandlers got some downtown L.A. commercial property for next to nothing when FDR threw innocent people in concentration camps?
THEN you'll impress me.

Tyrone Beasly

Attention Mr. Ehrenstein;
You lofted a softball across Limbaugh/SHAKLIN's plate and they knocked it out of the field.
Now let's get serious and talk about how the LA Times acquired some very valuable commercial property in downtown LA when FDR threw a bunch of innocent folks in concentration camps.


What can we say? Limbaugh is part of the white majority, male and white.

All minorities, women included, have long endured such diatribes when the dominate culture is concerned about too much attention being placed on it.

I say: Focus on the white dominate culture and learn about priviledge, class and power..compared to those who have to deal with the "white male culture daily". The more we see the disparity the more we can change!


Why aren't you reporting on important things like congressman jefferson from Lousianna being found with $90,000 of bribe money in his freezer, or that senator from your state who was shifting no bid military contracts to her husband, or the fact that Bill (bj) Clinton fired all 93 us attorneys when he was president... the answer is of course that you are part of the liberal media establishment, THAT is why your readership is going down and will continue to do so. whoever's job it is to read this e-mail, your job may be next due to t he liberal slant of your fake news paper. you can say your not biased all you want but nobody believes you... your basically arguing with a stop sign when you do that because normal people know better no matter what you say.

K A Wazy

It is no longer upsetting to read and hear the moronic right wingers beating their chests. Turns out they are a loud but tiny and ever-shrinking minority (extinct in publc office after the 2008 elections). People who have real jobs don't have time to listen to Limbaugh anyway; those who do continue to make him a rich man and he laughs at them all the way to the bank. Even the Republicans in Congress are scared stiff they are about to be deposed.

yours truly, johnny dollar

When you include women with minorities, then minorities are no longer the minority. Do the math. The result is that the white male is the minority.
Let's now talk minority rights. Now add in the politically correct
"minorities, women and children." Who is left (behind)? The white male.
But fear not; all is well as long as....everyone is still swimming this direction...
wanting a piece of this "white male" pie (that they had no part in baking).
It's the hand-out panhandling non-white male fast-food-counter culture cafe
crowd. Order up!

yours truly, johnny dollar

Graham, getting your news from the Los Angeles Times and respecting
its role in the Los Angeles community is akin to my depending on
The Jerry Springer Show and some children's program in Spanish on KCET
for my "community" information.
Excuse me, I have to take a phone conference call from Opus and Bill the Cat.

David Ehrenstein

Pretty clear who Rush is rooting for to win the Presidency Rudy Giuliani!

And here's the perfect campign song for them:

"I'm waiting for my man
Twenty-six dollars in my hand
Up to lexington, 125
Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive
I'm waiting for my man

Hey, white boy, what you doin uptown?
Hey, white boy, you chasin our women around?
Oh pardon me sir, its the furthest from my mind
I'm just lookin for a dear, dear friend of mine
I'm waiting for my man

Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
Pr shoes and a big straw hat
He's never early, he's always late
First thing you learn is you always gotta wait
I'm waiting for my man

Up to a brownstone, up three flights of stairs
Everybodys pinned you, but nobody cares
He's got the works, gives you sweet taste
Ah then you gotta split because you got no time to waste
I'm waiting for my man

Baby don't you holler, darlin' dont you bawl and shout
I'm feeling good, you know I'm gonna work it on out
I'm feeling good, Im feeling oh so fine
Until tomorrow, but that's just some other time
I'm waiting for my man"

yours truly, johnny dollar

That campaign song must be a West Hollywood inside joke thang.
Maybe you could reserve the lyrics for the inside joke blog
(located inside the Spring Street building).

David Ehrenstein

Mr. Dollar shows he should be marked down to 50 cents.

yours truly, johnny dollar

50 cents is richer than I am...by maybe 50 cents.


The only way the world would stop looking at us as Black Americans and White Americans is when we begin to look at each other as simply Americans. When we loose the shallow habit of looking at the surface and judging the core. When each and every one of us begins to truly understand and appreciate that our individual efforts reflects our collective mind set. When we take a look at each other and finally see a reflection of ourselves. Break tradition, let go of color.

Mr. Unite Us

Rush has been playing the race card for years. When all else fails like carrying "water for the Bush administration", like his marriages, like his self inflicted hearing loss, he falls back on the race card.

The guy can't help himself. First day covering an NFL football game, he makes some racist comment about and McNabb. Never mind the fact that NFL's top rated quarterback at the time was a black man by the name Steve McNair.

Limbaugh says he is against Affirmative Action, but had no problem
soliticing action from brown skinned young people in the Dominican Republican. He was arrested for returning with a bottle of viagra in someone elses name.

Limbaugh king of the ditto heads.


johnny dollar's trying to squeeze a dollar out of 15 cents.

Check ya math.

Nostalgic for The Future

Guilty for what?
Millions of peoples poor daily choices made in ignorance ? My best advice for anyone sacrificing today for yesterday is to think about tomorrow.
Skin is a wonderful marvelous body organ doing so many things for our well-being I think using it to think is over-taxing its purpose.



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