Tennessee Republican Chip Saltsman has sent CDs containing the offensive song “Barack the Magic Negro” to Republican National Committee members for Christmas and defends the gifts as merely “political satire.”
The song which originally aired on The Rush Limbaugh Show back in 2007, is a parody of the 1963 Peter, Paul and Mary tune “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Written and sung by Limbaugh Show‘s Paul Shankin in an Al Sharpton impersonation, the tune takes aim at the President-elect by claiming Obama appeals to “guilty” white voters and is black but not “authentically.”
“See, real black men, like Snoop Dogg, or me, or Farrakhan, have talked the talk, and walked the walk, not come in late and won,” a verse in the song goes.
Shankin latched onto the “magic negro” term after the bi-racial L.A. Times critic David Ehrenstein used the term in an opinion column.
Other songs on the CD include: “John Edwards’ Poverty Tour,” “Wright place, wrong pastor,” “Love Client #9,” “Ivory and Ebony” and “The Star Spanglish Banner.”