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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

'Black' Obama a laughable contradiction

"He opined that Obama is fulfilling the role of the 'Magic Negro,' a cultural construct that hypes the virtue of certain black figures so that whites can feel good about themselves. I'd always wondered if anyone else had noticed that Morgan Freeman was the only black prisoner of focus in 'The Shawshank Redemption.'

"The weird thing is, Obama is usually depicted as black instead of white. Many funny contradictions arise if these two labels are equally applied. For example, could we safely call him the 'Magic Caucasian,' a character from American folklore that embellishes the goodness of popular white figures?"

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"There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs....There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."

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