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Published:December 28th, 2008 20:13 EST
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Is the "Barack The Magic Negro" Song Racist Or Satire?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A Tennessee candidate for the Republican National Committee sent a Christmas greeting to RNC members that included a song called `Barack the Magic Negro.`

Chip Saltsman sent the CD with the song by satirist Paul Shanklin to committee members. The song first played on conservative Rush Limbaugh`s radio show, The Hill reported Friday.

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Saltsman isn`t an insignificant player in the GOP, he has served as chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and he managed Mike Huckabee`s presidential campaign.

Saltsman has announced his candidacy for RNC Chairman, so naturally he wouldn`t do anything to offend the sensibilities of committee members. By sending the CD with the Magic Negro song to members whose votes he is seeking, he is making the statement to the world that racist humor is kosher within the elite of the Republican Party.

If Saltsman is elected to the important post of RNC Chairman, it would be equivalent to putting up a "No Negroes Allowed" sign outside the GOP Big Tent.