Carol Platt Liebau: The "Magic Negro"?!

Monday, March 19, 2007

The "Magic Negro"?!

What is the LA Times thinking to give space on its op/ed page to this insulting, ridiculous and inappropriate article that characterizes Barack Obama as "the magic negro"?

It seems that the author's point was to argue that Barack Obama is being given something of a pass because he is black -- because Americans are eager to find a black candidate that they like and can support. Whatever the merits of that argument (if that is, in fact, the argument), however, they are completely undermined by the needlessly provocative and unfortunate language in which the author has chosen to couch them.

If Barack is the "magic negro," then what is Condoleezza Rice? And what kind of "negroes" are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? The very inquiry points up the pernicious nature of the entire topic -- and one has to wonder what the people at the LA Times are thinking to allow such rubbish to appear in its pages.


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