Not Knowing the Meaning of Words: Magic Negro Edition
CALLER: It’s just like the LA Times said last year, or two years ago — he is the magic Negro.
[MICHAEL] STEELE: Yeah he is — [laughter]. You read that too, huh?
CALLER: Oh yeah. I read that too. And even when things go wrong, he still manages to come out smelling like a rose.
STEELE: Well, yeah. And it’s because he’s getting unprecedented coverage — cover — by the media.
The caller & Steele’s banter makes clear they think a magic negro is someone who is a teflon media darling and can’t be criticized because he’s black. And/or because white liberals want to have a black friend to be cool.
When in reality, a magic negro is (h/t Wiki):
Hmm…a black dude with special insight/charisma who comes out of nowhere and fixes white people’s problems? No, nothing like Obama there.
The folks calling Obama a magic negro–and laughing their (I’m presuming) white asses off listening to the Barack the Magic Negro Song on say Rush’s show–might want to consider the joke is on them since they are in fact proclaiming the very thing (the quasi-mystical powers of Obama) they are criticizing in others.
This ‘that word doesn’t mean what you think it means’ conservative syndrome is apparently going around today.