Ken Blackwell Thinks ‘Magic Negro’ Outrage is ‘Hypersensitivity?’ Matt Lewis reports that former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell thinks that outrage over RNC chair candidate Chip Saltsman’s racist gift are just being big babies:
“Unfortunately, there is hypersensitivity in the press regarding matters of race. This is in large measure due to President-Elect Obama being the first African-American elected president. I don’t think any of the concerns that have been expressed in the media about any of the other candidates for RNC chairman should disqualify them. When looked at in the proper context, these concerns are minimal. All of my competitors for this leadership post are fine people.”
I didn’t want to do this, but the response from the RNC, so far, has been a denunciation of Saltsman from a strategic standpoint, and a defense of him. None of them think there’s anything wrong with the CD itself. So, here are just 2 of the 41 songs on that CD. You tell me if I’m being “hypersensitive.”
I wonder if Blackwell would be this OK with, say, a Democrat, white or black, calling him an “Uncle Tom?” I sure wouldn’t do it, not even within the satirical construct of a triple-reverse ironical “parody song,” but that’s just hyper-sensitive me.
If Matt Lewis is right, and this moves Blackwell into the lead for chairmanship of the RNC, I will be the first to congratulate him. As current RNC chair correctly noted, the behavior that Blackwell validates here “clearly does not move (the RNC) in the right direction,” and that’s just fine with me.