RUSH: Here’s a story from the Associated Press: ‘For young voters, Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit at the back of a bus in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955 is schoolbook history. Even the racially charged 1992 riots in Los Angeles are a distant memory. The United States is far from a blueprint for racial harmony, but for today’s young adults — all born after segregation was outlawed in the mid-1960s — race is not the issue it once was,’ except for those sucked in by the race industry, I add. This is an AP story, Martha Irvine out of Chicago: ‘Obama’s Race as an Asset, Non-issue.’
‘They have grown up with Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan among their highest-profile and wealthiest role models.’ How did this story get out? Do you realize what this story is? This story says to young adults, race is no big deal in America anymore. That can’t be allowed to stand. I mean, that would put people like the Reverend Jackson and the Reverend Sharpton out of business. It might put affirmative action out of business, too, I mean if they’re looking up to heroes like Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey. Really, this is crazy that they let this story out. ‘Is it any wonder, then, that young adults have been the most willing age group to support a black man for president?’ Okay, cool. Well, the key is still going to be getting them to show up to vote. I saw a picture of the Reverend Jackson earlier this week, and I think it was in St. Paul on Tuesday night where Obama delivered his acceptance speech, or his faux acceptance speech.
The Reverend Jackson was standing there holding an Obama sign. He had the most depressed look on his face. I looked at that picture, I said, ‘Does like this man look happy?’ He can’t be happy. By the way, where has the Reverend Jackson been on television celebrating this momentous achievement? I’m telling you, the picture I saw of him, he did not look happy. He looked worse than happy. He looked depressed. He looked a little miserable standing there at some Obama rally holding his little Obama sign. I think it’s quite telling that we have not heard from the Reverend Jackson. Now, ladies and gentlemen, back to the story: ‘Some wonder if the welcoming attitude toward a black president has its limits, even among the most racially open young Obama supporters. Young Han, 25, said race played little role in his decision to vote for Obama in the Washington state caucuses. But he wonders if his peers would be uncomfortable if Obama were a different type of black candidate.’ Now get this, folks. This is a 25-year-old Obama voter, state of Washington commenting.
He said, ”A person who talks in a black English, engages in ‘identity politics,’ and comes out of a marching, yelling-out-of-a-megaphone background might be considered ‘really’ black, whereas a Harvard-educated lawyer who looks non-threatening may be just a guy who happens to be black,’ says Han, a Korean-American who recently worked for a Washington, D.C., civic education foundation teaching students about government. ‘Whether this is a valid way by which to judge someone’s competence or legitimacy is whole other question. But I think that’s how things work.” What’s he saying here? What is he saying? Wait a minute, we may not have really crossed any great threshold here because this is not your average black guy. This is a Harvard-educated lawyer who looks nonthreatening and may be just a guy who happens to be black. But, said this young man, a person who talks in a black English, engages in identity politics and comes out of a marching, yelling in a megaphone background might be considered really black. He summed up our whole parody here, just summed it up perfectly.
(playing of ‘Barack the ‘Magic Negro”)
The Reverend Sharpton not able to stay with the lyric line and begins protesting as his anger mounts while singing the song ‘Barack the ‘Magic Negro.” A person who talks in a black English, engages in identity politics, comes out of a marching, yelling out of a megaphone background might be considered really black, whereas Obama may not be ’cause he’s Harvard-educated, he’s a lawyer. This is an Obama supporter in Washington state, 25 years old, saying, I don’t know that we’ve really crossed the racial threshold here ’cause Obama doesn’t come off like a real black guy. He was obviously referring to somebody like Reverend Sharpton. And, of course, that’s what the whole Barack Obama debate was about a little over a year ago. The Drive-By Media: Is he authentic enough? Is he black enough? It was they in the Drive-Bys who were asking these questions. It was other Democrats who were asking these questions, which is why we artfully and cleverly put together that brilliant, brilliant parody song based on a column published by a black liberal in the Los Angeles Times.