Chip Saltsman, RNC Chair Candidate, decided it would be a funny Christmas gift to his friends and associates to give them a “comedy” CD by Paul Shanklin which included a song where Paul Shanklin impersonated “Al Sharpton” and mimicked the Peter, Paul and Mary song, “Puff the Magic Dragon” changing the words to “Barack the Magic Negro.” Magic Negro was an intended reference at the benign literary figure generally associated with postmodern folk who takes away white’s guilt. The figure has been embodied by Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman and others on the big screen. As a humorist with few limits, I’m not laughing.
Peter Yarrow, co-author of Puff the Magic Dragon, isn’t amused either. He has responded to the parody at the Huffington Post stating:
It is almost unimaginable to me that Chip Saltzman who sent the CD, would seriously be considered for the top post of the Republican National Committee. Puff, himself, if asked, would certainly agree.