Recently a song titled "Barack the Magic Negro" surfaced in the news, something that is in such bad taste my fingers can barely type it. It’s one of those stories commentators hesitate to touch because it doesn’t deserve any attention, but when I learned this morning that Tennessee RNC chairman Chip Saltsman’s chances of becoming the head of Republican National Committee increased because he distributed it, I got a little sick.
Outgoing RNC chair Robert M. Duncan denounced the CD that first surfaced in 2007 but obviously not loud enough because it showed up in the hands of Chip Saltsman in the form of Christmas presents. Apparently the man never heard of candy.
"Lighten up!" is the cry on conservative radio. “It was a joke."
As if jokes were simple things.
Humor has been studied by almost every major academic discipline and it is far from simple.