25 Overtly Racist Moments in Recent News History

"Barack the Magic Negro"

When: March 2007
Network: 
WABC Radio
Anchor: 
Rush Limbaugh
Watch it here: "Barack the Magic Negro" segment on Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh, everyone's favorite blubbering radio host, lives a life that seems to be a cruel joke. Limbaugh, syndicated talk radio's highest-paid host, has only seen his fortunes increase in recent years, after making infuriating quips like the following: "Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?" (1990). "Ninety million Indians? Only four million left? They all have casinos—what's to complain about?" (2009).

In 2007, Limbaugh referred to then Senator Obama as the "magic negro" on his show. He later played a song entitled "Barack the Magic Negro" over the air, singing to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon."

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