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Editor's note: below is an extremely racist parody of Senator Obama. It ran in "The Independent" which according to them " has the highest distribution/circulation sites of any local newspaper on the East End, reaching both forks, from Wading River to Orient and from Manorville to Montauk". Sheryl Huggins, Editor-in-Chief of Nia Enterprises filed a complaint with both the publisher and editor-in-chief. They issued the obligatory apology and said the parody would be taken down. When I visited the site on January 24, 2008 at 3:00pm eastern standard time, the parody was still up. Prof. Randall

 

My name is YoMama Bin Barack, and I want to be your next president so together we can begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.

My opponents say I live in a dream world. That may well be true, for I believe in the dream of Doctor Martin Luther King, the dream that all men are created equal.

His words resonate in my very being: "Some day, you too can be a black man who makes a difference in this country, and you too can be called 'Doctor' even though you are not a doctor of any kind." I believe that, and someday I hope people will call me Doctor YoMama. In fact, I hope someday people will call me President Doctor YoMama (but please don't call me Luther, I hate that name).

I was telling this very thing to my wife AliBama the other night while we were in bed, umm, praying. I said, "AliBama, I want to be your next president so together we can begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today."

And she said, "YoMama, then why don't you cut out the president shit and get a real job and make some freakin' money?" But I explained I have plenty of money, because bleeding heart liberal Democrats from all across this vast country of ours have felt it in their hearts to send a contribution to my campaign so I can begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today and also because I need to buy my little daughter Bama Slamma a PlayStation so she will get off my back.

Why do I think I am the best candidate for the job? Look at my resume it speaks for itself.

Educational background: Doctorate

Military background: I was the first black troop leader of the Boy Scouts Troop 43 in my home state of Illinois. Well, that's not quite true, because they didn't let black kids in the Boy Scouts, so I lied and said I was Hawaiian, which I kind of am, sort of. You see, part of my strategy of becoming our first black president is to deny I am black unless I am campaigning in Harlem. The truth is, I don't know many black people, but my advisors have drafted a strategy to reel in the black vote:

1) Call everyone "Brother." Blacks, I am told, do this, even if their real brothers are mostly in jail.

2) Talk Jive. Brothers want to hear jive. During my speech I told the crowd "We be, you know, sick of whitey supressin' and congestin' so, you know, we won't denigrate or sophisticate but emulate and populate, you know, the system is, like, broken, y'all!"

I have no idea what that means. The black folk loved it, though, so they all vowed to vote for me. The New York Times covered it, but they are so afraid of saying something racist they twisted my words around and reported:

"Yesterday in Harlem YoMama articulated his vision of a new America, an America with less congestion, a country free of drug use, a world without segregation or racism where citizens emulate the lives of great Americans like YoMama, John F. Kennedy and Doctor Martin Luther King."

So you see, there is my strategy. I get the black vote, I get the white vote, and then I go after the female vote by attacking that bitch Hillary for being the Nasty Witch from Hell.

Anyhow, girls think I'm cute. I'm kind of like Will Smith, except he's got those Dumbo ears and mine are normal. So, for the next six months, I am going to fly all over the country, and every place I speak I am going to tell the people:

"As Americans, we can take enormous pride in the fact that courage has been inspired by our own struggle for freedom, by the tradition of democratic law secured by our forefathers and enshrined in our Constitution. It is a tradition that says all men are created equal under the law and that no one is above it."

To be honest, I have no idea what that means. If you analyze it carefully, it really doesn't mean anything. But it sounds like something a president or a doctor would say. I can make that speech every day and no matter how many times I do the stupid newspapers will report it differently. They will make me sound like the smart, young, new voice of America, because most editors out there figure anything is better than having a cow like Hillary Clinton snorking around the White House making weasel deals again.

Ultimately, if she gets too close, one of my New York advisors has advised me to, "Bitch slap that ho." White women, I am told, like that. (Black women, on the other hand, do not. I tried that once on AliBama and she beat the living shit out of me.)

Of course, I also have to contend with John Edwards. My strategy is to ignore him until he actually manages to win a primary. Since he's, like, zero for 43 so far, that should be the end of him. You see, Mr. Edwards hasn't figured out that to win an election some people have to actually vote for you. (If he does make a run at me, I might consider bitch slapping him, as he is somewhat of a Pretty Boy if you get my jist.)

In closing, I humbly ask for your vote on Election Day, even if I did hang around the school yard and smoke pot when I was getting my Doctorate in Blackstuff. And, oh, by the way, I am in the process of finding out how I can also call myself "Reverend." I have a call in to Al Sharpton.


Complaint filed:

Messrs. Murphy and Mackin:
A colleague of mine posted a link on her blog to your recent Low Tidings column, "Why I Should Be Our Next President." Clearly, this mock column by "Yo Mama Bin Barack" was an attempt to satirize presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama.

Political satire has a long and venerable history in our country, grounded in our right to free speech and the necessity to keep humble the powers that be. However, satire is defined by Merriam-Webster's as "trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly." There is absolutely nothing trenchant, witty, or the least bit informed about the crude, venomous, bigoted and tasteless caricature of Senator Obama that you published. It also does nothing to expose anything credible about him. Any decent human being, regardless of race or party affiliation, would find it to be offensive.

Granted, you have the right to publish whatever you want. The public also has the right to let you and your advertisers know, through their words and wallets, when they consider your speech to be hostile and demeaning. Perhaps you think that publishing racist columns won't affect your bottom line out on the East End of Long Island. It would be folly to assume that.
I represent a multicultural readership of thousands of educated and politically aware women across the country. Before putting this matter to our readers and our colleagues on the media, we would like to know why you decided to publish the column. Who wrote it? Perhaps this is all a hoax?

Sheryl Huggins
Vice President of Information Services
Nia Enterprises and Editor-in-chief


Apology

Hi Sheryl:
I am personally acknowledging that this failed attempt at satire was a terrible lapse in judgment. As a co-owner and co-publisher, I can tell you no one is putting me up to this. I am sincerely sorry I have offended you. I can't explain why I chose to write the column [but I want] to assure you that we are a multicultural employer with a long history of diversity. In fact, our highest paid employer [sic] happens to be a man of color. That said, there was no excuse for the column and I hope you will find it in your heart to forgive me.

Rick Murphy
Editor-in-Chief
The Independent


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