When the whole Don Imus fiasco went down, it was all because he called Rutgers women basketball players "nappy-headed hos,"which was interpretted by critics as a racial slur.

But where's the consistency?

How is it that Rush Limbaugh can play a produced, premeditated, racist parody over and over and still be on the air while Imus made a single, off-handed statement and got canned? The following is the audio clip from Limbaugh's show of Paul Shanklin impersonating Al Sharpton and based on the Peter, Paul, and Mary hit song "Puff, the Magic Dragon."


Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
'Cause he's not authentic like me.

Yeah, the guy from the L.A. paper
Said he makes guilty whites feel good
They'll vote for him, and not for me
'Cause he's not from the hood.

See, real black men, like Snoop Dog,
Or me, or Farrakhan
Have talked the talk, and walked the walk.
Not come in late and won!

Oh, Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
'Cause he's black, but not authentically.

(repeat Refrain)

Some say Barack's "articulate"
And bright and new and "clean"
The media sure loves this guy,
A white interloper's dream!

But, when you vote for president,
Watch out, and don't be fooled!
Don't vote the Magic Negro in
'Cause and I won't have nothing!

(Sharpton rants for remainder of song)

The song is based off of an LA Times editorial which cast Obama as "the Magic Negro." The article defines The Magic Negro as "a figure of postmodern folk culture, coined by snarky 20th century sociologists, to explain a cultural figure who emerged in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education... He's there to assuage white "guilt" (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history, while replacing stereotypes of a dangerous, highly sexualized black man with a benign figure for whom interracial sexual congress holds no interest."

Whereas the columnist, a black man, gives an insightful look into how white America perceives a black presidential candidate, Limbaugh takes intellect out of the picture to cast African-Americans, specifically Al Sharpton, as underqualified, to say the least, and hides under the guise of parody.

Now, whether you think the parody is true, funny or just another artifact of shock jock radio, you have to question, "Are we holding this instance of racial commentary to the same standard that we held Don Imus?"

I don't think so.