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In Defense of Racial Humor
American Thinker ^ | 03/25/2013 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 03/25/2013 7:05:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

If laughter really is the best medicine, it's no wonder race relations are in a state of ill health.

Many years ago I spent quite a bit of time with a Zambian friend. He remarked one day that he found America's hang-up with racial humor a bit strange, as racial jokes were not at all off-limits in his country. And call it my one concession to multiculturalism, but neither were they off-limits in our relationship. We would occasionally engage in innocent racial humor just as we would any other kind of jesting - and no hate-speech charges were contemplated.

The notion that racial humor is inherently damaging is utter nonsense. Whatever the type of humor, it can be innocent or cutting, good-natured or mean-spirited, and the difference is almost always obvious. And this is true of most any kind of expression. Political commentary, music, or art can be used to clarify or confuse, or to enlighten or benight, just as firearms can be used to protect innocent life or take it. It's not the tools, but the intentions of the worker.

And what have we worked ourselves into? If you have a friend who is fat, skinny, blonde, or bald, or has curly locks, or possesses any other notable distinguishing characteristic, it will likely be a source of humor between the two of you (this is especially true among men). Making light of our differences is simply part of normal human interaction - and it is actually a strength. After all, should we be unable to laugh at ourselves?

This brings us to an important point. What kind of person would you not engage in this type of humor with?

A stranger.

Before we're willing to poke even innocent fun at one another, we must have a level of familiarity.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: humor; race
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1 posted on 03/25/2013 7:05:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
All humor involves pain.

I fall down a manhole......that's drama.
You fall down a manhole....that's funny.

Racist humor so elegantly lends itself to the task.

2 posted on 03/25/2013 7:12:23 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: SeekAndFind

Blacks can indulge in racial humor. Nobody else, though.


3 posted on 03/25/2013 7:18:49 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: SeekAndFind

Don rickles would never make it today.


4 posted on 03/25/2013 7:22:39 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: SeekAndFind

In the USA “racial humor” is a trap. The officially-designated victim can make fun of the “oppressor” class, and in fact may even go so far as to murder a member of the “oppressor” class without any consequences.

But if a member of the “oppressor” class says “watermelon” he loses his job and his reputation.


5 posted on 03/25/2013 7:22:49 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: laotzu

Not always pain but definitely reality.

Anymore it is racist to even notice that someone is black, it is okay for any other race or ethnicity but not black.


6 posted on 03/25/2013 7:22:54 AM PDT by tiki
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To: SeekAndFind

My impression is that one can always make fun of the Irish.

I guess that means they can take it.

But there’s always a fair game group. One wouldn’t see Fr. Guido Sarducci’s portrayer switch out his outfit, racially derogatory nickname and religion. No way. I know it’s an old gag, but making fun of Catholicism is fair game but not many other religions are.

Making fun of dad’s in pop culture and sit coms is rampant and nothing is off limits in the arena. And it’s damaging. A lot of men deserve it for giving in to and taking advantage of the sex without commitment culture that has destroyed our culture. They’ve unwittingly become subservient laughing stocks, shameless and unworthy of respect. the pop culture is not aware of the reasons men are seen as wimps. anyway, there are many men who haven’t . anyway, making fun of them is not helpful.

It’s okay to make fun of any generally successful group.


7 posted on 03/25/2013 7:24:56 AM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind

Tell me who’s offended by this one

Q: Why does Mexico do so poorly in the Olympics?

A: Because every Mexican who can run, jump or swim is already here.


8 posted on 03/25/2013 7:25:06 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: SeekAndFind

eenie, meenie, miney, mo


9 posted on 03/25/2013 7:25:30 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: laotzu

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.” - Mel Brooks


10 posted on 03/25/2013 7:26:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: stanne

Q: Why don’t Baptists make love standing up?

A: It can lead to dancing


11 posted on 03/25/2013 7:27:20 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: I want the USA back

And if there is ANY HINT that the “oppressor” class doesn’t really oppress or that the “victim” class isn’t really being victimized,

they raise HELL to get the hinter silenced.

There’s power in maintaining the illusion of the “oppressor/victim” context.


12 posted on 03/25/2013 7:28:18 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks did more to neuter the N word than anyone else in history. It was on the way to becoming a playground joke until the civil rights “leaders” turned it into a holy word that cannot be spoken.


13 posted on 03/25/2013 7:29:31 AM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“Blacks can indulge in racial humor. Nobody else, though.”

You got that right, ever seen a black comedian? they cant go 30 seconds without mentioning race or cracking on whites, they’re absolutly obsessed with i.


14 posted on 03/25/2013 7:33:41 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a testimony to the breadth and depth of the dedicated Marxists’ power grabs.

They wanted to clear the decks so that only capitalism-, Christianty-, morality-bashing, etc. jokes could dominate.

Just like they want to clear American history’s heroes and replace them with “social justice” heroes. Or Western Civ with minority studies.

The list is endless.


15 posted on 03/25/2013 7:33:57 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: muir_redwoods

LOL!


16 posted on 03/25/2013 7:34:11 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: SeekAndFind

This has started out as a fairly humorless thread.

I wonder where self-deprecating humor falls on the continuum of knee-slappers?


17 posted on 03/25/2013 7:35:14 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: stanne

“My impression is that one can always make fun of the Irish.”

Two Irishmen walked out of a bar......It could happen!


18 posted on 03/25/2013 7:36:59 AM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: SeekAndFind

Mark Twain’s LIBRARY OF WIT AND HUMOR had quite a few jokes about blacks, Italians, Irish, sailors, ect.

They are still hilarious today.


19 posted on 03/25/2013 7:39:44 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (CLICK my name. See the murals before they are painted over! POTEET THEATER in OKC!)
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To: muir_redwoods

We need a “like” button on Free Republic. Many times I just want to signify that I like a post without comment.


20 posted on 03/25/2013 7:40:26 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell ( Obama is the problem-impeachment is the solution.)
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To: RFEngineer

BaDaBum!

No problem.


21 posted on 03/25/2013 7:41:43 AM PDT by stanne
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To: muir_redwoods
OK, here's an old one, Why is Sunday morning the best time to drive through NYC?
The Catholics are in church
The Protestants are still sleeping
The Chinese are making fortune cookies
The Jews are in Palm Beach
The Blacks are in jail
and the Puerto Ricans can't get their cars started
22 posted on 03/25/2013 7:45:44 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: muir_redwoods
Tell me who’s offended by this one

Q: What is the difference between a slave, and a snow-tire?

A: The snow tire doesn't sing when you put chains on it.

(there really aren't any great snow-tire work songs)

23 posted on 03/25/2013 7:47:57 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: SeekAndFind
And it ain't just racial, don't dare mock the feminist movement either, like this:
How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
4 one to change the bulb, one to write a book one the exploitation of the light socket, one to secretly wish she was the light socket, and one to secretly wish she was the light bulb. TAH DAH DUM!
24 posted on 03/25/2013 7:48:22 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: laotzu

LOL!!!


25 posted on 03/25/2013 7:50:29 AM PDT by bikerman ("A gun is like a parachute. If you need one and don't have it you wont need one again.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Reminds me of my summer job in DC working with an all African-American crew (back then you could say black). I told them on the first day-You don’t call me honky and I won’t call you nigger. They all laughed, and we got along fine.
I don’t think that could happen today.


26 posted on 03/25/2013 7:55:13 AM PDT by GeorgeTex (Obama-Four M President (Mendacious Manchurian Muslim Marxist))
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To: longfellow

RE: Don rickles would never make it today.

What about Archie Bunker?


27 posted on 03/25/2013 7:56:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: longfellow

Also Don Imus. Over the years, he has made fun of just about every racial,ethnic and religious group imaginable. From the Southern Baptists getting him booted off some stations for his Rev. Billy Sol Hargis routines to the more recent “nappy headed hoes” incident. I lost a great deal of respect for the I-man when he groveled at the feet of al Sharpton begging him for forgiveness.


28 posted on 03/25/2013 7:59:41 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: RFEngineer
Not just the Irish. The Poles, too. We had so many working in one area of a previous employer that it was universally referred to as "The Ski Lodge." Guess who coined the term?

If you guessed the targets of the joke, then go to the head of the class. One of them (a good Catholic) told me this joke when John Paul was Pope:

After his first trip to America, he was interviewed as to how he liked it.

"All except two things," he said.

"The Polish jokes were rather insensitive and demeaning. Then there were the M&M's candies."

"The jokes, I can understand," said the interviewer. "But why the M&M's?"

"Too hard to peel", replied the Pontiff.

29 posted on 03/25/2013 8:00:17 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: aomagrat

Jackie Chan got into trouble using the “N” word. Only Blacks can use it to each other.

See here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN2LJTCBPtg


30 posted on 03/25/2013 8:00:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: muir_redwoods
My turn...this is very, very old...

Q: Why do Puerto Ricans have such a low suicide rate?

A: You can't jump out of basement windows..

31 posted on 03/25/2013 8:04:42 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: SeekAndFind
In the modern USSA, the non-protected class is not allowed to offend the protected classes in any manner. Intended or not intended, the simple act of offending the protected is damn near a capital offense.
32 posted on 03/25/2013 8:14:25 AM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: SeekAndFind

We should be able to make fun of ourselves, and others, with love in our hearts.

When laughter has been prohibited, wherever it may be, there is no joy in life.


33 posted on 03/25/2013 8:22:05 AM PDT by wizr (We are "one Nation, under God " or "one nation, trod under ". Keep the Faith.)
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To: aomagrat

Oh, yeah. I am a n-—— (just so it doesn’t get extinguished by the editors). We ALL are, to the government, and THEIR slaves, too!


34 posted on 03/25/2013 8:27:15 AM PDT by wizr (We are "one Nation, under God " or "one nation, trod under ". Keep the Faith.)
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To: bikerman
Dear Abby,

I live in West Virginia with my parents, and four brothers.
I go to school, and usually keep my grades up.
I raise chickens, and help harvest in the fall.
I'm thirteen, and still a virgin.

Are my brothers gay?

Yours,
Darlene

35 posted on 03/25/2013 8:29:36 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: SeekAndFind

One of the MANY things leftists cant distinguish between is humor and riducule.


36 posted on 03/25/2013 8:39:51 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Their idea of racial humor is to call white people “cracker” “honkie” “whitebread” etc., and then dig out their patented affectation of what a white man with a stick up his ass sounds like.

Then you just have people like Chris Rock, Dave Chappell, George Lopez, Carlos Mencia, and dozens of others who just plain hate white people. They all act like they were ghetto born and bread but nothing of the kind. Rich looters peddling hate.


37 posted on 03/25/2013 8:40:43 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: wizr

I have to deal wiht a lot of “reverse-racism” on this job. And it is NOT challenged by the management, either.

One guy in particular is openly hostile to “those dirty white people” as he called a couple employees a few days ago. Also—he feels and says, loudly,”whites need to go to the back of the line” when any other race is needing to use the microwave ovens, etc—to the point he will REMOVE a white persons food from one MWV and put his own food in there—if it is a white person. This too is not challenged..but I WILL say something if he does it to ME!!


38 posted on 03/25/2013 8:40:51 AM PDT by Rca2000 ( Still too shocked to have a tagline....)
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To: RFEngineer; stanne

Just doing my part to make this less of a humorless thread!

39 posted on 03/25/2013 8:50:52 AM PDT by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Q: What is 12 inches long and white?

A: Nothing.


40 posted on 03/25/2013 8:54:45 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: longfellow
Don rickles would never make it today.

that's not all:


41 posted on 03/25/2013 9:00:32 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Q: What is 12 inches long and white?

THIS:

42 posted on 03/25/2013 9:02:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Ummm ... someone’s been telling you fibs. Check again.


43 posted on 03/25/2013 9:04:47 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check selects every single word in my post.)
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To: Rca2000
One guy in particular is openly hostile to “those dirty white people” as he called a couple employees a few days ago. Also—he feels and says, loudly,”whites need to go to the back of the line” when any other race is needing to use the microwave ovens, etc—to the point he will REMOVE a white persons food from one MWV and put his own food in there—if it is a white person. This too is not challenged..but I WILL say something if he does it to ME!!

Say something, hell, I will remove HIS food and wait for the punch, so I can respond in-kind.

44 posted on 03/25/2013 9:11:19 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Why can’t Jewish girls use a ruler?


45 posted on 03/25/2013 9:14:17 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: rlmorel

What is an Irish 7 course meal?


46 posted on 03/25/2013 9:16:13 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

A potato and a six-pack of beer.


47 posted on 03/25/2013 9:20:04 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Impala64ssa

The generic light bulb joke...

Q: How many persons of a particular race, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, or political persuasion does it take to change a light bulb?
A: A finite number greater than one. One to change the light bulb and the rest to engage in some behavior stereotypical of their race, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, or political persuasion.


48 posted on 03/25/2013 9:50:35 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why don’t Polish women use vibrators?
- They chip their teeth.

Why aren’t there more Irish attorneys?
- Because they can’t pass the bar


49 posted on 03/25/2013 11:30:16 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: SeekAndFind

Archie was supposed to be the badguy while meathead was supposed to be the hero.
Liberal propaganda that backfired.


50 posted on 03/25/2013 3:31:12 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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