Skip to comments.In Defense of Racial Humor
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?
Before we're willing to poke even innocent fun at one another, we must have a level of familiarity.
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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.
Blacks can indulge in racial humor. Nobody else, though.
Don rickles would never make it today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
eenie, meenie, miney, mo
“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.” - Mel Brooks
Q: Why don’t Baptists make love standing up?
A: It can lead to dancing
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.
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.
“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.
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.
This has started out as a fairly humorless thread.
I wonder where self-deprecating humor falls on the continuum of knee-slappers?
“My impression is that one can always make fun of the Irish.”
Two Irishmen walked out of a bar......It could happen!
Mark Twain’s LIBRARY OF WIT AND HUMOR had quite a few jokes about blacks, Italians, Irish, sailors, ect.
They are still hilarious today.
We need a “like” button on Free Republic. Many times I just want to signify that I like a post without comment.
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)
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.
RE: Don rickles would never make it today.
What about Archie Bunker?
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.
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.
Jackie Chan got into trouble using the “N” word. Only Blacks can use it to each other.
Q: Why do Puerto Ricans have such a low suicide rate?
A: You can't jump out of basement windows..
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.
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!
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?
One of the MANY things leftists cant distinguish between is humor and riducule.
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.
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!!
Just doing my part to make this less of a humorless thread!
Q: What is 12 inches long and white?
that's not all:
Ummm ... someone’s been telling you fibs. Check again.
Say something, hell, I will remove HIS food and wait for the punch, so I can respond in-kind.
Why can’t Jewish girls use a ruler?
What is an Irish 7 course meal?
A potato and a six-pack of beer.
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.
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
Archie was supposed to be the badguy while meathead was supposed to be the hero.
Liberal propaganda that backfired.