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December 2012

Race and Humor

Just by looking at the pins on the community Pinterest board for “Humor” for the last few months, it seems like many Whites cannot find anything but racism (or other “isms”) funny. And, I don’t mean commentary on racism in the way that perhaps Chris Rock did or even the late Richard Pryor. I mean just…racism. Racist memes and photographs.

While I am laughing over:

(√(-shit))² = shit just got real

They are laughing over the most rudimentary racist statements. Again, I don’t mean when comedians speak about race and make juxtapositions. I meant stuff like:

Just remember if we get caught, you’re deaf and I don’t speak English.

It’s just weird to me. There’s stuff that is funny without being like this.

Since I am on the topic of humor, I do have to say that I am REALLY TIRED of Black comedians who do the “church voice” when comparing Whites and Blacks and mention all types of “nice” things and behaviors that are common to Whites but Blacks are incapable of, as if we are all abusive to our children etc. That whole line of comedy is tired to me.