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    Racist Jokes

    Is there such thing as an acceptable racist joke? If so, how would you define it?

    My friends and I were discussing racist jokes over lunch. Some are harmless fun, merely poking at the stereotypes American society emphasizes. But some, we came to realize, are just plain mean and downright horrible. Take, for example:

    What do you do when you see a black person hopping on one foot? Stop laughing and reload.
    Acceptable or innapropriate?

    How many jews can you fit in a car? Two in the front, three in the rear, and 20 in the ashtray.
    Acceptable or innapropriate?

    I would lable the above highly innapropriate. And then there are some I just don't get. Like this:

    A man was driving home through the country when he hit a bump. Unbeknowest to him, his bowling ball fell out of the back of his truck. The next day, when driving back, he sees black man dead on the road and a farmer with a pitchfork attacking his bowling ball.
    "What are you doing," he asks.
    "Well," the farmer replies, "you got the n*****, but im trying to kill the egg before it hatches!"
    Huh? Is that supposed to be funny? I just don't get it.

    So once again, is there such a thing as an appropriate harmless racist joke, and if so, how do you define it?
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    None of these jokes are appriopriate.

    The first talks about violence againsts blacks. Wrong. Why would anyone find this acceptable.

    The second is poiking fun at the Holocust of WWII. The ashtray part. There is nothing funny ot entertaining about the deaths of thousands in an attempt to exterminate a rcae of people, Again who would find this behavior acceptable.

    The third also advocates for violence against balcks and uses a word that should be banned from the English language as just wrong.

    If you andf your frinds find any of these jokes funny, it may be time for you to
    1. Read more about slavery and the civil rights movement to see how the "N" word has been used and bad it is.

    2. Read up on the holocust and see why the ashes of so many people isn't something to laugh about. Pay attention the concentration camps.

    3. Read up on lynching, and how that pratice has been an embarrasing part of America's past.

    Maybe then you will see none of these jokes are acceptable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joebrummer
    None of these jokes are appriopriate.

    The first talks about violence againsts blacks. Wrong. Why would anyone find this acceptable.

    The second is poiking fun at the Holocust of WWII. The ashtray part. There is nothing funny ot entertaining about the deaths of thousands in an attempt to exterminate a rcae of people, Again who would find this behavior acceptable.

    The third also advocates for violence against balcks and uses a word that should be banned from the English language as just wrong.

    If you andf your frinds find any of these jokes funny, it may be time for you to
    1. Read more about slavery and the civil rights movement to see how the "N" word has been used and bad it is.

    2. Read up on the holocust and see why the ashes of so many people isn't something to laugh about. Pay attention the concentration camps.

    3. Read up on lynching, and how that pratice has been an embarrasing part of America's past.

    Maybe then you will see none of these jokes are acceptable.
    Maybe you misinterpreted my post.

    I never said those jokes were appropriate or acceptable or funny. Those were examples of jokes I didn't find amusing. And trust me, my friends don't appreciate those kinds of jokes either.

    My question was whether acceptable racist jokes exist, and if there is a way to define them.
    "But, after all, who knows, and who can say whence it all came, or how this creation came about?
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    He, who surveys it all from highest heaven - He knows.
    Or perhaps even He does not!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlokaParyetra

    My question was whether acceptable racist jokes exist, and if there is a way to define them.

    Ok, think of it this way. If being racist is unacceptable, how could there be acceptable racist jokes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by joebrummer
    The third also advocates for violence against balcks and uses a word that should be banned from the English language as just wrong.
    I agree with the rest of your post, but why do you think we should ban any word from the English language. Is not saying it going to make all the racism of the past go away? It is a series of sounds made with your mouth, and you think we should ban it? Yes it's mean but to call someone an idiot is too, why don't we ban idiot?

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    On the topic of funny racist jokes, there are many jokes about people living in the south. Not exactly racist, but steriotypical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zachvac
    I agree with the rest of your post, but why do you think we should ban any word from the English language. Is not saying it going to make all the racism of the past go away? It is a series of sounds made with your mouth, and you think we should ban it? Yes it's mean but to call someone an idiot is too, why don't we ban idiot?
    I don't see callin someone an idiot and cqalling someone a "n" is anywhere near the same thing. Many words from the language have died. I am hoping we can speed the death of that word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zachvac
    On the topic of funny racist jokes, there are many jokes about people living in the south. Not exactly racist, but steriotypical.

    Not the same thing. These are jokes about cooking, ways of living, not about a person's heritage and make up.

    These are jokes about where you are "from" as opposed to "who" you are.
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    You know, some people are so hung up on being political correct that they miss so much in life. Now I think are society has become so soft and over sensitive it's pathetic. If anyone said a joke about me, my race, my background, or any other characteristic about me I really wouldn't care a less. Yes I am a white male, but really it's time for people to grow up. Do I think some jokes go to far, yes but then it is no longer a joke and the person saying it should be reprimanded. If I knew a certain type of joke may be to offensive to someone I was joking with I obviously wouldn't say it.

    I think if people just learned to get over being babies and use common sense they would enjoy life so much more.

    That's my opinion.

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    I find your opinion valid, but misguided, Ther is a big differnce between jokes that poke at one's race and jokes that may have a historic background that infers violence. Many if not all racists jokes have an underlying fell of violence about those being poked at....

    It is not about what is PC, it is about what is human.
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    If a joke could be construed as offensive by a listener, why say it? Somebody could be hurt and there is absolutely nothing to be gained. If the price of getting your giggles may be offending somebody - that is pretty dang pathetic.

    And I am talking about racist jokes, blonde jokes, southern jokes - all of 'em.
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    I think it's only a racial joke if it's said in a mean and melicios way. Inside, let's say, a blonde group, it might be funny to hear a blonde tell a blonde joke to a blonde, but not ok to hear a brunette tell a blonde joke to a blonde. Get it? A lot of people take offense too early. The person who is saying it might not realize they are hurting your feelings. It's all a matter of perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yaacova
    I think it's only a racial joke if it's said in a mean and melicios way. Inside, let's say, a blonde group, it might be funny to hear a blonde tell a blonde joke to a blonde, but not ok to hear a brunette tell a blonde joke to a blonde. Get it? A lot of people take offense too early. The person who is saying it might not realize they are hurting your feelings. It's all a matter of perspective.
    Well, actually I am Blonde. And if I hear that ANYONE has a new good blonde joke, I WANT to hear it.
    That's why it's a joke. It's supposed to be funny. There's a difference between a joke and an insult. A joke is where you can make a point, and laugh at people's differences instead of taking them serioulsy, worrying about them, crying about them, fighting over them, etc...

    Also Like Black Phoenix mentioned earlier, we're all becoming.. well, all soft and mushy. If everyone cared about simply hurting everyone elses feelings, NOTHING on this planet would be accomplised.
    Jokes, both racist and non, help us look at bad things (racism, stupidity, being considered dumb because you're blonde and the like) and laugh at them.
    I'd like to say that racist jokes have even made me less discriminant, because it's taught me not to take the stereotypes SERIOUSLY.
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    Personally I don't mind racist jokes.

    Racist jokes make fun of the misconceived stereotype of a race/religion etc. They rarely make fun of the actual race/religion etc.

    For example:

    How do you know if a black man's had sex?

    Cos his eyes are red from the mace.

    The joke makes fun of the stereotype that black people are all rapists, not that black people are all rapists.

    It's a subtle, but hugely important difference imo.

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