Do you laugh at racial jokes?

Do you recall the last time when you heard a casual comment made by your friend about the stereotype of one particular racial/ethnic group?   What did you do?  Did you laugh with him/her? Did you just chuckle while feeling uneasy?  Would you react differently if that racial joke was targeted at your own racial/ethnic group?  If so, why?

These are salient and serious questions we need to ask ourselves.  Too many times, many of us are unintentional accomplices in simple random acts of “passive racism” that are  perceived as harmless.  We laugh at racial jokes.  We poke fun at others’ stereotypical traits.  We even turn a blind eye when we see injustice done on others.  Yet, we become real emotional when we are the target of racial ridicules or subject of  discriminatory practice. Why?

What I am asking you is to have a little compassion for others.  Put yourself in others’ shoes.  If you don’t like it, others probably don’t either.  Stop laughing at racial jokes.  Stop poking fun at others.  Most importantly, speak up for others.  When a racial joke is made, just say, “I don’t think it’s funny to make fun of others.”  When you stop making or laughing at racial jokes, those around you will also stop.  Try it.  It’s contagious!

4 Responses to “Do you laugh at racial jokes?”

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