During a monologue, if Jay Leno were to say something that could be interpreted as off-color, and the crowd reacted unfavorably, Leno would respond, “Oh yeah, like you’ve never… Ooh, ooh.” and the crowd would laugh sheepishly. Still they would laugh.
So what if you laugh at an off-color joke? Does that make you a bad person?
Maybe you have harbored some racial prejudice based on some bad experiences you have had in life with someone not your skin color. Is that racism?
We have addressed racism in America with effective laws and federal, state and local programs that were put in place to be equalizers, so race issues really come down to a personal level.
When it gets personal we have to add lawyers, plumbers, and car salesmen to a long list. How about Catholics, Jews, Poles, and the Irish? I’m sure you all have you have heard off-color jokes about these people, their ethnicity, their religion and their professions.
My favorite lawyer joke goes like this. A man walks into a bar, he declares loudly and drunkenly to the entire bar populace, All lawyers are assholes!” There’s this guy down at the end of the bar replies right back, “I resent that remark!” So the drunk asks, “Why are you a lawyer?” The guy from the other end of the bar replies, “No. I’m an asshole!”
My point is we can label people all day long, people we don’t like, but to call someone “a racist” is a now a major issue in the face of all the other challenges Americans face is ridiculous.
It is getting more and more ridiculous every day. The Obama administration is wasting no time exploiting it. Now, if you don’t like Obamacare, according to Sibelius, you are racist! This is patently false and the race baiters need to look in the mirror.
The real problem in America on the issue of race is too many of you let someone else decide for you. Therein lies the problem. The mainstream media, the race baiters who make a living stirring the pot, appearing anywhere there is a racially charged incident and pundits, will decide for you.
We could use more leaders like Martin Luther King to address our nation on race issues. Take Robert F. Kennedy’s speech given on on the day of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Racism as a major political issue would be dead if we didn’t let the media, race baiters and politicians reinvent it. Does racism exist? Yes, but like President Obama said, “Things are getting better.”
I’m not defending George Zimmerman. Maybe he is racist. I wouldn’t let him patrol my neighborhood, would you? I think he should have backed off when he was told to back off. That’s my personal opinion. I’m not qualified to judge Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s certainly a dumbass. Sue his fat ass to kingdom come, but we don’t have a national epidemic of racism in America.
Race baiters persist because you want the media or your favorite celebrities to decide on racism for you. You can’t be bothered. Then you follow the herd.
I don’t like it, when someone with an axe to grind on race, uses Thomas Sewell or other black leaders, left or right, as a tool to further their agenda, but the National Review’s Online’s article Who Is Racist? by Thomas Sowell is the most racially centrist message I have read.
The advice I give, I give to my kids. My opinions are my own. They are based on the broad stroke of life’s experiences over 60 years. I’m no expert on race relations. I don’t want to be, but I believe much of this media circus would go away, if you would stop letting the pundits decide whether you’re a racist, or not?
Which brings me to another one of my favorite off-color jokes, ending a sentence in a preposition.
A Texan visiting Harvard turns to a Harvard graduate and asks, “Excuse me can ya’ll tell me where the library’s at?” The graduate snaps, “Where I come from we don’t end sentences with a preposition!” The Texan replies “OK – can ya’ll tell me where the library’s at asshole?”