It is said that what we find funny or what makes us laugh defines who we are as a person, a people, or a nation. It is humor that we find release from the stresses of our everyday life. It is in humor that we poke fun at ourselves through jokes, skits, art and so on. Our sense of humor is not supposed to intentionally hurt some one else, because decent caring healthy people have no need to intentionally hurt another human being and once someones humor does begin to offend and hurt others I think that it crosses the line and becomes something else. The biggest offenders are those who find comic relief in racial, ethnic, or religious humor and every race, religion and country is guilty of using it. We use it to bring forth our racist tendencies in a way that is socially acceptable to all except the person, or part of the population getting made fun of.
There is another saying that says, “Listen carefully to a person when they are making a joke about themselves, or somebody else, for often hidden in the humor is what they believe in their heart to be real and is not funny to them at all” . Races make fun of themselves in an effort to show that they can take it and the audience laughs, often not seeing the underlining hurt in the comics eyes. The audience does not hear the accusations of racial intolerance, or comprehend the feelings of injustice the comic is trying to convey through their humor. These jokes are an attempt to get the audience thinking about the bad things that have been done to them by the audience, or society in the past, or is going on as they speak.
The comedian goes away hoping that someone heard his plea for help although for the most part they have fallen on deaf ears as the audience walks away feeling that whatever the problem might have been in the past it could not be that bad because the people it was, or is happening to can laugh about it. It is in this need to diminish, or humiliate another person, or one self, race, or religion that I feel must stop being considered as good humor. This is bad humor and unacceptable for society to be laughing at. Does someone elses tragedy ever really become funny? Does something that causes pain to someone else whether it be how they look, sad events in their lives, their mental state, how they pray, their size, you name it; should hateful hurtful things be considered acceptable comic relief by any society?
If we find ourselves as a person, a people, or as a nation laughing at, telling, or defending this type of comedy, I think that we need help, because we are sick mentally and spiritually and are a danger to ourselves as well as all those a round us. Whether bigotry is depicted as a joke, acted out in a skit, or play, or drawn in comics and paintings we all agree that it is wrong, so what does it say about us as a people. I think it says that we have become desensitized to the pain and suffering of others and that we no longer are capable of feeling the shame and the hurt and the feelings of hopelessness that is often found in everyday life. We are no longer able to understand the comic’s need to laugh at what is often the suffering of their people and themselves, which personally and collectively, they have been unable to change by any other means. I think that we laugh to hide our own sense of guilt and shame for our actions or that of our fore fathers. I think that we laugh to hide our shame. I think we laugh because we are nervous and that we are not really having fun at all. I think we laugh because we want everyone else to think that we feel like they do, not realising that for the most part inside they feel just as moved as we are.
We see it more and more of this type of comedy being used not just in the night clubs, but by mass media to discredit, or humiliate a political figure, foreign dignitary, or an ordinary citizen with a complaint against an established institution, or the government. It is as though if there is no blood, or tears attached to the humor we do not find the humor in it.
What is to be done about this intentional destructive behavior that we all seem to indulge in. In Canada and the United States and most of the world there are laws against instigating hatred, sedition, but they are often overlooked and claimed to be just a joke. The offending party is usual scolded in private and the person that got offended is usually told to toughen up, or stop playing the race card, or to go back where they came from, all wrong answers. The hurt must stop and the zero tolerance laws already in place must be enforced for every nationality and every religion; no matter how rich, how educated, or what language a person speaks. We must stop pretending that we do not know when we have crossed the line. We must stop redefining what is meant by prejudice, bigotry and hateful to fit our need to feel less guilty; to hide the stench of our bigotry. We must stop using comedy to make us look more important, or superior to our neighbor. We must stop using humor to insult and make fun of people who are different then us, or believes differently than we do. We must stop laughing at racial, or prejudice jokes and stop finding racist, or prejudice cartoons and skits funny.
We must begin to see them for what they are and what they are is dangerous, hurtful, degrading and destructive for our country and our life and that of our children.
I have found some disgusting trash on the internet freely accessible to all with a computer masquerading as songs, poetry and pictures that depict Blacks in the worst way possible and have put it out here for those of you who are shaking your head and saying that things just could not be that bad.
David Allen Coe is by far the worst that I have seen and if I could have found a direct link to the song I would have just inserted it, but I could not so here are the lyrics and a statement that said the person who read it, or listened to it found it to be racist, but found it to be funny as well.
Is this really what was really meant by freedom of expression and speech? It is time to find something else to laugh at.
“Nigger Hatin’ Me” by David Allen Coe.
|I like sugar, and I like tea
But I don’t like niggers…no siree!
There’s two known things that’ll make me puke
And that’s a hog eatin’ slop, and a big, black spook!You know it…cause I show it
Like a barn-yard rooster I crow it!
And the NAACP
Would sure like to get a-hold of nigger-hatin’ me! Roses are red, and violet’s are blue
And nigger’s are black, you know that’s true
But they don’t mind, cause what the heck!
You gotta be black to get a welfare check!And I’m broke…no joke
I ain’t got a nickel for a coke!
And I ain’t black, you see
So Uncle Sam won’t help poor nigger-hatin’ me.Jig-A-Boo, jig-a-boo…where are you?
I’s here in the woodpile…watchin’ you
Jig-A-Boo, jig-a-boo…come out!
No! Cause I’m scared of the white man’s a-way down SouthYou know it!…cause I show it.
Stick your black head out and I’ll blow it!
And the NAACP
Can’t keep you away from little old nigger-hatin’ me!Mirror, mirror…on the wall
Who is the blackest of them all?
A man named King, and there ain’t no doubt
That he’s causin’ lots of trouble with his baboon mouth.Brewin’…he’s a doin’
It’s caused by the trouble he’s a-brewin’
And the NAACP
Can’t win if the white men stick with nigger-hatin’ me!Hey! Mr. President! What do you say?
When are we whites gonna have our day?
The nigger’s had there’s such a long, long time
I’m white, and it’s time that I had mine!You know it…cause I show it!
Stick your black head out and I’ll blow it!
And the NAACP
Can’t win if the white man sticks with nigger-hatin’ me!
“Racist or not this song is funny as hell”, said one person.
Can you imagine that some one actually found this trash funny as he states and is not ashamed to say so. Are you laughing because I am not? This is not some new thing that is happening on the internet and in the media, this has been going on for years and to just about every minority and to every religion Celebrities and politicians are also prime targets. We have also began to target the children and the spouses of the people we wish to ruin and anyone that supports them.
We must end this crazy behavior and once again find our moral compass and steer clear of selfish habits that allowed us for so long to draw strength off of the weakness, or the suffering of others. All governments must put away its own prejudices and end the race and religious fear mongering that has been going on and get back to respecting all people, or the end of all mankind is just around the next corner.