If you are always laughing when someone says a racist joke or prejudice comment about your culture, religion, or skin color, when is enough, enough?. If you toss it up as satire instead of ignorance and assume that they know any better,will they ever truly learn? Don’t get me wrong, a great joke is just that- a great joke. But when do we stop with jokes and take a look at the reasoning behind that joke or sly comment that drove that joke.
"IT's just a joke... lighten up!"
See, the issue with your "joke" is that someone out there truly believes that all brown people should be watched with a caution because they may be terrorist, or all black people are loud and don’t know how to act in public. All of these ‘jokes’ stem from some truly disgusting phobic places that have been hidden behind every laugh or just kidding.
It gets tiring, the side-eyes and comments trying to dismantle those thoughts. It also makes you unpopular because you’re the kid that doesn’t get the joke, or doesn’t have a sense of humor. If only you understood it’s not that I don’t get it, I’m just tired of laughter being the source of someone’s pain or the reason. It wasn’t until more recently I appreciated Kevin Hart’s ‘Laugh at My Pain’ tour. The different there was he wasn’t basing his jokes on other people and what they have suffered or the assumptions that everyone makes about their lives, but instead he uses his own life and surrounding to have people crying of laughing in their seats. Not pushing any sort of bigoted agenda, instead placing his own struggles on display and using that as a source of hilarity.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no angel and I’ve laughed at things that I had no business laughing at. But I also know when something is wrong and the importance of speaking up on it. Creating generalized opinions about a group of people is why this country continues to roll down this deep slope, and I’m afraid if we continue down it, it’ll just get harder to climb back up.
Three women going through life.