Recently someone mentioned a post where someone told a joke about a black person... and it was a negative joke.
Another couple people said that it was alright because the person was black themself, but does that really make it okay?
It all depends on the person, and how they've been brought up, I'd imagine. I don't mind a racial joke here or there, in fact, I've told them myself.
But what about racial words?
A black person can call another black person a nigger, but what if I did? I'm clearly white. Would a black person be offended if I went up to them and said, "Yo, whaddup nigga?" Are you offended that I've typed the word nigger so many times in my post already?
What if I go up to a french person and tell them that they're fucking nasty, rude, and they smell bad. Is that alright? So what if I say it in a joking way? Does that make it okay?
I don't like a few things.
1) Its okay for a person of that race to say racial things, but it's not okay for someone of another race.
- A black person saying 'Whaddup, Nigga' and a white person saying it.
- A girl calling another girl a bitch, then a male calling that same girl a bitch.
- A fat person calling another fat person fatass, then a skinny person saying it.
Some of those aren't exactly racial, but they are prejudice (in a way).
2) Racial jokes.
Now for this one. Like I said, I've know, and actually enjoy quite a few racial jokes. I don't mind telling them, but at the same time, you have to be aware of the audience you're telling them too. I know my friends enjoy them, but when I'm in a crowded classroom with all races, and I tell a joke about the curry smelling indians, and there is an indian girl who I don't know next to me, I should be aware that she may be offended, and hold my tongue.
For me, I think the whole issue about words, who says them, and jokes and whatever else, is the intent behind it.
If you say it in good fun, then it's alright, but when you use it to degrade a person, or attack them, then there is an issue, clearly. But how can one group of people get mad that others still refer to them in one way, either by using words or negative stereotypes, when they use them constantly, or joke about them?
Umm my thoughts in this post are a bit jumbled (Mostly because I'm watching ANTM) but what are your thoughts on all of this?