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Accidentally racist?


Glen

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Assume they meant to put a black guy in that picture.  I am not sure that making a joke about a black person and watermelon is automatically "racist".

 

 

A person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another:

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/racist

 

If you make a joke about blacks and watermelons, whatever race and whatever stereotype, are you really showing discrimination, or feeling superior?

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Actually, if it was funny you would have laughed and not thought twice. But when it's a generic stereotype joke we've all head before then it's cross the line or overboard.

People tend to think racist with the rehashed or old school jokes opposed to realizing the person had a terrible sense of humor.

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The idea of "watermelonium" itself isn't really funny.  Adding a black guy to it and the word "finally" does make it somewhat humorous, but I think that's partly because of the old stereotype about black people loving watermelon.

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The idea of "watermelonium" itself isn't really funny.  Adding a black guy to it and the word "finally" does make it somewhat humorous, but I think that's partly because of the old stereotype about black people loving watermelon.

 

 

Stereotype?  Absolutely.  Racist?  Interesting question.  Does the fact that something is a stereotype automatically make it racist?  Or are stereotypes only racist if they apply to certain groups?

Blacks like watermelon.  Racist? 

 

Irish like to drink too much and fight.  Racist? 

 

Mexicans travel with lots of people in a car.   Racist?

 

Italians love Cameros.  Racist? 

 

Scottish are cheap.  Racist? 

 

British people have bad teeth.  Racist?

 

French people smell.  Racist?

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