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African-American comedian Paul Mooney (never heard of before or after the Dave Chapelle Show until now) told the following joke as part of his response to the Michael “Cosmo Kramer” Richards N-Word incident to illustrate that racial humor CAN be okay, so long as it’s funny:
A little RepubliKKKan child gets a bright idea, smears mud all over his face, runs up to his mother and says, “Looky hear mammy, I is an African-American.” His mother takes one look at him and says, “That’s terrible!” before giving him a spank on the rear and sending him off to see his father. His father takes one look at him and says, “You’re an abomination!” before giving him a spank on the rear and sending him off to see his grandfather. His grandfather sees him and exclaims, “Are you trying to give me a heart-attack, you bastard child!” before giving him a thorough spanking and sending him back to his mother. The mother asks him, “Well, did you learn anything?” And the child says, “Yes I did… I’ve only been an African-American for 5 minutes, and already I hate RepubliKKKans… and Michael Richards, unless he’s a Democrat.”
Issues to discuss:
1) Will the Democrats have the courage to set up a “House Select Humor Committee”, peopled by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, to determine exactly what is, and what is not, funny, and then pass appropriate laws to regulate “comedic” content?
2) Does the patriarchal hierarchy expressed in the “joke” enhance or detract from its “humor”, or does it expose a more sickening message that even the downtrodden Katrina-suffering African-Americans are not immune to the ravages of corrupt racist AmeriKKKan culture?
3) Since he’s African-American, is it possible to force Paul Mooney to reveal the names of the participants in the so-called “joke”, who are all clearly involved in a “Cult of Child Abuse”? Can Janet Reno be brought on board this inquest?
4) Will Kramer apologize to Oprah Winfrey, who has suffered more than all of us?
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