Yesterday’s post on Don Imus and the Rutgers Nappy Headed Hos has sparked a secondary discussion in our moderated comments area that — because of bad language and cruel intent — cannot be published here. The topic those horrible comments are trying to enlighten — Where is the Humor Line Drawn When it Comes To Race in America? — deserves wider, but calmer, critical attention.
I love editorial cartoons and this is how some of them are framing the Imus issue this morning. Sometimes a public correction is felt deepest in the bones under the guise of humor:
Here’s my question for you today: Does anything go in American Racial Humor when you try to make a funny?
Are Blacks allowed to make fun of Whites? If yes, how and why? If not,
Are Whites allowed to make fun of Blacks? If yes, how and why? If not,
Where is the Humor Line Drawn in the Asian and Native American
Is there such a thing as Universal Humor?
If yes, how it is defined,
drawn and exploited for laughs — and what is never allowed or
Or is funny only narrowly relegated to certain communities, intended
cultures and ethnic coteries?