Can a white guy make jokes about black people?

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#1  Edited By waezi2

I consider myself a amateur comedian, and whenever I try to make up new jokes, I keep thinking: where is the line between making fun of something and being respect-less?

Like; Is it acceptable to make jokes about Afro-Americans?

I'm from Denmark where we have a tradition of being respect-less because we can. We live by something called the Law Of Jante where the golden rule is: You're not to think you are anything special. So it sometimes surprise me how polite people are when I'm not in Denmark. And on this site I have been asked to watch my language several times, witch I find refreshing coming from a culture where the F-bomb is used more than a trashcan.

Guess I kinda got sidetracked:P Back to my question; is it okay for a White guy to make jokes about black people?

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If it's funny then anyone can make a joke. If it's lame or extremely racist then it's not funny. In the end you can do pretty much whatever you want.

For example:

Black guy: What's you favorite kind of fruit?

White guy: Strange fruit! Ha Ha Ha!

That is the kind of joke you can't make. A fried chicken joke is cool, though.

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#3  Edited By the_stegman  Moderator

"Afro Americans"??

Anyway, it depends on what is actually said in the joke. And it depends on the comedian. For instance, Louis CK is known for having offensive jokes, sometimes about race, I'm black, and I still laugh my a** off at them.

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#4  Edited By SSJDarthPlagueis

People can take a joke and some people can't take a joke. Many comedians who are white say black jokes, and some people are fine with. Then we have our sensitive ones that trip balls for the corniest jokes.

So it's alright, but just know people are people, and someone will find it offensive anyways even though it was a joke.

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#6  Edited By Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Tosh does it all the time and he does it well. But to be fair he makes fun of everyone.

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#7 the_stegman  Moderator

@waezi2 said:

@the_stegman said:

"Afro Americans"??

Isn't it called that?

I think African American is the standard term. Though I just say Black.

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Yeah, but it depends on the joke......

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#10  Edited By Jonny_Anonymous

@waezi2 said:

@the_stegman said:

"Afro Americans"??

Isn't it called that?

Depends if you're just talking about americans or black folk in general

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Along it's funny. P.S I'm Black,

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"Afro Americans"??

Anyway, it depends on what is actually said in the joke. And it depends on the comedian. For instance, Louis CK is known for having offensive jokes, sometimes about race, I'm black, and I still laugh my a** off at them.

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well Louis CK is awesome soo

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As long as you pronounce it ni-gga if you pull a ni-gger it "rustles their jimmies" as some would put it.

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If it's funny, yes. Doesn't matter if it's about slavery or race relations...a funny joke is a funny joke. If it's not, then it's highly offensive and in poor taste. Is it a double standard? You bet your sweet ass it is. But that's comedy.

Although, if you're from Denmark...you don't really have room to talk, and totally deserve to get called out for not ever actually seeing a black person (whether that's true or not). :P

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Yes you can... White Comedians have made jokes about Black People with significant success... take for instance Gary Owens who makes fun of Black People in Churches... it can work.

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@jaken7 said:

Although, if you're from Denmark...you don't really have room to talk, and totally deserve to get called out for not ever actually seeing a black person (whether that's true or not). :P

XD

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#17  Edited By Riddlergeist

it depends who u are around.

in 9th grade we had a black kid named manny.

we shut the lights off in the locker room and go "manny where are you"

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@riddlergeist: ...but you can't see anyone in the dark.

Kids are dumb.

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well.... we couldnt see him especially

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As long as it doesn't involve slavery or imply that blacks are inferior to whites.

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it depends who u are around.

in 9th grade we had a black kid named manny.

we shut the lights off in the locker room and go "manny where are you"

I would've come up behind you and said "HERE".

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It's generally best not to.

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#25  Edited By Ostyo

@waezi2: Of course! Don't let anyone tell you other wise.

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It depends on the joke and, IMO, your relationship with black people. I'm not saying you have to have a ton of black friends or any at all. Just, I would accept a white dude from Columbus making a black joke over a confederate flag wearing redneck from Alabama making the same joke. You being from Denmark.....it's iffy. When I went to Poland, a few guys there made some black jokes. I'm sure they weren't trying to be rude or mean, but they knew nothing about black people. It just seemed like all of their jokes were reshuffled, and based off the worst stereotypes. They really did not know how far was too far lol. Like...there's just something off when a foreigner, with little to know interaction with black people, or any minority, makes minority jokes IMO. Now, if you can come up with some truly funny stuff, then go for it lol.

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White people walk like this

but Black people walk like this

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Sure it's okay. By the way, the politically correct term is "African -American" unless they are from say, Denmark then they are "Denmarkian African American. Unless they are from England but have moved to Denmark then they are British African Denmarkian American. From there, the political correctness just gets ridiculous. 'Merica!

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@waezi2: Actually I think he's Mexican. His full name is Bender Bending Rodríguez

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@iaconpoint: Na, in Denmark we say foreigner of everyone who isn't white.

If they are born in Denmark, we say second generation foreigner.

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#33  Edited By superstay

@marvel_boy2241 said:

If it's funny then anyone can make a joke. If it's lame or extremely racist then it's not funny. In the end you can do pretty much whatever you want.

For example:

Black guy: What's you favorite kind of fruit?

White guy: Strange fruit! Ha Ha Ha!

That is the kind of joke you can't make. A fried chicken joke is cool, though.

I feel so stupid...I don't get it...?

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@the_stegman said:

"Afro Americans"??

Isn't it called that?

In the States, 'African Americans'' is politically correct. However, 'Black' is most used...One could argue that Afro-American is the most accurate (since 'Afro' is the name of the evolutionary bloodline of African decent (I think what I said there is correct?). Here in the States, Afro-American was used once upon a time. However, it's outdated among the majority, now (most American today probably would think you're talking about the hairstyle). African American is the PC term. But, outside of PC scenarios, Black people rarely use it. In fact, some dislike the title. Black or Black American would be more common in the States.

As for your question...I have no problem with racist jokes. I'll laugh at any joke, if it's funny to me. But, that's mostly because I take nothing serious...

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@waezi2 said:

@the_stegman said:

"Afro Americans"??

Isn't it called that?

Depends if you're just talking about americans or black folk in general

Gawd, I feel more stupid, what do you mean?

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@superstay: Well if I was a black english duder I'd be pretty pissed if he called me african american

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#35  Edited By Nelomaxwell

@waezi2: Do you know any black people? If so then test the jokes on them. If not then meet some and try to make friends with them. See when making jokes it's best not to use overly offensive stereotypes, since well you have not basis for making the jokes in the first place.

@superstay: Strange fruit is reference to lynchings bruh.

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#36  Edited By Jonny_Anonymous

White people walk like this

but Black people walk like this

Tell me, how do asians walk?

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#37  Edited By Erik

@saint_wildcard said:

White people walk like this

but Black people walk like this

Tell me, how do asians walk?

Well because of gravity being backwards over there, they walk on their hands.

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@erik said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

@saint_wildcard said:

White people walk like this

but Black people walk like this

Tell me, how do asians walk?

Well because of gravity being backwards over there, they walk on their hands.

Sorry, gif or it didn't happen.

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I make black jokes constantly...to my black girlfriend. She laughs, she makes a joke about white people, I laugh. It's just how our relationship works.

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Daniel tosh does

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Daniel tosh does

Yeah, and he is usually a Funny Muthafacka... at least when he is not showing those gross things.

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A careful comedian will spread it around, include themselves, and not be too offensive.

If you spend all night making fun of one race, that you're not a part of, you're going to have issues...unless you're just that funny and skillful.

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@superstay: There is this Black-History-related song called "Strange Fruit." As you probably already know, black people used to hung from trees for various reasons (mostly for no reason at all). The song refers to these dead black peoples' bodies as "strange fruit." Now do you get how unfunny the joke is?

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#44  Edited By Ironshinobi88

Yeam

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@nelomaxwell:

Oh, okay...dO.Ob Ohhhh...ehhh

@jonny_anonymous:

Yeah, I understand now...I call them 'Black Brits'...but, it get confusing when you get into black Irishmen...

d^_^b

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@superstay: There is this Black-History-related song called "Strange Fruit." As you probably already know, black people used to hung from trees for various reasons (because they were black). The song refers to these dead black peoples' bodies as "strange fruit." Now do you get how unfunny the joke is?

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Comedy should have no boundaries so yes.

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#48  Edited By Cable_Extreme

Making fun of a race is generally a bad idea.

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