Thin Skinned & Offended

When did we become so thin skinned and easily offended by things that should make us laugh? When did it become politically incorrect for anyone except a black comedian to tell a black joke? While is it still okay for anyone to tell an Irish or Catholic joke?

There are black jokes I think I funny, but I can’t tell them because I’m white. Twenty years ago, I could tell a black joke or Irish joke or Catholic joke, and it was funny. If I could tell a Black-Irish-Cathilic joke, it was even better and people would laugh.

Today, everyone from the president to your neighbor might get offended if they see, read, or hear the wrong thing. Then you’re a racist. You must be. If you say something that offends someone else, there must be something wrong with you.

We can respect women (and men) while maintaining the ability to tell a joke. I’m not saying some things did go too far. Women were expected to put up with treatment that was not fair and that was wrong. But, now we are swinging to the opposite extreme.

Why does everything have to be so politically correct? Why can’t we continue to have a sense of humor without being labelled a bigot, a gay basher, or sexiest?

Archie Bunker was funny. The Jeffersons were funny. The Dukes of Hazard was a wholesome show – and NEVER was racist in ANY way. But these things are unacceptable today. They can’t even be played on television or sold in stores. To buy an episode, you’ve got to find old copies online.

That’s just sad.

Greg J. Gardner
Author of Black Friday – An American Jihad
“Never give up on your dreams, or they will give up on you.”

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