Racism and discrimination, even as a joke, are a form of cowardice and only serve to prove insecurity within people.
Constantly bemoaned is the fact that racism will always maintain a prominent part of social life and how sad and horrible we are as human beings. The reason racism will always prevail in our society is because people retaliate. It doesn’t matter who started it. Human beings should not allow themselves to be suppressed by bigoted comments. Racism still exists today because many are adding fuel to the fire. You don’t need to respond to a racist comment with another racist comment. Stand your own and defend yourself and deprecate the person who disrespected you but do not attack their culture as a whole. For all its cliche`, two wrongs do not, and never will, make a right.
Of course there are those who defend their comments with ‘Oh it was just a joke, I didn’t really mean it!’ This comment is hypocritical for the simple reason that, if the tables were turned, they would not be laughing at the ‘joke’. Don’t make jokes regarding a person’s race. It doesn’t matter if you’re best friends, work colleagues or extended family. There are so many other jokes out there that are less offensive. The funny thing about jokes? They aren’t funny to everyone and you can risk really offending people, especially if you continue to insist that it is simply a joke. Learn to accept people’s boundaries and apologize. You don’t need to defend you’re joke over someone else’s feelings. That goes with anyone about any joke regardless of race, sexuality and age.
The irony is, over the course of a few centuries, the generations living in outback Australia and America will end up having dark skin. It’s a biological adaptation that protects a person’s skin from burning under the sun. That’s all skin colour is, really. A pigmentation in a person’s chromosome. It can change with time depending on our environment or simply how close or far the sun is from Earth. Does this denote intelligence, like so many seem to think? Wouldn’t a better indication of someone’s intelligence be, for example, the kind of jokes they make. Someone who makes a racist joke, for example, wouldn’t be very smart now, would they?
In the end, whether someone is black, white or rainbow should not be the issue. No matter what, every single race has good and bad people. It’s not the colour of someone’s skin that denotes what kind of behavioural traits they have. As soon as we start categorizing one race as inherently bad, then that is when we allow racism to prevail.