So I am listening to the radio and this guy comes on and tells a joke. My first reaction was to stifle a laugh, then I wondered if the joke was racist. Then, I tried to justify my reactions as hypersensitivity. So I want to know what others think of the joke.
Here it is
Question: What do you call a Mexican that likes Jeff Foxworthy and NASCAR?
Answer: A Red Nexican
Call me naive, silly or simply ignorant, but I don’t know how I feel about this. When we bring up somebodies nationality and use it for a seemingly harmless juxtaposition in thinking, does it imply racism? Is a start down a slippery slope ending in classifying people in negative ways, or can we merely play with words and not be labeled in a negative way?
What are your thoughts? Let’s have a discussion!