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Racist Jokes Against Other Cultures Still Not OK

Luke Visconti’s Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on DiversityInc.com. Visconti, the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, is a nationally recognized leader in diversity management. In his popular column, readers who ask Visconti tough questions about race/culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age can expect smart, direct and disarmingly frank answers.

Ask the White Guy Luke ViscontiQuestion:
Why do white people make racist jokes about other cultures in front of blacks and expect us to go along with it when we know they make jokes about us when we leave the room?

In one of the major towns near where I live, a 92-year-old black women [sic] was shot to death. Because she lived alone in a bad neighborhood, she had bars on her home and a gun for protection. The manager of the facility where I work was making racist jokes about the ghetto grandmother holding her gun sideways and taking out some cops. Why do white people think this kind of thing is okay? I truly don’t get it.

Answer:
Thank you for making this point. I don’t get it either.

Perhaps some people reading this will see themselves in the first paragraph and think about it.

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