There’s a part of me that wants to be a good sport about Jew jokes and not take life too seriously, but then there’s the part of me that remembers all my relatives who died in the camps and is kind of stunned that people (even people who don’t think of themselves as racist) are laughing about that and keeping the racism in our culture alive. Soooo…yeah.
Um A. the Holocaust was an extermination of a particular community with the end result being “racial purity” … so yeah.. jokes about the Holocaust are race related/motivated.
and B. I’m glad you all jumped on the opportunity to use all the stupid nazi puns we’ve all already read on this site a thousand times.
@toph: Are you sure YOU know what racism is? It’s pretty well-accepted in critical race theory that jokes that make light of things like genocides, or that poke fun at a particular racial or ethnic stereotype are in fact part of a larger problem of ‘subtle racism’ that feeds the undercurrents of racist behaviour in North American society. Jews are sometimes described as a race, sometimes as an ethnic group, sometimes as a religion, and sometimes as any combination of the three.
@dogfish: Saying that something is generally accepted as true by adherents to critical race theory is like saying that something regarding economics is generally accepted as true by adherents to the Austrian School. It’s not really a mainstream or critically accepted viewpoint that you’re using to bash someone with, so you should probably come with a little less condescension.
I don’t disagree that Jews are or can be considered a race or that holocaust jokes can indicate an undercurrent of racism, although I don’t think that is always the case.