Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Professor Red's Reparations

The humor of Red's most recent post about reparations is funny on two levels, and I'll try to address both of them.

First, of course, there's the humor innate in the situation of a white boy from South Carolina (whose great-granddaddy undoubtedly owned many slaves) pretending to be a black man in order to demand reparations from himself for the crimes of his forebears.

Very funny, Red, and I commend you for that joke.

Then, of course, there's the humor for those who don't realize that Professor Red is actually a redneck from down South. It's the humor for those who think he really is a black man. Since Africans were the worst offenders when it came to kidnapping people of their own race and selling them to Europeans and (eventually) Americans, Red is still demanding reparations from himself for his forebear's misdeeds!

Again, Red, no matter which way you look at it...

Very funny. I hope you've got the money to pay for the reparations you're asking for!

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