Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Healing Power of Humor

"You're racist!"

Kids in North America learn fast how dangerous it is to do or say something to earn that judgment. Adults take racism seriously.

Consider the world's careful discussion about the Spanish basketball team's hand-to-eye maneuver. It's painful to watch journalists struggle to report the story with the "correct" expressions and words.

Thank goodness for those with the gift of enabling us to laugh at ourselves. Listen, for example, to Russell Peters' riff about the Indian accent (Warning: some potentially offensive content):



That's why we'll miss the likes of Bernie Mac, one of a host of honest storytellers unafraid to use humor to prod us along in the journey.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for this, Mitali. Just what I needed today :)!

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  2. Okay, Mitali, you had a couple of us huddled around the monitor laughing at this. In fact, there's someone in this room on the other computer reading about the comic on the Internet even as I type this.

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  3. I love Russell Peters! And yes, the thing that makes him truly hilarious is that he makes fun of *everyone*. No one is exempt, and he keeps it good-natured.

    And I completely agree: humor allows dialogue in a way that other approaches don't, especially around prickly issues.

    Great post!

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