I find intention to be the most important criteria because I myself have friends of different races that I make racist jokes with and neither of us is racist. I call my close friends that, I hangout with” my niggas” and it has nothing to do with the color of their skin. Intention weighs the most in the three criteria’s. “I remember sitting in church, as a child, while our Presbyterian minister made jokes about how "cheap" Presbyterians were. If non-Presbyterians make that joke, it might be offensive. But a Presbyterian making jokes about Presbyterians with the intention of making Presbyterians laugh is fine, because there is a complete absence of malice in the comment”
As a reader you must have some of the same assumptions as Gradwell. You might be able to joke around with a friend about race, but this doesn’t mean you can go around joking with everybody. Public behavior and private thought are very important concepts. You may feel a certain way but that doesn’t mean you have to voice your opinion. Alcohol and anger is a factor that comes into play with conviction. Gradwell’s informal tone makes readers relate more if he was formal when making his points... [continues]
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