The best way to deal with race is to peel the façade of blind tolerance off and take a look at the infection of racism itself. That’s what Mike Epps does in his new AOL series That’s Racist. There are six episodes so far, and I have enjoyed each one. He takes stereotypes, jokes about them, but then delves into their origins for understanding. It’s funny, informative, and a much needed reprieve from all of the fake post-racial America lies that politicians and the media are trying to force down our throats.
The bit about bad Asian drivers was really eye opening (you might be racist if you read that as a pun). Turns out, in many Asian countries, the rules of the road are that there are no rules. They just go and get where they are going in the best way possible. Those patterns carry over to them driving in American traffic. I never thought about the way people drive in other countries, but I’ve watched some Youtube videos and, it’s pretty freaking crazy in some places. The driving culture is completely different from ours.
And that’s the point of his series. To open our minds up to the reasons people do things, culturally, and how they became stereotypes.
Some folks are way too caught up in believing we are all the same, and no one should see color, and all of that BS, so they may take this show offensively. Not to mention the amount of people that can’t take a joke. If you can’t laugh at yourself, this may not be the show for you. If you think you don’t see color, then this show may get under your skin. I for one think my color is beautiful and I find it offensive when people say they don’t see it. Denial of color, culture, religion, etc… is a dangerous type of ignorance that just leads to more issues. Let’s instead appreciate our differences. There’s nothing wrong with them, they are just differences.
Comedy is a great teacher and I’m so glad to see this type of dialogue happening. I look forward to more episodes.
In regard to black folks and fried chicken, I’d like to leave you with these words from one of Nick Kroll’s many awesome characters, Fabrice Fabrice, “You know who likes fried chicken? It’s black people. You know who else likes fried chicken? EVERYBODY!”
Thank you for reading!