Yes it’s okay to laugh, as long as the comedian knows her/his/their racial equity stuff. 

A few of my colleagues have been exploring the role of comedy in racial justice education and advocacy. The questions they are raising fascinate me and have me thinking too. What can humor impart that other means of commucation can not? What makes us laugh? How can we use comedy in ways that advance racial and other forms of equity while not perpetuating a “laughing at ‘others’ ” culture? What does laughing do for us? 

Below is one article and whole lotta clips to get you laughing, learning, questioning, and thinking. The common thread here is that these comedians know their racial equity stuff.

Enjoy, and please share resources you think would work well on this page!



Check out this piece from NPR’s Hidden Brain Podcast Series

White Savior: The Movie Trailer by Late Night with Seth Meyers

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The Surprisingly Racist History of “caucasian” by MTV Decoded’s Franchesca Ramsey

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From the Chappelle Show: The Niggar Family  

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Drunk History w/ Will Ferrell, Don Cheadle & Zooey Deschanel

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How to Tell Black People Apart by the Jimmy Kimmel Show

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 10.01.42 AMWhat kind of Asian are you? by  KenTanaka

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 9.54.29 AMBlack Man – UPN News – by The Chris Rock Show

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 9.57.48 AMLouis CK – I Enjoy Being White

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 9.59.01 AMAamer Rahman (Fear of a Brown Planet) – Reverse Racism

Muhammad Ali – Why is Jesus white?

Chris Rock Explains The Black Progress To Us

SNL – TheDay Beyoncé Turned Black