How to deal with *ist jokes (sexist, racist, heterosexist, anti-mormon) at church.
- the sly ones about women,
- the pointed ones about “them homersexuals,”
- the loud and proud ones about Mormons.
How do you “hack” the situation by pointing out the inappropriate behavior while doing it in a Christian context?
Carmen Van Kerckhove is a blogger on race in the workplace at her blog Racialicious. She has a guest post up at Brazen Careerist that is just the ticket. When someone tells a racist joke, here’s her suggestion:
My recommendation? Play dumb.
Put on a bewildered expression, act as if you don’t understand the joke, and ask your co-worker to explain it to you. He will not be able to explain why the joke is funny without evoking a racist stereotype. You can then question the veracity of this stereotype, thus pointing out the racism of the joke, without being confrontational and without humiliating your co-worker.
Racist jokes rely on an unspoken, shared knowledge of racist stereotypes. Without the stereotypes, there is no humor.
Try it out next time when you hear an *ist joke, and you may be surprised at how much more effective this can be….more than “YOU RACIST PIG” spraypainted on their bible can be. Although that is pretty effective.