London, February 27 (ANI): Acting legend Clint Eastwood , 79, apparently believes that political correctness has rendered modern society humourless, for he accuses younger generations of spending too much time trying to avoid being offensive.
The Dirty Harry star insists that he should be able to tell harmless jokes about nationality without fearing that people may brand him "a racist".
"People have lost their sense of humour. In former times we constantly made jokes about different races. You can only tell them today with one hand over your mouth or you will be insulted as a racist," the Daily Express quoted him as saying.
"I find that ridiculous. In those earlier days every friendly clique had a 'Sam the Jew' or 'Jose the Mexican' - but we didn't think anything of it or have a racist thought. It was just normal that we made jokes based on our nationality or ethnicity. That was never a problem. I don't want to be politically correct.
We're all spending too much time and energy trying to be politically correct about everything," he added. (ANI)
You know carp, when I moved to Miami from Cuba, in 1960, Miami was still basically unsullied by spics like me. There were a few Jews here and there, mostly retired from New York, but they were easy to avoid. And Negroes . . . well, they knew their place because it was hard for them not to know what their place was. NO NEGROES, you know, those friendly signs on the front of restaurants and theaters and all sorts of other public places. And if they were ever in doubt there were the COLORED MEN, COLORED WOMEN toilets, over away from the restrooms for GENTLEMEN and LADIES.
I suspect you never encountered such things or you wouldn't be asking why people are so bent over about racism.
It slowly but surely has become more subtle. So when I was living in south-central Illinois in the late 80s, the fact that the barber in the little town--the only barber in town--refused to cut the hair of any black men was a little more obvious than usual for the time. But then, the only people who noticed were the black kids who went to the college where I taught, because there were no blacks who lived in the town. Their absence from the town was purely an accident, I'm sure. And I'm sure it's an accident that poverty is distributed as it is in the US (check it out here), or that my city is populated by "minorities" while the suburbs are populated by "majorities." And if those facts aren't accidents, then they're proof that those people deserve what they get. Suck it up. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Get your butt moving. Seriously, these people are so lazy and so prone to violence and lawlessness that it's not surprising that there are more African Americans in jail than in higher education, or that the HS graduation rate for African Americans is only 50%. I mean, it's not illegal to be black, so it must be their fault that they're always on a rampage. That's why where there are only 170 white inmates per 100,000 population, there are 815 African American inmates per 100,000 population, five times as many.
None of this is important, I'm sure, and it's really terribly unreasonable to say anything about racism. I mean, the Magic Negro is president so surely racism is deader than a doornail. Yessir. Yessiree.
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