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  •  pretty sure I suggested that if something is (0+ / 0-)

    deliberately MEAN than I have an issue with it.

    If I were fine with 'n word' jokes, I'd have to be fine with people throwing out the k*ke word too, wouldn't I?

    Ray Bradbury, in a foreword to Farenheit 451, wrote a scathing indictment on the overuse of cultural/political/social sensitivity with respect to the suppression of creative inspiration.  I agree with him wholeheartedly.  With respect to your discussion of the 'n' word--I have no respect for that publishing company that opted to censor it out in Huckleberry Finn.. None.

    In any case, the examples you give, while they are stereotypical in some respects, are generally positive--and it's easy enough for parents to  talk to their kids about portrayals, stereotypes, where they come from, what they mean, and how to see people as individuals.

    With respect to African Americans--what of Good Times?  Jeffersons?  Lots of stereotypes in there--does it matter whether the directors/actors were black or white?  

    If the humor is NOT ill-intended...roll with the punches
    you say yourself--laugh 'with' but not 'at'.  

    It sounds like you're not always comfortable with the distinction there--and sometimes the distinction is pretty subtle.  Because laughing 'with' often MEANS that someone is laughing at themselves, right?

    Further, simply to shield children from anything that might be slightly uncomfortable and pretend it doesn't exist until they're 15 is in itself pretty damaging.

    In closing--if one goes around looking for offense--one will find offense.  

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