POLICING JOKES JUST ISN’T FUNNY

Daily Mail - - Football -

THE FA were quickly across some taste­less his­toric tweets posted by Le­ices­ter’s 21-yearold mid­field player Hamza Choud­hury.

‘Why are black peo­ple so fast?’ he asked in 2013. ‘ Be­cause the slow ones are in prison.’ These and other mes­sages hav­ing resur­faced, Choud­hury (right) was swift to apol­o­gise.

‘ i’ve learned that some of my thought­less com­ments in the past are hurt­ful and of­fen­sive. They do not rep­re­sent my true be­liefs. i am deeply sorry,’ he said.

Yet think about that joke for a mo­ment. is the point that all black peo­ple are crim­i­nals or that in a racist, white so­ci­ety, un­less black peo­ple learn to keep mov­ing and stay one step ahead, they wind up in jail?

imag­ine it from the mouth of a co­me­dian like Chris Rock or Reginald d Hunter, for in­stance. Teenagers can be naive, but there is a spe­cial circle of hell for those who po­lice hu­mour while hav­ing no sense of it.

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