POLICING JOKES JUST ISN’T FUNNY
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.