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May 20, 2014

‘Off-Color Jokes’

Michelle Obama lectures.

Federal law only goes so far in addressing racism, Michelle Obama reminded graduates over the weekend. So they’re going to have to police relatives and friends themselves. You have to “drag my generation and your grandparents’ generation along with you,” she said. “Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you’ve got an aunt [that] talks about ‘those people.’ Well, you can politely inform them that they’re talking about your friends.” Did she really just say “off-colored” when talking about racism? Oh, that was probably an off-color joke on our part…

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