Tell Me: Is This Bob Newhart Quote Racist?

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An old friend of mine on Facebook posted the following quote attributed to Bob Newhart:

 I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’.

My friend is a liberal, by the way, and the joke was met with laughter and approval.

So, since so many people are talking about today’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, let me ask a very non-PC question…is the same joke acceptable if it’s phrased this way?

 I don’t like rap music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like rap music, denigrate means ‘put down’.

It’s exactly the same joke, except with a different style of music in the set-up.

I think we all know how the liberals would respond…to the second joke.

What do you think?

UPDATE

Here’s an answer from another Facebook friend of mine:

Jordan Farrar Sorry, but there IS a double standard and there SHOULD be. Racism against whites, is NOT comparable to whites being racist against non-whites. The reason, institutionalized racism. A Black person can call me cracker or peckerwood all they want, I still make a dollar to their .75 cents, and am 2/3rds less likely to serve time for the same crime. If I lived in Zimbabwe, things might be different.

 

 

 

 

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