If you’ve ever watched sitcoms these days like Big Bang Theory or even dramas like House M.D., you’ll find out just how much our society really hates racial stereotypes and their corresponding jokes.
What you’ll find is a never-ending fountain of racial and sexist jokes, one right after another. And yes, they’re funny. It’s the type of humor that you know you’re not supposed to laugh at, because your society tells you they’re bad, but you can’t help yourself.
Contrast that with the insanely stupid standard that politicians and those running for public office must measure up to or else face the wrath of the Anti-Defamation League or the National Organization for Women. If these groups actually abhorred racism and sexism and were truly intent on stamping out every hint of them in our language, you’d think they’d start with the TV and movie productions. After all, that’s what people are watching, and that’s where people get their funny racist and sexist ideas.
But, no. They don’t care about the TV shows. They’re going to instead focus on some conservative who is obviously speaking in “code” when he uses the term “Chicago” in a “racist” way.
Vice President Joe Biden is often caught with his foot in his mouth, but because he bats for the correct team, he usually gets a pass. His latest “gaffe” is using the term Shylock in a speech, a term that’s considered anti-Semitic, because it’s the name of the vengeful Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Any reference to Jews in the context of banking is racist, because as we all know, there are no Jews in banking today, and there never have been any Jews in banking. It’s all a myth. Just like there are no Jews in Hollywood. To even suggest that Jews have been successful in those industries is offensive and anti-Semitic.
In context, I took Biden’s comment to refer to a sort of loan shark. I didn’t attach any racial significance to it. Here’s what he said, according to CNN:
At a Tuesday conference marking the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, Biden recalled anecdotes from his son’s experience serving in Iraq and meeting members of the military who were in need of legal help because of problems back at home.
“That’s one of the things that he finds was most in need when he was over there in Iraq for a year,” Biden said. “That people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being … I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of, um, these women and men while overseas.”
Biden was safe from the ADL, who gave him a perfunctory slap on the wrist. After all, they’re best buddies. And MSNBC gave him a pass, noting that it’s his gaffes that make him “real” and “authentic.”
I’m not a Bush fan, but it doesn’t take one to see the hypocrisy of the media when it comes to political gaffes. They were relentless when Bush was President, because he was on the other team. Biden can make racial jokes either intentionally or unintentionally, and the media act like that’s what makes him a “real” person.