Functions of Black Humor

For this week’s discussion, we will be delving into recent examples of black folks in the U.S. utilizing humor to cope with racism in the U.S.  Recently, several videos have gone viral of white folks calling the police on black folks in public spaces, just for being black, essentially.  What I am interested in, in exploring this phenomenon, is how black humor functions in all of this.  Meaning, how do black people cope with this?  How does humor come into play?  Here is a link Link (Links to an external site.) to an article describing a recent incident, and how black folks’ use of humor comes into play.   Prompt:  Which concept from this week’s reading would you argue that black folks are utilizing to cope with these incidents?  Is this humor lost in translation, meaning, do nonblack folks understand the resistance and cultural nuance occurring with this humor?  (75 words minimum, respond to at least one of your classmates’ posts for full credit) *Keep all responses within the Peralta Code of Conduct.  Inappropriate responses will not receive credit.

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