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04-13-2009, 06:15 PM
I'm taking a class on ethnicity and heritage, and I'm doing a project where I have to tell people somewhat-offensive ethnic jokes and ask them how it makes them feel. I don't really know any ethnic jokes, and I was looking online and some of them are just terrible. I could never say any of the ones I've read.

So I need your help...if you know any jokes about the following groups that are as inoffensive as possible?
-American Indian
-African American
-Asian/pacific Islander

IF THERES ANY CHANCE YOUR JOKE MIGHT OFFEND SOMEONE, please PM it to me instead of posting it here.
I wouldn't normally ask you guys for help with my homework, but I don't know who else to ask!

Thank you

04-13-2009, 06:57 PM
I'm not sure there is an ethnic joke guaranteed not to offend..... However, it does seem that people are much less offended when people tell a joke at their own expense so I would recommend telling a joke upon your own ethnic heritage (which I'm not going to guess, because appearance can be deceiving).

For example, I am adopted, and my biological heritage is (Dutch, English, French, German, Irish and Scottish), I was raised in a Polish/Italian/German household, I would feel comfortable telling a joke regarding any of those cultural stereotypes (including those on being adopted). I'm also "whiter than white," because I have extremely pale, easily burnt skin, so "caucasian" jokes would be easy. I have some "redneck" relatives, so that could be useable. My last name is german, so I'd feel comfortable with german jokes as well. I wouldn't pick a polish or italian joke, unless I made it clear that I had (at least by upbringing) the heritage

So, that being said, I would probably choose to tell an irish joke, because my name and bio-heritage, as well as my skin tone reinforces the perception that I am laughing at "my own" or my own people's expense.

So I googled "clean irish jokes," and came up with the following

Why does it take 5 irishmen to change a light bulb

One to change the bulb, and four to reminisce about how grand the old bulb was.

04-13-2009, 07:33 PM
How many social workers does it take to change a lightbulb?
5! One to change it and four to ask it if it WANTS to be changed...
OK, so not ethic. Try this one and apply only to professional groups, not ethnicity:
How many [insert professional group here] does it take to change a lightbulb?
5! One to hold the lightbulb and 4 to turn the ladder...
Ethic jokes are by nature offensive, and often the ethnicity mentioned can be swapped out for others without changing the joke. You might do a google search and focus on those jokes that involve language misunderstandings or cultural differences vice those that involve implications of stupidity....but if you are trying to measure the offensiveness of the joke, why look for non-offensive ones?
Best of luck!

04-13-2009, 07:50 PM
If it is ethnic , it is offensive, might be funny but it will be offensive to many of that ethnicity.

painted lady
04-13-2009, 09:50 PM
isn't the whole point of the assignment to tell offensive jokes? are you allowed to warn people that the jokes will be offensive?

04-13-2009, 10:45 PM
I like to read some funny jokes.

04-13-2009, 11:15 PM
an irish man walked out of bar... no, really, he did


04-14-2009, 01:25 AM
I really loved Kaplods cutesy lightbulb joke because it's so true.

My boyfriend is hispanic and native alaskan - and I'm glow-in-the-dark caucasian though one grandmother of mine is native american and the other (my favorite) is black (with great fried chicken recipes :)) I think most ethnic jokes are offensive. Is the assignment really to tell jokes or to just write a paper about how offended people get in the end? Is it a one credit weekend class?

04-14-2009, 09:20 AM
I have to say that I find ethnic jokes extremely funny and I laugh at them all, regardless whether they are about my ethnicity or a different one.

Here is a "Classic bad Polish Joke" (I am myself Czech by origin and you could easily say it's a classic bad Czech joke because in Czech, you can string a number of consonants together just like in Polish - but the Polish community in North America is very strongly represented (as opposed to the Czech one) so if this presented as a "Czech" joke it probably would not be as easily understood.
Anyway, here goes:

A Polish guy goes to the ophthalmologist, who shows him a card with the


"Can you read this?" he asks.

"Read it!?" the Pole replies, "I know the guy!"

04-14-2009, 09:46 AM
Hehehe! That's cute, too...

04-14-2009, 09:49 AM
Q. What do you call a Scottish Cloakroom attendant?
A. Angus Macoatup

I can't really see any scots being offended by that (I'm half scottish BTW)


04-14-2009, 11:02 AM
an irish man walked out of bar... no, really, he did


this cracks me up. (im