Anti-Semitism is no joke: why stereotypes are so harmful

Dr Liz Evenden-Kenyon:

As I detailed in a previous blog (11 April 2019) about Boris Johnson’s portrayal of Muslims: some jokes just aren’t funny – at least, not if you are a truly inclusive, tolerant citizen.

I have no doubt that many chuckled along with Johnson’s ‘letterbox’ analogy but I know that I’d be unlikely to invite them to dinner. That said, I would be open to chatting about why that person thought it funny. It begs the question: why do some people find jokes about ‘others’ so funny?

Is it because they feel they are being appealed to by ‘someone like them’? That such rhetoric reaffirms your place in the pack because you think the same things, laugh at the same things, and don’t identify with those you perceive to be (so often from a distance) not like you?

A joke’s just a joke, right?

Growing up in the 1970s, I know…

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