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From commenter Jhodi:

But I'm still uneasy about one basic point. Can white people giggle at Steele or should we be biting our tongues?

Heh--If you have to ask, than probably not. Any twangs of guilt likely come from laughing at something else, besides the joke.

All kidding and blog titles aside, you can laugh as much as the rest of us. I don't actually believe it's that hard to detect racism. Even if it is, I'm not sure how much I care. I'm quite sure some of the best jokes in the Steele thread, come from people who don't look like me. Besides, who could ever forget this number. Blacks and Jews FTW.

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