Seriously, It's A Joke

I don't know what to do with people who think I literally believe white people should show the same sort of solidarity they've shown for the past centuries. Or that the nigras are really dead-set on marrying their daughters. But for the record, I don't think white people have to answer for Glenn Beck. It was a joke. I can deal with arguments. But the inability to see ones tongue planted in the cheek is too much. You don't have to think the joke is funny. You don't even have to like it. But you have to at least be able to recognize when someone is kidding. If you're looking humorlessness and dispassion, the web is full of it. We don't need more of it here.

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