What I said, again.

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 11 17:22:27 UTC 2010

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 4:15 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> How about, _"I'm white. [Pause.] My husband doesn't think so"_ ?
> Funny? Racist? Surreal? Â  I don't pretend to have all the answers.

Well, just standing there with its mouth hanging open, it seems
somewhat surreal to me. OTOH, I think that is has, as Richard Pryor
once put it, "p'tincha." The Chappelle Show, The Boondocks, or South
Park could probably make something satirically funny out of it.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
–Kathryn Schulz

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