But we're not laughing: White male college students' racial joking and what this says about "post-racial" discourse

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This study critically analyzes White male college student narratives regarding racial joking. Through semi-structured interviews, 29 participants described a pattern of behavior and rationalization: they heard and told racist jokes frequently; the jokes were framed as not racist; and the jokes were told only among White people, because the participants viewed minorities as overly sensitive. These students were far from post-racial (i.e., in a state where race no longer matters), despite the prevalence of this discourse, and this highlighted a shared responsibility in the perpetuation of racist practices among joke tellers, listeners, and institutions of higher education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of College Student Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


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