Racist Jokes 101: #OwnYourWords | Museum of Contemporary Art | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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Racist Jokes 101: #OwnYourWords Free Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Sat., July 26 2014
"So often it seems to me that jokes we hear about race are designed to make white people feel better about their own racism, or prove that they aren't racist to other white people," says Fred Sasaki, who along with Seth Vanek curated "Racist Jokes 101: #OwnYourWords." The hybrid stand-up show and free-form conversation—part of the duo's entertainingly educational Homeroom series (Wu-Tang mythology, anyone?)—comes to the MCA in conjunction with the museum's Word Weekend (7/26-7/27). To create a space to talk about race and racism in a constructive way, Sasaki and Vanek decenter whiteness. On the bill are three young entertainers: comedians Rebecca O'Neal and Tim Barnes and culturecritic Suey Park (of #CancelColbert fame). The evening starts with a short film by Nick Twemlow, a found-footage collection of white people struggling to say the keystone of American racial epithets, the N-word. Continue reading >>

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