I swear, if I see another Black comedian buck dance for this "War on Terror", I think I'm going to snap!
I watch Comedy Central a lot (I'm kind of forced to, it's one of the only half-way descent channels I can get up here at Frostburg State University), and often times on standup specials, when Black comedians come on, they address the "War on Terror". What ticks me off is almost all of them (well, all that I can remember) seem to be against the War, yet they seem to try and justify it.
They make jokes about Arabs being "terrorists", and what really pisses me off is that many Black comedians joke, with a certain smugness, that they partially glad for the War on Terror and racial profiling of Arabs and Arab-Americans because "it takes the focus off of Black people"; or more commonly, "They're looking for Osama nowdays and not me!" This pisses me off because the logic is like this: A bully at school used to beat you up everyday after school. One day, he beats up on another kid instead of you. You are so happy that he has left you alone for once, that you run in and help him beat up this kid who has done nothing to you, in a pathetic attempt to get on the bully's "good side".
What frustrates me even more is that the audience is almost always mostly White, and they of course grin widely and clap loudly, and we all know why. Because a Minority is supporting them and giving them the green light to discriminate against another non-White group. Hispanic-American comedian Carlos Mencia pissed me off because he justified racial profiling of Arabs (who he commonly refers to as a collective person "Achmed") as "hazing". He claimed that Minorities (including non-Anglo Saxxon Whites) in America have always been picked on, and that Arabs should have to go through this "phase of hazing" just like other non-Whites. The White audience of course applauded uproariously.
Not only is this is a disgusting support of White racism (and imperialism) under the logic of "Whatever, it ain't me", I also sense that it's an attempt at Buck-Dancing for White folks. It appears to be a thinly-veiled attempt at trying to cozy up to Massa as a House Negro by decrying everyone he decries and giving him implicit support. It always feels as if these Black comedians are trying to suck up to the White audience.
Has anyone else noticed this with a lot of Black comedians after September 11th?