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January 18, 2008

People Really Should Learn Not To Make Jokes About Race To Democrats

I mean, consider your audience.

William R. Farr was pretending to read telegrams congratulating this year's award recipient, University of Colorado President Hank Brown, when he pulled out a piece of paper and said, "I have a telegram from the White House."

Then he added, "They're going to have to change the name of that building if Obama's elected."

Witnesses said they could hear people gasp in the ballroom of the Adam's Mark Hotel.

"I gasped," said Gov. Bill Ritter, who was sitting at the table with Farr.

Oversensitive much? Full story is here.

Okay, so the joke was bad. But it left people gasping? I gasp when I see a child run into a busy street. I gasp when someone jumps out of the bushes at me while I'm running in the morning (long story). I don't gasp when someone says something stupid in a public.

To gasp in that situation makes me think the gaspers are not gasping out of any sudden shock or fright, but just to let anyone sitting nearby know how "with it" they are. Look how eager Governor Ritter is to tell the Rocky Mountain News that he was among the people gasping. We get it, Governor, you're "sensitive."

I, however, am not. Would someone with a better racial barometer explain to me what, in the words of Senator Ken Salazar, was so "uncalled for and atrocious" about this? 'Cause I don't get it.

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posted by Gabriel Malor at 04:35 AM

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