Monday, August 21, 2017

Joke of the Day (Dick Gregory, on the Self-Confidence of Whites)

“You gotta say this for whites—their self-confidence knows no bounds. Who else could go to a small island in the South Pacific where there's no crime, poverty, unemployment, war, or worry—and call it a 'primitive society'?”—Comedian and civil-rights activist Dick Gregory (1932-2017), quoted in Gerald Nachman, Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s (2003)

Remembering a great comedian whose later years were best summed up by the title of his 2001 memoir: Callus on My Soul. Now, he has gone, in the words of the epitaph of an earlier great satirist, Jonathan Swift, “where savage indignation can lacerate his heart no more.”

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