Complete Book of Ethnic Humor
Submitter: I found this ridiculous gem in our humour section: The Complete Book of Ethnic Humor by Larry Wilde, copyright 1978. Amazingly, we own not just one, but two copies of this, and it has been checked out as recently as 2008. The table of contents lists ethnicities in alphabetical order (although ethnic classifications such as “Gypsies” may be up for debate.) Each chapter is prefaced with a highly insensitive cartoon drawing of the group engaging in some stereotype.
My favorite part is the Foreword which says “Ethnic humor in America has a strong heritage…At first, white men blackened their faces and made people laugh.” Yeah, ha ha.
Holly: Oh. My. Gosh. Again, I am just floored by what is out there on library shelves! I can take a joke. Really, I can. But TWO copies?? This is ridiculous. My intention is not to pick on any particular group, but here’s an example from the book of just how horrible the pictures are:
Mary: This picture doesn’t look like any of my relatives at all. They are a lot taller.