Old Roy came over to borrow a shovel today. He owns the house across the street, which he’s still repairing from flood damage lo these many months. Roy just turned 90 last week. I don’t know what I’ll be doing in fifty years, but borrowing a shovel at his age is pretty impressive.
What’s not so impressive are the racist jokes that he loves to crack:
Roy: “Do you know what the AFL stand for?”
Me: “I’m afraid to ask.”
Me: “Because I’m afraid of what the answer might be.”
Roy: “The AFL is the American Football League.”
Me: “Oh. Yeah.”
Roy: “Only now it’s the African Football League.”
Me: “Uh oh.”
Roy: “You know what the NFL stand for?”
And so on…
I’m not gonna disrespect a 90 year-old man. But damn Roy. Even if I could get down with your aggressively racialized worldview, that joke isn’t even funny.