You would think by now that it would be pretty clear that some things are not funny and that no sensible person these days would do them because they are offensive. And yet, some people still do not seem to have got the message.
One group of high school students in North Dakota thought that it would be hilarious to don KKK hoods and robes at a hockey game. But in their defense, these were young people who sometimes do not consider all the ramifications of their actions and, on the plus side, other students near them immediately told them it was offensive and they removed the attire. So that is a sign of progress, of a sort.
But what can excuse the behavior of an adult, a prominent New York City politician, who puts on blackface makeup and an Afro wig to attend a party, supposedly as a basketball player? How dense do you have to be to realize that that was not a good idea, especially when you live in a cosmopolitan area?
The politician has since ‘apologized’ in the “I’m sorry people were offended” format that has become popular among politicians.