"I lived in 4 different countries and worked/socialised with all sorts of people, and I mean races,nationalities,religions,sexual preferences and so on, yes even with the Irish."
...Good for you, I guess?
"Inevitably the ones I did not get along with are the ones that make a big deal out of nothing..."
Because open discourse and posting a difference of opinions on a forum is a big deal. A very. Big. Deal.
"Believe me every person in this planet is a "minority" somewhere."
And believe me when I tell you that pointing out the obvious is obvious. Not that this point is relevant, seeing as this forum is comprised mostly--correct me if I am wrong--of Western white males.
"Now put up that "minority" flag and wave it about and you are just inviting criticism and making your life more difficult than it needs to be."
All I did was mention how I could relate this thread to past experiences, and this is flag waving? Talk about making a big deal out of nothing. Pot meet kettle. And I fail to see how my life is more difficult. Again, this is just words man. On an obscure backpacking website.
"How about you start seeing yourself just like everyone else ?"
How and when did I state that I was not like everyone else? I only spoke for myself and my experiences. My existence has certain unique details that influence my perception, as does all individuals. To deny this and try and appeal to some BS "we are all one" type essence is just silly. I would encourage you to stop speaking in tired platitudes and actually address the issues raised. Or crack more bad jokes.
"BTW, there is a difference between telling a joke and living that joke, pity you can't see that."
Thank you for your insight and your pity. I will do my best to try and ruminate on such sage advice, though as you have pointed out, I can't see it just yet, but I am trying. Perhaps you can elaborate further on exactly how it is that one differentiates between telling and living a joke?
"As I mentioned before, the best Jewish jokes (making fun of the stereotypical Jewish characters) are told by Jews.
No they are not being racist, just having a good laugh at themselves."
First of all, the majority of the jokes cracked in this thread are by men about women. Next, it's all about context, isn't it? You would have to give us a specific example rather than make broad generalizations about the entirety of Jewish jokes told by Jews. I would imagine some are challenging stereotypes by being ironic, while others are perpetuating them. And by the way, just because someone from a particular minority group is okay with potentially racist/sexist/bigoted jokes does not make it alright, as I have already pointed out. There are documented cases of Jewish anti-semites, for example: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/csanad-szegedi-jewish_n_1776617.html
I was not okay with Carlos Mencia cracking racist jokes against his own ethnicity and others, for example Asians. Not to mention that he was not really breaking new ground with his comedy, and that I just didn't find his jokes funny.
"Not long ago in fact I posted here some comments from one Terence Milligan (Spike) that some thought were offensive towards the Irish and they were..except that they don't come any more Irish than Spike."
I have already explained that I am not offended by this thread, for one. Next, it is again about context, and if the jokes are actually funny or not.
"Have a laugh at yourself too , it's not going to kill you, in fact you may just live longer by doing so."
How exactly have you determined that I don't have laughs at myself? You don't know me or have ever met me as far as I can tell. As to living longer, science has already debunked that whole positive thinking BS. I recommend you read a book called "Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America" along with many other studies that have evidence to suggest that being grumpy may contribute to living longer, for example: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1224701/Forgas-Grumpy-good--scientists-bad-moods-improve-memory.html#axzz2KmIACtFY
and another example: http://www.livelongerpost.com/grumpy-people-live-longer-since-they-are-more-apt-to-cope-with-crisis-research-says/
Have a nice day :)