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Meng Foon: It’s not okay to tell racist jokes anymore

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 5 Sep 2019, 4:22PM
Meng Foons serves as the Race Relations Commissioner (Photo/NZ Herald)

Meng Foon: It’s not okay to tell racist jokes anymore

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 5 Sep 2019, 4:22PM

The Race Relations Commissioner says nowadays it's not okay to say an Irish joke.

Meng Foon told Phil Gifford and Simon Barnett jokes can degrade a person's ethnicity.

He says systemic racism and unconscious bias is prevalent in society, and communities need to be educated. 

"I think we've got to find other jokes to tell that doesn't involve degrading people's dignity." 

Foon says that society is a bit more PC, and it is degrading to any community. 

He says that education and calling people out is very important to tell people that jokes and comments are not right. 

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