During one of the segments on Steve Harvey’s show, “Ask Steve,” the talk show host and comedian make a slavery joke and we’re not sure how we feel about it. A White woman from Greensboro, NC asked Steve how she can avoid talking about history with her friends because she doesn’t know anything about history–you know a problem that most of us have (side eye)–and Steve told her to say:
“I don’t really care for slavery,” he laughs and continues, “It works every damn time. That’s what I do when I’m sitting around a bunch of socialites and they’re talking about the past, I just say it and walk off. I have my little drink in my hand, I just say it and walk off. I don’t give a damn if they’re talking abut Christopher Columbus, a treaty, an amendment, a bill. I don’t care what the subject is–it could be prohibition. I don’t care what the subject is. When you get through saying it and I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, my favorite line is, ‘I don’t give a damn about slavery’ and walk off.”
We blame public schools. Maybe if they taught us about our history, we could have something to offer in conversations. There’s nothing funny about slavery and for Steve to suggest to a White woman to tell people she doesn’t care about slavery is like asking her to strap on a steak dress and walk into the woods alone. What and why Steve Harvey, why?
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