Jokes that sound like they are going to be racist, but aren't

I’ve come across two of these in the wild:

  1. How do you find Will Smith in the snow?

Look for the fresh prints.

  1. What do you call a black guy flying a plane?

A pilot, you racist bastard.

How many Mexicans does it take to change a light bulb?

Two. One to change the bulb and the other to hold the ladder so that it doesn’t fall.

There’s a whole knowyourmeme page on this theme.

Love it!

Nice one. I was even aware of that one, but didn’t make the connection.

What do you call a black president?

Mr. President, you racist.

A fairly old English soccer one:

Q: What do you call a black man with ten donkeys?

A: Tony Yeboah.

Tony Yeboah was a black South African striker who made a sensational start in a very average Leeds United team. The word “donkey” is often applied to less skillful players)

There’s the Wheel of Fortune scene on South Park (NSFW).

You know who really loves fried chicken?

Black people

Do you know who else?


See the related (but non-race-related) example:

Q: What do you call a woman with five tits?
A: Lulu.
(This, of course, circulated at the time that she appeared as a guest singer on Relight My Fire with Take That.)

What do you call 70 white men chasing a black man?

The PGA Tour.

Somewhere online, but I’m pretty sure not here, I’ve told the story of the very funny college friend of mine. (I don’t know if this joke is original to him, but it was the first time I ever heard it, so I give him credit.) He was telling a small group of us that he and his wife were expecting their first child.

Everyone started in with the usual congratulatory responses. “Congratulations!” “How exciting!” “That’s great!” and so on. One person asked “Are you hoping for a boy or a girl, or does it matter?”

My friend replied “I don’t really care either way, actually. As long as it’s, you know…” and then paused, very briefly, during which time all of us mentally filled in the rest of the standard answer: “…healthy.”)

Friend: “…white.”

As he and his wife were both white… well, yes, I suppose he rather would prefer that the child borne by his wife to be white as well, for reasons having nothing to do with racism.

A slight correction: Tony Yeboah is Ghanaian

Why did the black man buy 3 boxes of condoms?

They were on sale and he practices safe sex.

What’s black and white and red all over?

I like my coffee like my women.


HOMER: If we wanted to see Japanese people, we could have gone to the zoo.
MARGE: Homer!
HOMER: What? The guy who washes the elephants is Japanese. His name is Takashi. He’s in my book club.

… wrapped in a burlap sack slung over the back of a donkey.

This doesn’t quite fit the category, but I always liked it.

What’s brown and rhymes with Dre?

Snoop Dog

Then this one goes with it, sort of, but it can be told independly and has nothing to do with this category at all.
What’s brown and sticky?

a stick

A zebra with sunburn?