Cultural Differences

For my English 3 class we begin each class with a YouKu video that a student’s chosen. They explain what the video is and why they like it. Today we had one that’s longer than usual, that all the students really liked, though it made me uncomfortable.

Stand up comedian Russell Peters jokes about how white people should hit their kids. While it’s original, I guess, I just didn’t find it funny. I thought it was troubling in so many ways. I’ve always been greatly opposed to corporal punishment and am well versed in it’s negative effects. Still in much of the world it’s common.

At the end of the set, he talks about how rude, angry and rebellious American white kids are. That rang true and I am still wondering why. Why do we accept rebellion and why is it so severe, when other cultures don’t express it?