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[–] [email protected] 10 points 2 months ago

Yeah, reading comprehension has taken a nosedive in the past 5-10 years. You see it a lot with places like TikTok and Insta, where people are constantly adding “this is only about this one particular group” types of disclaimers.

Like if you make a joke about a certain disability you have, you also need to add a disclaimer that it’s only talking about that one specific disability and not others. Because if you don’t, you’ll get buried in “BuT mY disAbiLitY is dIffEreNt aNd tHiS shOulDn’T be tArgeTed aT Me” types of comments. Like yes, of course it’s not targeted at you. You’re not the intended audience. But you could likely still appreciate the joke from a distance, if you were able to discern who the intended audience is.

Like being able to interpret undertones and infer the intended audience is part of basic reading comprehension. You should be able to read a comic, and figure out both who the intended reader is, and what a joke is targeting. But that skill seems to be getting more and more rare as time goes on. It’s something all of my English teacher friends have separately complained about, because the majority of their students are missing basic reading comprehension skills like this.

This joke clearly isn’t punching down on the black baby. It’s making fun of racists and racism, not encouraging it.