I understand the need to make fun of one's own ethnic background. Mel Brooks makes fun of Jews all the time in his movies. However, Dave Chappelle's black Ku Klux Klan leader was too far, even though he is black himself. I understand the point he is trying to make. However, he could have done it another way. Yes, Chappelle's depiction of a black KKK leader is extremely disrespectful to his forebears who probably lived in fear of lynch mobs on a daily basis 100 years ago in America.
Unlike comedy, satire and (especially political) cabaret are not made for just a cheap laugh. And even when people laugh (not *if*, they'll usually do at some point), think of the words of Otto Julius Bierbaum (wikipedia cites them). They always have been a method to show up particular things when direct speech was not appropriate or simply not working. Or nothing less than dangerous. You can hide a message, you can show the undeniable truth without just using the N word. The other one, that only has an O after its first letter. And a good way to show how ridiculous or idiotic a particular group behaves or thinks. The one question in Germany when it comes to this usually is "Is it ok to laugh on Hitler?" – with the answer being "No."
"… it is necessary." This is very different from laughing on what these and similar people did – and still do. And if you can't laugh on the black white supremacist – laugh on the white white supremacists at the gas station and at the end of the sketch. No way to take people serious who try to argue without having *any* arguments but bats and forks. "Burn the witch!", remember?
Coming from a black man I could not say this was racist at all. There is a joke that black people want to be white and white people want to be black which he brought to light where he called the two white boys the N word and they both said ALright!
In many ways the skit was uniting for America, explaining a what if incident, which would have been crazy if it were real. The skit displayed a sense of irony and a context of racial stupidity, only felt by a small minority of deep southerners, the rest only live by heritage and not hate.
The Dave Chappelle KKK skit was not disrespectful to the historical struggles of southern Black Americans because it was a comedic skit. Those who watch his show are aware that Chapelle always approaches controversial topics and makes light of them. His skits are not on a show with a serious bent, like a news show, so they should not be recieved seriously.
I think that the Dave Chappelle KKK skit was very funny and I don't think that it was disrespectful to the historical struggles of southern Black Americans. It shed light on this ridiculous group that still exists today and I think showed how ridiculous they are in still holding these beliefs.
No, his skit was not meant nor was not disrespectful to any blacks here in America. He was just trying to be funny and make a skit that the viewers would think was funny. These sort of things are made to poke fun at people in a friendly way only.
Some of the jokes that Dave Chappelle does could be considered racist if they came from a different source, but when coming from a black man who is of the culture in question, it comes from a place of knowledge and identification - not using their culture but being in it and reflecting on it.