I think it's different when something is meant to be a joke or satire and when someone is ranting in an angry, nasty/ serious manner. Kidding around in most cases isn't a turnoff to people although in extreme cases I guess even comedic jokes can go too far. Two friend's of mine and a few friends of my cousins (whom I became aware of) aren't racially aware at all- as I have become- yet all have some Dave Chapelle type racial jokes they've told. I've heard nice people jokingly say the N word- usually with an A on the end, but they wouldn't use it to attack someone or say it to a black person's face. BTW, I've never considered you as racist westside and enjoy your posts. The "R" word it thrown around far too often as I just explained in the "Why are all the Quarterbacks white?" thread. I'm also a fan of "most" of WP's posts.