Free Speech and Religion

How to Make White People Laugh

June 8, 2016  • Aspen Ideas to Go

Author and filmmaker Negin Farsad calls herself a social justice comedian. She works to prove that humor — just like activism — can effectively challenge deep-seated and sclerotic prejudices about race and religion. In her recent book, “How to Make White People Laugh”, she addresses the mistreatment and misperceptions of Muslims in the US after 9/11. In this episode, she’s joined by radio host Dean Obeidallah and Imam Daayiee Abdullah, president and founder of the Mecca Institute. He’s one of the world’s only openly gay Imams. Farsad, Obeidallah, and Abdullah bring levity to serious, sometimes grim, topics in American cultural and political life. The discussion was held by the Aspen Institute’s Arts Program.

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