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Langston Hughes says Humor is laughing at what you havent got when you ought to have it Of course you laugh by proxy Youre really laughing at the other guy lacks not your own Thats what makes it funny-The fact that you dont know you are laughing at yourself Humor is when the joke is on you but hits the other fellow first-Because it boomerangs Humor is what you wish in your secret heart were not funny but it is and you must laugh Humor is your unconscious therapy Laughter for centuries has been the medicine that ensured the survival of African AmericansHerded together with others with whom they shared only a common condition of servitude and some degree of cultural overlap enslaved Africans were compelled to create a new language a new religion and a precarious new lifestyle 1 As Africans were unloaded by boat and placed onto plantations slave masters were completely enthralled by the way they spoke moved and danced Out of slavery emerged a culture that would influence Americas mainstream culture for infinity Slavery created bondage for Africans and when it looked like they were going no where fast they laughed sang and amused one another with riddles jokes and animal tales from the homeland Slave masters could not conceive why slave in such a miserable state were so joyous what they did not know was many of the songs jokes and riddles were more than surface deep and many times about the master The slaves made the best of the condition by laughing at the way the slave master treated them and their reaction to this treatment They were laughing at the slave master and at the same time laughing at themselves However it did not take long before slave masters made slave merry-making public Many times slaves were called upon to entertain the master and their guest Slave merry-making was also encouraged because it also increased the price of
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