@SRCJJ that sounds a lot more like nepotism than racism to me. Though the two can go hand in hand.
I think, to understand this argument, the best way I can understand it is to break it down into two levels.
On the micro level–say me, or a4tt, or Cristo with our friends, this kinda joke is fine. The stand-in for Lukaku isn’t offended in the least, he’s my friend and understands that we don’t hold these negative stereotypes of black people but just know that he’s got a big dick, bla bla bla.
On the macro level-- singing a chant at Old Trafford in front of 70,000 people that will later be spread about to hundreds of thousands maybe millions more…you have to control it. Whether it’s racist or not in itself is irrelevant, I think, the better question is if it’s good or bad for the fight against racism, and the answer to the question is bad. Better than the example that @Powderfinger gave about Serena I think is the one about an analysis of how black perpetrators of crimes were described in comparison to whites…you end up getting a bestial, over-physicalised (making this word up but whatever) idea of black people, and then you wonder why, when this collective, subconscious stereotype prevails, white cops are so quick to overreact with black suspects…So yeah, the 24 inch penis thing definitely goes toward this subconscious stereotype, and it’s definitely a dangerous one in the end even if in this particular case it’s funny and inoffensive.
This is neither here nor there, but I totally agree with the comments about how tiresome this PC/offended by everything society is. I was thinking that part of this could be down to how different our interactions are nowadays, and how much these two levels, the micro and macro, get mixed up because of twitter, facebook, etc.? I mean, it seems to me a great deal of these debates actually occur on twitter and facebook. But yeah, I was thinking, what 15-20 years ago, or for what people like me who refuse to be modernised lol, would necessarily be a micro level interaction, suddenly, a high percentage of the time, is now a macro level one by virtue of publishing it on the internet and making an interaction available to hoardes of people.