That, coupled with the fact that the courts often award substantial damages for supposed offences, has meant that tawdry money-grubbing individuals are actually incentivised to claim that they've been offended by a joke even when there was clearly no malicious intent or when the majority of other people within that racial or national group would not have been offended.
What I've always liked about the British (and, as bravo1102 mentioned, the Jewish) sense of humour, is that it is very often self-deprecating. We do make jokes at the expense of other nationalities and racial groups (obviously) but - with the exception of a sad minority who are genuinely racist - most Brits are just as likely to make (and laugh at) jokes at their own expense.
GenejokeNope. In a way, this illustrates my point. Because the victims are black, I can imagine the perception of many well-meaning but misguided do-gooders would be that this must be racist. In reality, however, the butt of the joke is the South African police. The intent is clearly to ridicule the authorities who promote prejudice and racism, not the victims of it.
Okay here is a joke, lets see who considers it racially offensive