Feb 22, 2007, 07:13pm #1
I am wondering what the reasons might be, for jokes about Polish people ?
We've all heard jokes like: "How many Polish people does it take to screw in a lightbulb ?" or something similar, that suggests Polish people are lacking in intelligence.
I never understood why Polish people are looked at in this manner. I've always known most Polish people
to be good people. People who take pride in their jobs, family, church, homes....and work hard to create better opportunities for their children.
Seems like society has created some stereotypes for a lot of different ethnic backgrounds. Some good....some not so good. Some EXAMPLES: Jews
are often looked upon as money mizers, Irish
sometimes as drunks, Mexicans
sometimes as FAT....stupid & lazy, but I would disagree, because just look at all the Mexicans that work very hard in the fields in America, picking crops that most people don't want to pick. Blacks
as good dancers (good stereotype) or sometimes not very good with managing money...paying bills (negative stereotype).
I read somewhere that during the German invasion of Poland at the start of World War II, the Germans rolled in to Poland in TANKS, while Polish troops tried to fend them off on horseback. The article claimed this was 1 basis for sterotype. I remember a nice old Polish lady down the street, when I was a kid.......who used to keep her front yard immaculately clean. She would even walk up and down the street, with a broom....sweeping where needed. Sounds a bit odd, but she took great pride in her neighborhood. We used to chuckle as kids. Surely stories about old Polish ladies sweeping entire streets can't be the reason. So tell me, what is the REAL REASON for THE POLISH JOKES !