A Florida white man running for office against a black man has said voters shouldn’t “monkey this up.”
I’ve been listening nonstop to Wayne Shorter for three days. Mr. Shorter doesn’t monkey up the music scene. He towers among his many towering peers in the pantheon of jazz greats.
Not that the candidate against a black man intended to offend, one is sure — he could just as well have said “don’t lynch this up” or “don’t trump this up.” Simian slang that could ricochet negatively in a racially inflamed moment is as guileless as apple pie, perhaps.
I surmise, though, that the man who doesn’t want the election monkeyed up isn’t a jazz fan. I extend to him this bit of good-natured ribbing based on an old joke of Bob Newhart’s:
I love jazz, but I don’t denigrate people who don’t. And for those who don’t, “denigrate” means “put down.”
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