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The Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, while visiting a primary school class, found themselves in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.



The teacher asked both men if they would like to lead the

discussion of the word "tragedy". The "illustrious" Rev Jackson asks the class for an example of a "tragedy".



One little boy stood up and offered: "If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a runaway tractor comes along and knocks him dead, that would be a tragedy."



No," says the "great" Jesse Jackson, "that would be an accident."



A little girl raised her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50

children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy."



"I'm afraid not," explains the "exalted" Reverend Al. "That's what we would call a great loss." The room goes silent. No other children volunteer.



Reverend Al searches the room. "Isn't there someone here who can

give me an example of a tragedy?"



Finally, at the back of the room little Johnny raises his hand. In a stern voice he says: "If a plane carrying the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton were struck by a missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy."



"Fantastic!" exclaims Jackson and Sharpton. "That's right. And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?"



"Well," says little Johnny, "because it sure as hell wouldn't be a great loss, and it probably wouldn't be an accident either
 
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