This could be dangerous, but I’ll risk it.
For all you bleeding hearts out there, let me explain this joke to you.
It includes a joke about an “Indian” who walks into a Tim Hortons with a shotgun in one hand and a buffalo in the other.
The server refers to the native man alternately as “Tonto” and “chief.”
The native man drinks his coffee, then “blasts the buffalo with the shotgun, causing parts of the animal to splatter everywhere, then just walks out.”
The next day, the native man returns.
“Whoa, Tonto!” says the server. “We’re still cleaning up your mess from yesterday. What was all that about, anyway?
“The Indian smiles and proudly says, `Training for an upper management position in Canadian Government: Come in, drink coffee, shoot the bull, leave mess for others to clean up, and disappear for rest of day.’ ”
Object of the Joke: Politicians (not Natives).
Intent of the joke: to use exaggeration and familiar stereotypes to contrast another culture’s view of our own. In this case, the Native Canadian culture’s literal view of Canadian colloquialisms to describe their job. Note: this does not imply that Native Canadians are ignorant – only that they take literally colloquialisms that could be easily misunderstood.
Characters in joke: Native Canadian and presumably a server or bartender of “Canadian” extraction (by referencing Tim Horton’s, a common coffee and doughnut shop in Canada, rare in the USA). Note: both the Native and the server are caricatures of the typical “real” person of said cultures. The Native does not realize in Canada you don’t pack a rifle and wild animals into doughnut shops and that some phraseology is not meant literally. The server uses ’70s terminology to demonstrate his own backwardness and lack of understanding of the Native.
The absurdity of both caricatures sets up the joke. We both know they are fictitious, and their behaviours cannot be condoned in normal society. That is what makes it funny.
Last note: In fact, this joke is an example of a high view of Natives, not a low one. This Native is interested in employment at high levels of government. Such ambition is to be lauded and encouraged. To suggest that this is a racist mockery of natives is to suggest that such behaviour is unlikely or impossible. THAT is racist.