I've become increasingly alarmed and disappointed in the amount of racist jokes and comments in my school recently. The thing is, I am white with no black friends (acquaintances yes, but we only talk briefly after school while leaving for home and the issue doesn't come up.) None of this is helped by the fact that it's a small town with only about 350 people in our high school, which has a total of four African-Americans in our school. There are many more Latinos, but still only about a fifth of the HS is Latino or biracial.
What I'm asking is this: Does anyone know how to respond to racism when it comes up? When it has I usually tell the people to stop, but they usually just respond saying that I "don't have a sense of humor", that it doesn't really matter, it was just a joke, "don't be so offended", "there's no black people in here anyway", etc.
Then it usually turns to me just telling the teacher after class and them having a talk, but honestly that feels like me A-Being some middle-school kid who always relies on the teacher and B- The students don't care and the problem doesn't stop.
I also have the long title because I want to know how non-whites would handle this. What would you recommend I do? I don't want to assume I know the answer or what is offensive and what is not, because I don't. As John has frequently mentioned in Vlogbrothers videos and a bit in DH&J, that we need to get better at listening to others. In this case I'm talking about third-world countries, when he says that he have to listen to them and help them in the way they say they need to be helped, not assume that we know all the solutions.
So what do other nerdfighters recommend I do? How do you non-whites suggest I help?