Black worker called home with minstrel statues in viral TikTok
A viral TikTok shows a black internet service worker called into a house with minstrel statues in the metro Atlanta area.
These figures, or coon caricatures, are violently anti-black. Most of these figurines and statues, according to research by Ferris State University, contained shiny black “skin”, bulging eyes, large red lips, a flat nose, and curly hair. They were meant to portray black people as fools, savage savages, childish buffoons, lazy deviants of a sexual or criminal nature, or grinning servants.
Posted by @malacheeman, the video has over 3 million views. He’s a young black man who answers a home call to fix a woman’s Internet service. The voiceover narration explains, “I went to this lady to fix her wifi, and I see that.”
He zooms in on a small silhouette of a black minstrel, eating watermelon: “Does that really eat watermelon?”
He then moves on to the “lawn jockey”, another character considered to be anti-black, near the driveway leading to the front door.
“My God, I knew it was racist,” the voice said.
In the second part he says: “She offered me coffee, but I looked Get out too many times. ”He’s inside the house, which is a mess.
As the voiceover says his “manager has come to save him”, he leans over a book on the woman’s table titled Let Trump be Trump.
One of the commentators noticed the watermelon roller coaster, connecting to the minstrel figure outside. Another joked with a Get out reason: “Fortunately you didn’t have the coffee.” She probably would have hit the spoon against the cup a few times, and we would never have seen you again.
He jokes in a third video, responding to a comment on the racist woman’s obsession with blacks via minstrel figures: “Who wouldn’t want to be black? Who wouldn’t want all that chocolate?
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* First published: July 18, 2021, 10:23 a.m. CDT
Kahron Spearman is a music / film critic and copywriter. His feature films are regularly published in ‘The Austin Chronicle’.