Apparently there is an entire series of these very funny videos from 5 years ago. I can’t believe I had to randomly come across it on Facebook!
The set up is quite simple: White women alone on an elevator have an annoying habit of clutching their purse when a black man gets on. Here’s what those black men are thinking:
This is different from women being wary when alone with a man in a confined area. There, the fear is being sexual assaulted and in a country where one out of every three women have been sexually assaulted, it’s not exactly an unreasonable fear.
On the other hand, the overwhelming majority of white women have not been robbed by a black man so being afraid of one is completely irrational.
To be fair, it’s not entirely the fault of white women. The news has a loooong history of over-representing black crime. The useless War on Crime just “happens” to disproportionately target black men. It’s a kind of cultural brainwashing that is very hard to shake even if you recognize and acknowledge it.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t make fun of it.