In-Built Racial Prejudice

I would like to finish the week off with a laugh. I had the following sent to me by a friend as an email and thought I would post it here for you all. (Apparently it was featured on a ‘David Letterman’ show recently). Just goes to show that racial prejudices and stereotyping can be in-built. So whatever color you are, whatever race you are, wherever you live and whatever sports team you follow… I hope you have a great weekend and hope you enjoy the following…

(Thanks to David Letterman and Pete)

(This is a true story…)

On a recent weekend in Atlantic City, a woman won a bucketful of quarters at a slot machine. She took a break from the slots for dinner with her husband in the hotel dining room. But first she wanted to stash the quarters in her room. ‘I’ll be right back and we’ll go to eat’ she told her husband and carried the coin-laden bucket to the elevator.

As she was about to walk into the elevator she noticed two men already aboard. Both were black. One of them was very tall and had an intimidating figure. The woman froze. Her first thought was: ‘These two are going to rob me.’Her next thought was: ‘Don’t be a bigot, they look like perfectly nice gentlemen.’ But racial stereotypes are powerful, and fear immobilized her.

Avoiding eye contact, she turned around stiffly and faced the elevator doors as they closed. A second passed, then another second, and then another. Her fear increased! The elevator didn’t move. Panic consumed her. ‘My God’ she thought, ‘I’m trapped and about to be robbed!’ Her heart plummeted. Perspiration poured from every pore.

Then one of the men said, ‘Hit the floor.’ Instinct told her to do what they told her. The bucket of quarters flew upwards as she threw out her arms and collapsed on the elevator floor. A shower of coins rained down on her. ‘Take my money and spare me’, she prayed. More seconds passed. She heard one of the men say politely, ‘Ma’am, if you’ll just tell us what floor you’re going to, we’ll push the button.’

The one who said it had a little trouble getting the words out. He was trying mightily to hold in a belly laugh. The woman lifted her head and looked up at the two men. They reached down to help her up.

Confused, she struggled to her feet. ‘When I told my friend here to hit the floor,’ said the average sized one, ‘I meant that he should hit the elevator button for our floor. I didn’t mean for you to hit the floor, ma’am.’ He spoke genially. He bit his lip. It was obvious he was having a hard time not laughing.

The woman thought: ‘My God, what a spectacle I’ve made of myself.’ She was too humiliated to speak. The three of them gathered up the strewn quarters and refilled her bucket.

When the elevator arrived at her floor they then insisted on walking her to her room. She seemed a little unsteady on her feet, and they were afraid she might not make it down the corridor. At her door they bid her a good evening. As she slipped into her room she could hear them roaring with laughter as they walked back to the elevator.

The woman brushed herself off. She pulled herself together and went downstairs for dinner with her husband. The next morning flowers were delivered to her room; a dozen roses. Attached to EACH rose was a crisp one hundred-dollar bill.

The card said: ‘Thanks for the best laugh we’ve had in years. It was signed: Eddie Murphy & Michael Jordan.

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  1. Wow. This is just amazing 😀

  2. ROFL, very funny, but MJ and EM lol they are like the coolest people but I guess the fear immobilized her really badly. I cant help but feel I’ve had this emailed to me sometime ago, long ago to say. She got payed 1200…I’ll try that next time I see a celebrity.

  3. funny story..but it’s not true..been around since the late 90’s.
    with versions naming reggie jackson..eddie murphy and body guard..etc

  4. I thought this joke would at least involve a BlackBerry or other device with the “built in” reference. :/

  5. Lmfao!!! Funny shit made me laugh da f* out insanely at work……

  6. Would have been amazing if it happened.

    You didn’t read the link to “” by Ron Franks. It didnt happen – its been talked about wherein many African-American men are the “suspects.”

    Read the snopes link.

  7. VERY off topic…

  8. Good Lord does that woman live in a cave?? How in this world could she not recognize those two?? LOL

  9. I know I can get occasionally off topic but I like to share a laugh every once in a while.
    Greg Myers

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