A recent Onion article reminds us of the need to be mindful of how target audiences process language, especially in the face of decades of stereotypes.
Black Guy Asks Nation For Change
CHICAGO—According to witnesses, a loud black man approached a crowd of some 4,000 strangers in downtown Chicago Tuesday and made repeated demands for change.
“The time for change is now,” said the black guy, yelling at everyone within earshot for 20 straight minutes, practically begging America for change. “The need for change is stronger and more urgent than ever before. And only you—the people standing here today, and indeed all the people of this great nation—only you can deliver this change.”
The black guy is oddly comfortable demanding change from people he’s never even met.
It is estimated that, to date, the black man has asked every single person in the United States for change.
“I’m a hardworking American who pays his taxes, and the last thing I need is some guy on the street demanding change from me,” said William Overkamp, a Springfield, IL gun-shop owner.
He added, “What he really needs is a job.”