Granddad: You ran into our car! Are you blind?!
Granddad: Wait, you're blind?
Stinkmeaner: Yes! Blind!
You got a problem with that, nyuggah?
A very common form of Twofer Token Minority
is the blind black guy. He's blind, and he's black. May wear Cool Shades
. Frequently overlaps with Magical Negro
and/or Handicapped Badass
. The characters are more often than not a Ray Charles
or Stevie Wonder
parody, and thus tend to be a Blind Musician
The real life source of this is that, in nineteenth and twentieth-century America, many poor black people who were born blind or lost their sight early were deliberately pushed towards musical training, as one of the few careers available to them that didn't require sight.
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- Subverted and played straight in this Levi's commercial where a woman runs into who she thinks is one in the women's bathroom and feels safe undressing and washing up in front of him. Turns out he was holding the cane for his friend who actually is blind.
Anime & Manga
- Beth Chapel, Charles McNider's successor as Doctor Midnight in the 80s, is a female example.
- There is a blind black singer in All of Me.
- The Blind Seer in O Brother, Where Art Thou??.
- The "Three Blind Mice" in the opening sequence of Dr. No. Unfortunately for the local British Secret Service agent, they were just faking blindness so they could shoot him in the back.
- Richard Pryor's character in See No Evil, Hear No Evil.
- In Get Crazy we meet a B.B. King expy at a fellow blues man's funeral - all the other blues men in attendance are blind, throwing flowers, well, blindly...one of them walks into an open grave.
- Morgan Freeman's character in Unleashed. Notably it was Freeman's idea on reading the script for him to be blind.
- The man with the black eyepatch in Blindness (but of course, pretty much everyone else is blind, too).
- The owner of "The Beast" in The Sandlot.
- News stand owner Jeb in Maniac Cop 2.
- The unnamed preacher from They Live! who first tries to convince Nada of the alien conspiracy. He's later beaten to death by the police when they raid his church.
- Jerome from My Soul to Take.
- A rare One-Scene Wonder example appears in Philadelphia, unless he just wears shades.
- Abdul Elijah, the Dark Messiah leader of The Cleanheads in Red Heat.
- Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) pretends to be a blind, legless Vietnam veteran in his first scene in Trading Places.
- Uncle Rob in The Learning Tree, who was blinded in some sort of explosion. He isn't a musician, but he is the wise sage of the family, dispensing advice about human nature to his troubled nephew Newt.
- Gender-inverted in The Princess and the Frog with Mama Odie, a blind black old lady.
Live Action TV
- Jake from Becker
- Geordi on Star Trek: The Next Generation, though not really a straight example as his VISOR allows him to see. Much better than a normal person could, in fact.
- The Rutles had retired New Orleans bluesman Blind Lemon Pie, who claimed to have invented The Rutles' music, although his wife retorted that he only made this and similar claims for the benefit of TV documentary crews.
- One episode of Jonathan Creek had Hughie Harper who had been blind, but surgery restored his vision perfectly. He kept that secret because being a blind, black jazz musician was a good image and he didn't want to ruin it. He got his comeuppance firstly, when a fat, elderly lady undressed in front of him and he couldn't admit being squicked by her appearance and secondly, when she found out about it and slapped him in front of his audience for being a 'pervert'.
- In one episode of Seven Days, Frank became a "ghost" due to a time-traveling accident, and a Blind Black Guy was the only one who could hear him speak.
- One Chappelle's Show sketch featured the eponymous comedian playing Clayton Bigsby, a blind black man who, unaware of his own race, became a white supremacist.
- Parodied in The Sarah Silverman Program where in one episode Sarah sits in a rocking chair surrounded by black musicians as she speaks in ebonics after going temporarily blind in a tanning salon.
- Parodied on The Mighty Boosh - Lester Corncrake is a blind white guy who fully believes himself to be black. Everyone's just too polite to tell him otherwise as he seems quite invested in the idea.
- Female version on Early Edition with Marissa, who at times also acts as voice of reason to other castmates.
- In Signs and Wonders, Diamond the "deprogrammer" (James Earl Jones) briefly disguises himself as a blind beggar.
- Andre from Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.
- Seemingly played straight on an episode of Reno 911! where they have to arrest one who doesn't believe Jones is Black because of how well he speaks until he gives away that he can see and was just being a troll.
- In the Disney Channel special "There's No Going Home," "Weird Al" Yankovic's grandfather is said to be Blind Lemon Yankovic, the writer of the shortest blues song ever. However, he is unsurprisingly not actually related to Weird Al, a possible reference to the fact that "Polka King" Frankie Yankovic is not related to Al either.
- Jada of Battle High 2 is a black blind gal. She blinded herself by showing off with her electrical powers when she was younger, and became humbled by the incident, which caused her to develop into an empath and sort of one of the wiser students.