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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Anime & Manga
- Beth Chapel, Charles McNider's successor as Doctor Midnight in the 80s, is a female example.
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.
- 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.