Blind Black Guy

Granddad: You ran into our car! Are you blind?!
Stinkmeaner: YES... I... am! So?
Granddad: Wait, you're blind?
Stinkmeaner: Yes! Blind! You got a problem with that, nyuggah?
The Boondocks, "Granddad's Fight"

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 as well.

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.

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    Comic Books 
  • 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, of them walks into an open grave.
  • Morgan Freeman's character in Danny the Dog. 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.
  • The news stand owner Jeb in Maniac Cop 2, who's unable to see his customer's death, but can feel the killer's corpse-cold hand as he touches it.
  • 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.
  • The titular hero of The Book of Eli, played by Denzel Washington. The blindness part of his character is the big twist at the end.
  • 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.
  • The Last Witch Hunter has Max, a black and blind warlock dealing in supernatural insects. He seems to have little trouble functioning in society, though.

    Live Action TV 
  • Jake from Becker was blinded in a car accident years before the time of the show.
  • 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.
  • Blind Butchie from The Wire lost his sight to a gunshot wound and was once a feared enforcer who got (mostly) out of the drug game after losing his sight. He acts as a mentor figure to Omar and his crew.

  • The Blind Boys of Alabama.
  • Music examples: Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and any Blues Man with "Blind" in his name.
  • Jazz virtuoso Art Tatum, perhaps the most influential pianist of the swing-era.
  • There was an obscure blues singer who went by the name Blind Ben Covington, but acquired the nickname Bogus Ben Covington when word got out that he wasn't actually blind. He is therefore an aversion of the trope.
  • Blues harmonica player Sonny Terry.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • The Demoman's parents from Team Fortress 2 are black-Scottish and blind, having lost their eyes in demolition accidents. This is apparently a tradition for their family, as they're disappointed in their son for merely missing one eye.


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    Western Animation 
  • The blind black Jazz player neighbor who lives in a swamp shows up in a Cow and Chicken episode. In truth his vision is only mildly bad, but blind sounded better for a jazz player.
    • The master of Blues is set up to be one in another episode, but to nobody's big surprise, it turned out to be the Red Guy. But THEN it turned out that he was an impostor, and the real master of Blues IS an actual Ray Charles lookalike.
  • Subverted on The Simpsons with Bleeding Gums Murphy (Lisa's saxophone mentor who died). Even though Bleeding Gums Murphy wore sunglasses (even at night), he (ostensibly) had perfect vision. He was based on Blind Willie Witherspoon, who was blind, and Murphy learned his craft from Witherspoon.
    BG: I learned at the feet of Blind Willie Witherspoon.
    flash to younger BG in a bar
    Willie: I've been playing jazz for 30 years and I just can't make a go of it. I want you to have my saxophone.
    BG: This isn't a saxophone; it's an umbrella!
    Willie: So I've been playing an umbrella for 30 years? Why didn't anybody tell me?
    BG: Heh, we all thought it was funny. chuckles
    Willie: That's not funny.
  • Col. Stinkmeaner from The Boondocks.
  • On Gargoyles, Hudson manages to befriend one named Jeffrey Robbins.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends had one episode focusing around a "seeing-eye friend" trying to find his kid, who was blind and black- and, of course, named Stevie.
  • The "Toby Danger" cartoon in Freakazoid! had a brief gag where a dead ringer for Ray Charles continued performing oblivious to the power being cut.
  • Toots, Joan of Arc's foster father in Clone High, is a massive parody of this, as well as a host of related tropes (Magical Negro, Blind Seer, Inspirationally Disadvantaged). He's not especially insightful, but he thinks he is.
    Now I may be blind, but I can still see that...
  • An episode of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is about Ickis moving in with a blind black jazz singer.
  • An episode of Davey and Goliath about racism involves Davey making friends with Jonathan's cousin who was racist towards white people, but temporarily blind after an operation.
  • In the Hey Arnold! episode "Das Subway" one of the subway passengers is an old and blind black man with his seeing eye dog. He also claims that his other senses (especially smell) got stronger after he went blind.