Key & Peele: Negrotown
Wed 3 Feb 2016 by abagond
“Negrotown” (2015) is my favourite Key & Peele skit by far. They go to a place called Negrotown.
The song informs us:
“In Negrotown you can walk the street without getting stopped, harassed, or beat. And there’s a always a cab when you need to get around – and they always stop in Negrotown.
“You won’t get followed when you try to shop. You can wear your hoodie and not get shot. No White folks to cross the street in fear. No trigger-happy cops or scared cashiers.
“That loan application can’t get turned down. You’re always approved in Negrotown.
“We’re going down to Negrotown, where the strong Black men are raining down. There’s light skin, dark skin, every shade, and there’s no White bitches to take them away.
“In Negrotown you live long and well. There’s no disease, no sickle cell. No stupid-ass White folks touching your hair or stealing your culture, claiming it’s theirs.
“Hanging out in a group doesn’t make you a gang. Every word that you say ain’t considered slang. No one trying to get in on the latest trend by making you their token Black friend.”
At one point Key says, “This sounds too good to be true.” Peele agrees, and so do I. But the thing is, White people take most of these things for granted. The US, in other words, is Caucasiantown.
When it came out last year, I used a scene from it for my masthead:
– Abagond, 2016.