Roy Wood Jr. - Black History Museum Tour Guide

Roy Wood Jr.: Father Figure Season 1, Ep 1 02/19/2017 Views: 4,258

Roy Wood Jr. weighs the differences between having a black tour guide or a white tour guide at a civil rights museum. (2:43)

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You gotta respecta white person

work ata black history museum.

You gotta respect that.That was a choice.

He white.He could work anywhere.

He chosea black history museum.

You know that job interviewwas a son of a bitch.

How many extra questionsdid he have to answer?

'Cause you black and old,

it ain't shit to workat a civil rights museum.

You just walk in,"Uh, that's me on the picture."

What you fillingout paperwork for?

You on the wall.

But if you white, you knowthey just grilling that dude,

asking him all kindsof questions that ain't had

nothing to with black history,all in that dude face.

"Your paperwork looks good,everything checks out.

"Real quick, uh,

at what temperaturedo you deep-fry catfish?"

"Mm-hmm.

"350?

That's what--Okay, that's... 350."

(chuckles)

I know some folksgot a problem with that.

You don't want a white personat a black history museum,

I understand that.Here's the thing.

I'm not saying they're betterthan a black tour guide.

I think a black tour guideat a civil rights museum,

I think they're better equippedto speak on the experience,

because they might'velived that life,

they can speak to certainexhibits from a perspective

that nobody else can.

I just think if you goto a black history museum

and you got a black tour guide,you need to go in the morning

while he's stillin a good mood.

'Cause that brotheris stressed.

You can't walk around slaveryall day for eight hours

and not cuss at somebody.

(cheers and applause)

Somebody getting cussed.

You gotta catch himat 9:00 a.m.

He just finishedthat McGriddle.

"How y'all doing?

"My name is Charles,it's my pleasure

"to take you on this journey.

"Look at these exhibitsright here.

"Black historyis American history.

Come look at the exhibits."

You think that brother gonnabe in a good mood at 4:30,

he been staring at slavery?

That dude liableto cuss out everybody.

"Look at this shit!

"Come look what youdone to us!

"Come lookwhat you done to us!

"Look what you--

Get your ass out my museum, --!"

You go to the gift shop,it's just people crying.

That's horrible.

That's scary.