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Man Sets Up “Meet The Black Guy” Booth At Local Market

June 6, 2008

she so ghetto black guy boothThe booths at the Saturday Corvallis Farmers’ Market have a wild mix of fresh produce, tasty food, plants and flowers.

But this week, a table just outside the bazaar offered something more bizarre — “Meet a Black Guy.”

Those who participated in the free service could chat with 21-year-old Corvallis resident Jeff Oliver, and get pictures taken with him.

“It’s a statement about diversity in Corvallis. It’s not a very diverse place,” said Oliver, a lifelong Oregonian. He hoped to promote understanding, break stereotypes and perhaps even provide a comedic moment for hundreds of people strolling along the riverfront.

The booth drew a mixed reaction, however.

“I think this is hysterical. The entire market’s great,” said Jeremy Stand of the Bronx, who was in Corvallis to visit family. Oregon, in general, is a pretty Caucasian place, he said.

“It’s a clever way of engaging people with dialogue about the need for more diversity in the community. It kind of caught me by surprise,” said Annette Mills, who moved to Corvallis more than a year ago.

Sherry Littlefield of Corvallis said the booth was unnecessary. She and friend Ron Naasko said they have black friends, and would be voting for Barack Obama for president.

Alright. I get this. Meet a black guy because you may not know a black guy and you may want to know a black guy so you can know a black guy.

Makes me think I am in the wrong business. Is this guy making any money on the side, maybe? How about a tip jar?

Anyone want to meet a black lady?

He hoped to promote understanding, break stereotypes and perhaps even provide a comedic moment for hundreds of people strolling along the riverfront.

Hey… Hey I want to do that too…That’s why I have this blog…

Stereotypes=Bad

Diversity=Good

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Heckler511 permalink
    June 12, 2008 9:57 pm

    Is he even black? Can’t really tell from the picture alone… and which one are we talking about? The one in the front or the one in the back?

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