Alex Trebek was hosting the college edition of Jeopardy! last night when he made a comment that appears to be racist. While speaking to a black contestant about a question related to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), he comments that she “better get” the answer right.
That contestant, Kenesha Bennett, a student at Oakwood University, a private school in Huntsville, Alabama, selected the question under the “Student Aid” category.
Alex read the following question: “This group gives scholarships to minority students financial support to 37 historically black colleges and universities.”
He then responded: “Kenesha, you’d better get it.”
Not missing a beat Bennett responded, “I know” before giving the correct answer of UNCF.
So was Alex Trebek racist? Twitter users were quick to tweet their own opinions:
Hmmm…Alex Trebek sounded a little racist on that one.
— It's Clowney Time! (@ClowneyTime) February 13, 2014
Add racist to one of Alex Trebek's many talents #Jeopardy He told a black girl to answer a statement about UNCF
— Juan Flores (@johnnyflowers17) February 13, 2014
Wow, Alex Trebek. I knew you were sexist, didn't know you were a racist too. #Jeopardy
— Michele G. (@MicheleinPhilly) February 13, 2014
This isn’t the first time that Alex Trebek has assumed that someone should get an answer right because of their racial background. Here’s another incident from 2006 that involves a contestant of Indian decent:
The general, and by no means general consensus, on Twitter, is that Alex Trebek is racist. What do you think?