Did Alex Trebek Make A Racist Comment To A Black Girl Last Night? Twitter Reacts

Jeapordy Racism by Alex Trebek

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.

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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:

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?

James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.


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