Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 14, 2017
“How many cops does it take to change a lightbulb?"/"None. They just beat the room for being black.”

A “racist police” riddle has been printed on many images:

Q: How many cops does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: They don’t. They arrest the lightbulb for being broke and beat the room for being black.

“How many cops does it take to change a light bulb? None they just beat the room cause its black” was posted on Twitter on March 5, 2011.

John Knight‏
@Knight_John
“How many cops does it take to change a light bulb? None they just beat the room cause its black.”
11:59 PM - 5 Mar 2011

KIX BROOKS‏
@ilovetits
how many cops does it take to screw in a light bulb? the dont do that at all. they arrest the room for being black.
12:35 PM - 25 Mar 2011

Zippy‏
@BruceGinge
How many cops does it take to change a lightbulb?
They don’t change the lightbulb, they just beat up the room for being black.
10:09 AM - 11 Apr 2011

Paul Schaefer‏
@pschfr
How many cops does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
None. They’ll just arrest the bulb for being broke and beat the room for being black.
8:14 PM - 25 Jul 2011

Reddit—Jokes
How many cops does it take to change a light bulb?
submitted December 10, 2014 by Superdude64
They don’t. They arrest the bulb for being broke and beat the room for being black.

Reddit—Jokes
How many cops does it take to change a light bulb?
submitted November 6, 2015 by LeastRelevantUser
None. They just beat the room for being black.

Catherine Vermillion‏
@CVermillionaire
How many cops does it take to change a lightbulb? They don’t. They arrest the lightbulb for being broke, and beat the room for being black.
1:25 PM - 31 Mar 2017

Me.Me
HOW MANY COPS DOESITTAKE TO CHANGE ALIGHTBULBP NONE THEY JUST BEAT THE ROOM FOR BEING BLACK MEME
MEMES BLACK CHANGE 🤖 HOW COPS THEY BEAT FOR THE ROOM ROOM JUST NONE BEATING THEY JUST THE MANY
FOUND @ 129 LIKES ON 2017-06-02 14:32:05 BY ME.ME