A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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 16, 2015
“Everyone wants to be black until the cops show up”

“Everyone wants to be black until the cops show up” is a popular saying meaning that black culture is accepted by whites, but whites wouldn’t like the part where racist cops show up. American comedian Alonzo Bodden said “everybody wants to be black until the cops come” in a routine on the television show Last Comic Standing (airdate: August 12, 2004). American comedian and actor D. L. Hughley is also often credited with the line, but there’s no evidence that Hughley said it before Bodden.
Wikipedia: Alonzo Bodden
Alonzo Bodden (/əˈlɒnzoʊ ˈboʊdən/; born June 13, 1962) is an American comedian and actor known for winning the grand prize in the third season of the reality-television series Last Comic Standing. He had been the runner-up in the previous season.
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The Finale - August 12

Final three hit the stage one last time, starting with LA’s very own Alonzo Bodden, going off with LCS’s very own message board talking about how he’s mean. “When I hear a funny joke, I laugh. I don’t form a focus group to see who got hurt by the joke.” You know, of all the comics, I think I can relate to him the most, and it’s not because we’re both bald men with tight goatees. Following up with “everybody wants to be black until the cops come”, “sometimes I want to be white for a vacation”, “I hope no one who looks like me did nothing”, “Woman, mine! Woman good, you keep”, and “We need a coat of dust to tell us where to put stuff back!”
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You “play” black…but you’re not…
“Everyone wants to be black until the cops show up”
-Chris Rock
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Everybody wants to be Black until the cops come.
Necole Bitchie
larry king says his son wants to be black because black is in…everyone wants to be black until the cops come around
4:07 PM - 23 Jan 2009
@poalli sua citaçao d rapper me lembrou de outro falando no E! outro dia: “Everybody wants to be black until the cops show up!”
9:29 PM - 26 Apr 2009
@ToureX I’ve heard that everyone wants to be black until the cops come. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, America.
11:55 AM - 14 May 2009
Yahoo! Answers
August 23, 2010
“Everybody wants to be black until the cops come”..who said this quote?
I heard this quote and just started laughing cuz it was so darn funny
I think it was D.L. Hughley, Alonzo Bodden has said it too. It may be impossible to know who said it the first time.
@RealDLHughley @DLHughleyRadio “Everybody wants to be Black until the police come” DL Hughley. They do blackface all the time w/o the paint
6:12 PM - 27 Mar 2014
The Art of Flirting
July 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm
Ever hear Alonzo Bodden’s joke about everyone wanting to be “black” because it’s cool :
“Everyone wants to be black… until the cops come…”
The Huffington Post
Clarence B. Jones (Diversity Visiting Professor, University of San Francisco; and Scholar Writer in Residence, MLK, Jr. Institute, Stanford University)
‘Everybody Wants to Be Black Until the Police Show Up’
Posted: 06/15/2015 6:12 pm EDT Updated: 06/15/2015 6:59 pm EDT
The controversy surrounding Rachel Dolezal in Spokane, Washington, is the latest example of America’s craziness and hypocrisy when it comes to race.
A Black guest on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show on MSNBC put the controversy surrounding Rachel Dolezal in the context of the reality of being Black 24/7 in America today. The guest commented, “Everybody wants to be Black until the police show up.”

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