Remember Steppen Fetchit
Remember Steppen Fetchit how we laughed
Stepin Fetchit was the stage name of an African-American actor who portrayed comedic characters in early 20th Century films. He was particularly famed for his portrayal of a character called “Lazy Richard.” Fetchit’s portrayals of these characters were so popular that he became the first black actor to become a millionaire, but, in historical retrospect, many of these characters are now viewed as having perpetuated the stereotypes of African-Americans as lazy and ignorant.
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