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Craigslist Ad: Cool Black Kids Wanted to Hang Out With Bullied Son

A bullied child is every parent’s worst nightmare, and when school meetings and disciplinary action is not enough, what’s a concerned mother or father to do? Thank god there’s Craigslist where, for the kingly sum of $15 an hour, anyone can find some “cool black kids” to meet their son at the 7/11.

It’s possible (as with everything on the internet) that this ad is fake. But its location on the “security jobs” section of New Orleans’ Craigslist subsite seems too earnest for a fake artist interested in viral fame. I mean, who doesn’t know a parent who might do something like this once they’ve reached the end of their rope? When I was getting bullied, my mom hired a “cool older kid” to drive us home after school (who ended up also being kind of a bully), so why wouldn’t some clueless parent somewhere think “Hey, you know who’s tough? Black kids. No one ever messes with them. Hmm, why not just give it a try? And if they actually become friends, I won’t have to pay them anymore. Win/win.

Here’s the ad, which is still live, meaning that if you know any “cool black kids” or would like to write to whoever posted the ad and explain the finer points of benevolent racism, micro-aggressions and bad judgment to them, you can!

The best case scenario is that this is some aspiring satirist trying to flex their snark muscles, or some dude from Reddit doing a social experiment to see how people will respond.


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