It’s College Championship Week on Jeopardy!
And it also happens to be Black History month!
So the producers of the long-running game show thought they would include a category of African-American History during February 17th’s broadcast.
The only problem was, the three caucasian contestants on the show that day apparently didn’t want anything to do with those clues!
As you can see in the pic above, the category went UNTOUCHED throughout the entire Double Jeopardy round until all of the other answers had been questioned!
Apparently these college students knew more about animals in New Zealand than they did about black people in America, since they opted to tackle that topic first!
Yeah, the Kiwi Fauna category went before the African-American one!
The internet erupted following the telecast with some suggesting there was some slight racism being served up on the program!
But Texas A&M contestant Tucker Pope says he and his fellow players just wanted to move left to right across the board! He explained:
"It happened in the first round, as well. The last category we came to, we had left it untouched. We felt most comfortable picking one category and going all the way through, rather than jumping around the board.”
He’s right. They DID end the first round in the same way - with the category on the far right being chosen last.
BUT they certainly didn’t move left to right, as you can see when Tucker makes the first selection in the second round and chooses a clue smack dab in the middle of the board!
Ch-ch-check it out HERE!
What do you think, Perezcious readers? Were these young contestants showing some unfortunate prejudices or was it all just a coincidence?
[Images via Kingworld.]
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