My sister, who has a job and therefore can waste more time surfing the 'net than I can at this point, sent along a link to Salon.com Technology | Rent-a-negro.com:
Eight months ago, damalia ayo, 31, an artist in Portland, Ore., had reached her limit of answering infantile "What is it really like to be black?" questions from her white friends and acquaintances.
"You can't put yourself in those situations anymore," ayo recalls her mother counseling her. "You can't just be everyone's Rent-a-Negro."
Maybe not. Or, at the very least, she could start charging for her services.
Launched on April 20, ayo's satirical site rent-a-negro.com, invites companies, nonprofits and individuals to hire her, "a creative, articulate, friendly, attractive and pleasing African American person" to attend their picnics, focus groups, or nights out on the town.
Well, I expect I could fake the articulate, friendly and pleasing bits while trying to steal customers. . .
The article, by Katharine Mieszkowski, notes that ayo has run into the same problem as those wacky kids at Black People Love Us!, a large slice of the populace that just doesn't get the joke.
Oddly, these are precisely the sort of people who should be purchasing her services. I'm not sure if this is Alanis-type irony or the real kind.