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This is a dumb question, but can someone explain what the watermelon thing means? I gather this is racist from other comments but I guess I haven’t heard of a stereotype having to do with watermelons before. The stereotype is that black people all love fried chicken, watermelon, and grape [beverage]. I can’t tell you where it arose from, but it is a stereotype and no matter how accurate any stereotype might be, it can become racist when there is some sort of hateful or at least intentionally insensitive intent. That being said, I might carve a Jack o melon next summer.

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Okay, so here is the rundown— because I became curious. After the American Civil War, former slaves took to growing and selling watermelon in the south and made it an icon of new black culture. Hateful and bitter white folk flipped it to symbolize the laziness and dirtiness of black folk. Maybe because watermelon isn’t a particularly intensive crop to grow and maybe manure I dunno. Point is, you had a lot of hate and oppression after the civil war. So while the stereotype has lost its initial malice, it still carries that weird power that most people know it’s racist even though we don’t know why.

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