Is Watermelon A Racial Symbol?

Aug 22, 2016

Watermelon season is almost over. It was once a symbol of pride for freed slaves, but it's since taken on all kinds of racial meanings. We talk about the fruit's history as a racist stereotype with Pat Turner, a professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She's also author of the book, "Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence."

 Examples of watermelons in the media being used as a racial stereotype: