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Square watermelons in Japan by ev on 18 June 2009 12:47pm
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/5567430/Pictures-of-the-day-18-June-2009.html?image=24
 
Re: Square watermelons in Japan by bIG bLOGGER on 18 June 2009 2:34pm
 
Obviously,with these new square watermelons you can pack them into boxes or crates using every inch of the space available,enhancing the economics of the enterprise,whereas with the old round watermelons,think of all the space wasted at the corners!
Even though the picture is very nice,(Did you take it yourself,ev?) -the concept is rather shocking.

Question:Do black people,sorry,coloured folks,like watermelons?

The Mayor of Los Alamitos--in Orange County,California--Dean Grose,has gotten into trouble for sending out an e-mail with a pic of the White House lawn planted entirely with watermelons,and the caption : "No Easter egg hunt this year!"
He thought those receiving it would have a sense of humour but he was wrong and there were complaints about stereotyping.

www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/25/white-house-watermelon-em_n_169933.html

White House Watermelon
 
Re: Square watermelons in Japan by peripatetically on 18 June 2009 6:15pm
 
I think it's hilarious, bB!
 
Re: Square watermelons in Japan by canaveralgumby on 19 June 2009 1:49am
 
Okay, I have a stupid question. If they can figure out how to manipulate genes so that a watermelon grows square, why can't they figure out how to manipulate genes so that no one comes out with autism or Down Syndrome?

Are flora genetics that much simpler than fauna genetics?

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In answer to your question, bLogger, assuming you are not American, it is an old ugly caricature/stereotype to say that African Americans love watermelon and fried chicken. It's probably true in as much as EVERYBODY loves watermelon and fried chicken!

But these are particular references in American white supremacist folklore and in their political-cartoon-style art. It's married to the hate-speech that comes from people who use the N word, or call them Ape-men or mud people. It's an ugly colloquialism.

But if you didn't know that, I could see how a person outside of America would wonder what the fuss is.
 
Re: Square watermelons in Japan by johnnythemonkey on 19 June 2009 8:17am
 
Cori, the melons are grown in square containers, not genetically modified.

As for the fried chicken and watermelon diet, I didn't realise there were racial connotations either. Stange people Americans.

Why not just call a spade a spade ? :)
 
Re: Square watermelons in Japan by ev on 19 June 2009 8:48am
 
Cori, here's how to grow a square watermelon:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Grow-a-square-watermelon/
 
Re: Square watermelons in Japan by Rox on 19 June 2009 2:03pm
 
I love this, thanks for posting ev....:)
 
Re: Square watermelons in Japan by bIG bLOGGER on 19 June 2009 2:22pm
 
Cori: I DO live outside of America,but nevertheless I thought Dean Grose's e-mail,given his status as small town mayor,and given his age (65),was rather stupid.He should have known better.

For comparison,in Tracy Bird's Country Line Dance song WATERMELON CRAWL -which has a moral warning about the dangers of drinking and driving--there is no particular racial slant or racial stereotyping; the song is just meant as summery fun even though there is plenty of mentions of watermelons.
 
Re: Square watermelons in Japan by peripatetically on 19 June 2009 2:42pm
 
I innocently bought a cute little watermelon necklace and matching earrings set when I went to New Orleans. They were so cute and just costume jewelry, but were for sale in lots of places down south. I wore them to work one hot summer day and a black co-worker asked me where I'd been on vacation recently. (She was a very volatile person t I must add. Really disliked white people.) It didn't occur to me that I was wearing the pieces when she asked me that, Just thought she was interested because I did a lot of traveling back in those days. After she went away, I realized from the look she gave me that the jewelry apparently didn't go over too well with her.
 
Re: Square watermelons in Japan by canaveralgumby on 19 June 2009 11:55pm
 
That's too bad because it was just a jewelry design! Your jewelry was not in the context of making any statement at all. Ah well.

jtm: a GIANT GROAN at you.
 
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