Monday, February 4, 2013 12:00:19 PM
Watermelons are indiginous to Africa and were introduced to the Americas in the 17th century. They were originally grown mainly in the southern states (where most slaves were) and were one of the few foods that slaves would have been familiar with.
Saturday, February 2, 2013 9:13:59 PM
MacGuffin you should update your IAB profile to indicate that you are self-proclaimed Eurotrash and that you have not been anywhere in the world other than your own backyard.
It will help others in the future understsand you are a wind-bag.
Saturday, February 2, 2013 6:45:44 AM
Being Eurotrash, I only just about got the reference in this item. Am I right in thinking this is a stereotype thing? That Blacks are stereotypically seen as having a penchant for fried chicken?
I was just as bemused when someone made a reference to something involving Obama and watermelons one time: I'd no idea until a Septic friend explained to me that you guys have an unflattering stereotype of black people eating watermelon.
It`s amazing how some slights and humour are context-specific. Like Brits have stereotypical jokes about the Irish being stupid, the Scots being miserly and the Welsh being sheep shaggers. I doubt any of these would make sense to non-Brits, even if they were understood to be insults.