OPINION: July is National Watermelon Month. I dedicate this to one of God’s greatest creations.
First of all, let me just say I had no idea there was such thing as National Watermelon Month. I found out recently when one of my friends told me—as she was explaining to me that there are actual Black people who say they will never eat watermelon in front of white people because they are ashamed to do so.
Imagine my shock. How can you let someone make you feel shame for eating something so delicious and nutritious?
Now, I am fully aware of the stigma and the stereotype that is attached to Black people and watermelon. It was my mother who informed me that the stereotype and stigma were entirely manufactured by white people who were both threatened and envious of the success Black farmers were having with watermelon.
Yes, it’s absolutely true. As .
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