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Watermelon Stereotype

African Americans And The Watermelon Stereotype

Theodore Johnson | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Theodore Johnson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt's true -- I'm a black man with a watermelon for a birthmark. In many countries and cultures around the world, this would be unremarkable. But in the United States, where watermelon is associated with historic African-American stereotypes, my birthmark takes on a more complex symbolism.