Watermelon on black colleague’s desk. 2012!

Eugene, OR

This was done as a practical joke. The most frequent question I have heard is not about why someone would do this, but how on earth someone could think this was funny.

My generation is in their thirties, and living on the West Coast I have sometimes needed to explain the history and gravity of the watermelon.

I live in a city often labeled as liberal and progressive, yet this city is in the same state as the whitest big city, Portland. As a woman of color, this incident and following response has shaken my confidence in this town and this state, as well as my feeling of safety at work and has sent me in search of employment in more multicultural locations.

Keep the conversation going - comment and discuss with your thoughts

4 Responses to "Watermelon on black colleague’s desk. 2012!"
  1. Colormetony says:

    You should have said, thank you to whoever gave me this delicious fruit created by the Most High. What a nice thing to do and went about your business.

  2. Afi Scruggs says:

    No, you did the right thing. That’s not funny at all.

  3. stirredinthepot says:

    I once brought Wally Amos a watermelon because he had them painted on the side of his truck and i figured that he liked them.  I was correct and he was thankful.  No racism involved, just some good fruit and a new friend.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Tweets by Michele Norris