Watermelon on black colleague’s desk. 2012!

Anonymous
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.

Comments and Discussion

  • Colormetony

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/rjefferson1229 Richard Jefferson

       Surely you jest……

  • http://twitter.com/aoscruggs Afi Scruggs

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

  • stirredinthepot

    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.

 

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