The watermelon imagery doubtless goes back into at least the early 19th century, in connection with the southern rural reality in which most black Americans lived. Whites put this mocking imagery into the white racial frame of that era. Articles on racism and popular culture, have commented on how old and pervasive this “watermeloning” of black Americans has been in white popular culture.
Imagine how surprised I was when walking around beautiful Boomerang Beach when the image below caught my eye. And it was quite a catch, through the bush, through a window and hanging on the wall facing the tiny road I walked along. There is a lot of this stuff online as you can see above from a quick google search. Both new and old.
Why the hell is this still going on?