Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fruits, explained

Posted on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 4:00 AM

The first time I saw the word “watermelon” used satirically was in a National Review article about a year ago (see “War on watermelons,” Jan. 2). It was used then as a rejoinder to the liberal use of the terms “Uncle Tom,” “Uncle Tomahawk,” “coconut” and “banana” to describe and disparage, respectively, blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans who display a conservative point of view. (Coconuts are brown on the outside, white on the inside, bananas are yellow …) The “watermelon” reference to describe liberal environmentalists who are “green on the outside, red on the inside” seemed a logical, classy and clever retort to the undeniably racist and hurtful terms used earlier in the National Review article, considering it is inspired by ideology rather than skin color.

I thought this would be of interest to Independent readers.

John German

Missoula

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