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”Fox and Friends” summoned a racist stereotype on Sunday during a segment about inexpensive Halloween costumes for kids.

It all started with hosts parading around children in homemade outfits, including a robot, a rainbow, and a pineapple.

Then, a black child, according to reporting from AOL, was trotted out dressed as a watermelon.

“Now we’re going to have some organic fruit,” said one of the adults. “Lucas is our watermelon!”

The stereotype linking black people with watermelons dates back to the end of slavery in the United States. According to The Atlantic’s William Black, free blacks grew, ate and sold watermelons, and in doing so made the fruit a symbol of their freedom:

Southern whites, threatened by blacks’ newfound freedom, responded by making the fruit a symbol of black people’s perceived uncleanliness, laziness, childishness, and unwanted public presence. This racist trope then exploded in American popular culture, becoming so pervasive that its historical origin became obscure.

Needless to say, social media blew up with viewers criticizing “Fox and Friends” for Lucas’ costume choice, with one person tweeting, “Overt racism, foolish racism, or tone-deaf racism?’ Take your pick, it’s still racism.”

Another Twitter user wrote, “No, they don’t get the benefit of the doubt.”

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40 thoughts on “‘Fox And Friends’ Dresses Black Child As Watermelon For Halloween

  1. Those people are going to continue to do these types of things. Yes “those” just in case your trolling. It’s to bad it’s against the law to eradicate people but that’s the only reason some are still alive because of the damn law. KYT!!!

  2. Passing Through on said:

    I know racist used the whole “watermelon fried chicken” stereotype as a racial epithet but personally I don’t get it? I love fried chicken and watermelon, who doesn’t. I’ve never been ashamed to say I love both. The whole history of the watermelon joke is really stupid, it’s a healthy fruit. We need more watermelon and less McDonalds.

    • African American Woman on said:

      You know what’s so utterly stupid about this whole thing? We have no problem taking the ugliest word, the N word, and using it to address one another which sickens me, by the way…but we’ll hold on to some dumb caricature nonsense from decades ago…People, if we don’t give something the power to hurt us, it can’t hurt us! Now, somebody, pass me some watermelon…

  3. I appreciate the history lesson from However, on an unrelated note, the child doesn’t look Black to me, so the racism is questionable. If I only read the story without seeing the video maybe I would have been suspicious. In the context of the video, the watermelon was presented along with other “organic” fruit and the colors are very nice for a costume. Watermelon does have its merits (along with pineapples and strawberries, etc.), and it’s not a forbidden fruit. Watermelon shouldn’t be a “buzz word” for racism.

  4. Passing Through on said:

    @Fake black dr. larry

    No dumb ass the Flint water crises was a local issue that happened under the leadership of Governor Rick Snyder RepupliKKKan on your f**king messiah’s watch, but like racist who have no argument “Blame Obama.” And no bytch! There are no lap dogs in here because ain’t nobody fetching you’re your bulls**t black on black crime, Obama phone, racist black stereotype stick that you’re throwing.

  5. Knowledge on said:

    Lls you can’t do nothing but laugh. These white ppl are funny but we are the clowns. What we going to do, let me guess gather up and protest and sing a song. We are wack

  6. Lone Wolf on said:

    Good Lord people!!! That is not a Black child in the watermelon costume. So now Black American Web is promoting fake news to promote the narrative that racism is in everything, and you folks believe it. Being clearly brainwashed by these Uncle Toms, managing you Democrat slaves, I guess you do see racism in everything from cotton plants center pieces to Hispanic kids wearing watermelon costumes. LMAO Baaaaaaaa!!!

  7. Passing Through on said:

    @Fake Dr. Larry

    And what the f**k are you? Using the distraction of Black on Black Crime while systemic white on black crime far out number all “so called ” Black on Black crime combined. Rublikkkans are trying to take healthcare away from 20-40 million people and poising the water in Flint. How many people will die without health insurance, children included? Or undoing environmental regulations that will help protect people from breathing toxins that cause cancer? Where are your stats for that. The real distraction is 45 worrying about non political shit like the NFL and building an imaginary wall and your dumb ass pretending to be black while trying to mislead black people with your conservative bulls**t.

    • Dr. Larry on said:

      You’re right, that “so called” black on black crime isn’t real. Keep on ding what you’re doing. It’s working so well for you

      • Passing Through! on said:

        Right, while you keep pretending to be black avoiding real issues like your party destroying healthcare & our government on the verge of a nuclear war by using your black on black crime 101 talking point propaganda bullshit. All of you racist & white washed negros love pointing out black on black crime the weakest f**king argument of all time.

    • Dr. Larry on said:

      Let us not forget, Flint water crisis happened on your Messiah’s watch. And he did nothing to resolve it. But hey, you got free Obama phones so his distraction apparently works. Go fetch girl, go get it

  8. Dr. Larry on said:

    The child in question is clearly Hispanic. The usual plantation pets chase the stick into the woods. L, D, Passing Thru, The Truth….. same old lap dogs eating up the distractions the Master feeds you. Meanwhile, 42 African American men have died at the hands of other blacks in the last 24 hours

    • ISRAELITE on said:

      And 6 times as many cowardly caucasins has murdered one another in the past 24 hours, for that is the unreported stat for white on white ccrime, you racist nazi! Yeah, thats right smart guy. Step up and be a man for once in your pathetic life. You will learn that evil white devils like yourself, kill each other at a rate of six times that of black people.

      • Dr. Larry on said:

        Name me a city in this country where white on white homicides outnumber black on black. I see you have internalized the democratic talking points, call anyone who has a different viewpoint, a racist Nazi. 6th grade mentality, nice work.

    • ISRAELITE on said:

      And 6 times as many cowardly caucasins has murdered one another in the past 24 hours, for that is the unreported stat for white on white crime, you racist nazi! Yeah, thats right smart guy. Step up and be a man for once in your pathetic life. Do your own research and stop relying on the racist white media for facts. You will learn that evil white devils like yourself, kill each other at a rate of six times that of black people. In fact, you will learn that everything about the history and current events of white and Black America,is a lie, promoted by White Supremacist! But certainly you know that already…you cant help yourself, for it is the evil nature of satan and the white man to call good evil and evil, good. You are a twisted people and a strong stinch to the nostrils of Yahweh!

    • African American Woman on said:

      Nope, not all black people…most black folks I know, including myself, are more focused on looking for better and not lucrative ways to run our businesses, build and retain wealth, raise excellent families and better our communities. Racism, bigotry, fear and all other negative ism’s are just a backdrop in the scheme of life…it’s our fault if we keep making the feelings and biases of others the main act in our lives…so, you keep wasting your tine looking for racism, because you will find it; and keep your victim train rolling strong!

  9. Dr. Larry on said:

    We need to stop being such snowflakes. What about the white kid dressed as a rainbow? Don’t hear them crying foul over LGBTQ undertones. The Democrats want us to keep chasing the bone they toss. The usual suspect (looking at you L) are only too happy to run off after the bone

    • Passing Through on said:

      Democrats want us to keep chasing the bone they toss
      So are you pretending to be black? Trying to convince us that the Republikkkans are better?…GTFOH

    • We don’t have to look for racism everywhere. It is everywhere. Blks aren’t the ones doing these asinine things. We also have a racist bigot in the wh.

      • African American Woman on said:

        This is just plain stupid…there are just SO many other real issues to focus on than a costume. Know the saying “pick your battles?”…this is one instance where picking your battles is relevant…stick to the real and pervasive racism, hatred and bigotry…Taking a boy that cried wolf approach to every slight-real or imagined-is going to render any legitimate concerns irrelevant because we scream and cry about every LITTLE “insult.” We tell our kids that life ain’t fair and then we forget that when we grow up.

    • Tim Green on said:

      You need to reiterate that about 15x’s, people can find racism in damn near anything is you look hard enough, we really need to stop whining about stupid shit & then act surprised when real racism occurs and the response from other communities is a shrug

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