How Watermelon’s Reputation Got Tangled In Racism

Imagery has the power to turn a seemingly innocent depiction of fruit into the stereotyping of an entire group of people. LIFEThis 1937 Life Magazine cover depicts a black watermelon farmer. The cover of the Aug. 9, 1937 issue of Life Magazine is all about watermelons. On it, several watermelons are wedged into various spots…