Spoons and Photos from the Andrew Kwiat Collection

Editorial and Composition by Wayne Bednersh

Caution - -This page contains NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES of black people. If this would offend you in any way - -click here to return to the exhibits page.

These spoons are all embossed
black spoon watermelons

The origin of the stereotype of black people eating watermelons has been lost. Some people say that watermelon was first grown in Africa and then imported to the USA along with the slaves. Others say that the watermelon provided a clean source of water for the slaves when they were working in the hot fields. In any event, watermelon became associated with America's black slaves--and ultimately became a stereotype, most offensively as a wonderfully happy black boy in ragged clothes and straw hat eating a slice of watermelon.

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