Disclaimer: I am not trolling, I am an autistic person who doesn’t understand so many social nuances. Also I am from New Hampshire (97% white), so I just don’t have any close African-American friends that I am willing to risk asking such a loaded question.

  • BorgDrone@lemmy.one
    link
    fedilink
    arrow-up
    4
    arrow-down
    3
    ·
    1 month ago

    They would take some elements of black culture, like (…) saying they love fried chicken and watermelon

    How did this become a stereotype? Doesn’t everyone love fried chicken and watermelon regardless of skin color? They are both delicious.

    • HobbitFoot @thelemmy.club
      link
      fedilink
      English
      arrow-up
      10
      ·
      1 month ago

      How did this become a stereotype?

      It became associated with black people as the food was relatively cheap and therefore commonly eaten by black people. Then it became integrated to comedic shows of people doing blackface as a way to deride black people.

      Doesn’t everyone love fried chicken and watermelon regardless of skin color? They are both delicious.

      Everyone loves fried chicken and watermelon. The problem isn’t the food, but cultural stigma attached to it in certain cases.

    • PM_Your_Nudes_Please@lemmy.world
      link
      fedilink
      arrow-up
      4
      ·
      1 month ago

      It became associated with black culture because black people tended to have larger backyard gatherings, which means feeding a lot of people. They are also historically marginalized, and had lower incomes as a result. So not only were they feeding more people when they had parties; They were doing it for cheaper. Watermelon is a cheap and easy way to feed a dozen people, and fried chicken is cheaper than other forms of protein like steaks. Yes, both are delicious, but the stereotype happened because it was both cheap and could be served in large quantities for larger backyard parties.

      • BorgDrone@lemmy.one
        link
        fedilink
        arrow-up
        1
        ·
        30 days ago

        So basically it became a stereotype because black people knew how to have a good time and throw a party with lots of guests and delicious food?