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Tue Jul 26, 5:49 PM ET

Miami city leaders are apologizing for a news release that invited summer campers to a ''Ghetto Style Talent Show'' and ''Watermelon Eating Contest.''

The release said that children participating in the summer camp who "know the meaning of ghetto style" would have a chance to "prove just how ghetto they are.''

Members of the black community expressed outrage at the wording of the invitation to the talent show. The show will be part of the grand finale picnic for the city's summer camp program to be held Friday at Hadley Park.

After being criticized by residents of the nearby Model City neighborhood and community leaders, Miami Parks Director Ernest Burkeen, who is black, released a formal apology and announced the renaming of the talent show.

The show will now be called the "Funky Talent Show," according to Burkeen's written statement. The watermelon contest will still be part of the event.

Even though the name has been changed, Burkeen did still continue to defend the choice of the name for the show.

"The word 'ghetto' was used to imply a down home show, not something offensive, but embracing the culture of today's youth and their language," he said.

Church and community leaders said that changing the name isn't enough -- the damage has already been done.

"It's almost equivalent to saying, 'We're having bananas at Jose Marti Park' and referring to Miami as a 'Banana Republic,'" the Rev. Richard Dunn said.

Other critics said that the watermelon eating contest is a painful reminder of racially insensitive stereotypes.

"Watermelon, back in the days, was a good food for African Americans, according to the Bible, but at the same time, it had an attachment with slavery and bondage ties," the Rev. Carl Johnson said.

Some members of the community had a different perspective and said that critics were missing the point.

Michael Hardaway said, "They have to understand that the young generation has a whole different style than they do ? At a ghetto-style talent show the kids are getting together to show their talent."

Other community activists said changing the name of the contest is just the start of what needs to happen.

Dunn suggested that instead of buying hundreds of watermelons for the contest, the money could be spent on school supplies and backpacks for kids who need them.

Andre Williams said, "No more watermelons --- and as Reverend Dunn says, we need to give books and school supplies to our children."

City officials said Tuesday that the contest is popular and it will not be canceled. The picnic will go on Friday as planned and will include up to 3,000 children from across the city.

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wtf yo

of course black people like watermelon.

i mean, who doesn't?


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Watermellon's rock. Smash them with a sledge hammer and they go EVERYWHERE.


What's this got to do with the post-9/11 era though?


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Um maybe he thought terrorists were hiding in the watermellons? No clue, but it is moving to C & S.

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This is the condition of civil rights activists in the 21st century; complaining about watermelons and talent shows. That alone shows the progress this country has made.

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I thought from the title of this thread that the word "ghetto" would be the offensive bit, not the watermelons, that's crazy.

People are just getting more and sensitive. And we're supposed to every new sensitivity that comes along? Why should we be held accountable for their craziness? There's a girl in Big Brother over here who find burping offensive, should we ban burping because this one girls is offended? Of course not!


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ghetto is a jewish word anyway

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schmigg here in the U.S. assuming blacks like watermelon is a stereotype, which makes it offensive to some people.

When I was in High School we had a family reunion and invited our friends to join us for dinner. We had watermelon, BBQ ribs, fried chicken and all kinds of sides. One of our friends, a black guy named Rob, looked at the assortment and said "Ha Ha, very funny mother f***ers, what're you tryin to say?" Of coarse his tone was not serious and it was all taken in good fun.
Personally I love BBQ ribs, fried chicken and watermelon. I guess that makes me black!


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Blacks liking watermelons is a stereotype? I didn't know that. Now I have heard it all.

Hey Dekka, when was the last time you had watermelon?

M.


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post #10  quote:

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ghetto is a jewish word anyway


Not quite:

Italian, after Ghetto, island near Venice where Jews were made to live in the 16th century.

Ghetto is an Italian word for an island where the Italians stuck the Jews.

Maybe we should talk about the mafia now?


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Ah!

no, we can't talk about the mafia. We might offend the Italians.


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Why don't we talk about the Swedes then, so I can really get pissed!?

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Blacks liking watermelons is a stereotype? I didn't know that. Now I have heard it all.

Yeah, while watermelons are great and all, it is one of the more common foods attached to a black stereotype.


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Sorry but that's stupid, it's like Italians getting upset over a Pasta Eating Competition at a Italia Day or something.

But's it even stupider because at least Italians are generally connected to pasta, I have never heard of watermelon being a sterotypical fruit to any group before.

I don't assume blacks like watermelon, I assume EVERYONE likes watermelon. Is that sterotypical?


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How can you assume everyone likes watermelons? You are stereotyping the human race Schmiggens. Shame on you.

M.


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post #16  quote:

Black folks are purported to be rather fond of

  • watermelon
  • BBQ anything
  • fried chicken
  • sweet tea
  • fruit punch/kool-aid
  • cornbread


I think the watermelon one might be a bit outdated, but the funny thing is, the stereotypes are more or less true



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and white people put mayonaise on everything

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Mr. F doesn't like watermellons, and he doesn't put mayo on everything. I, on the other hand, love watermellon and hate mayo.

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Black folks are purported to be rather fond of

  • watermelon
  • BBQ anything
  • fried chicken
  • sweet tea
  • fruit punch/kool-aid
  • cornbread


I think the watermelon one might be a bit outdated, but the funny thing is, the stereotypes are more or less true



BBQ and fried chicken I knew about but not the rest.

And I love sweet cornbread too. Does that make me black?

M.


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and white people put mayonaise on everything


I think white people are also supposed to be retarded.

M.


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I read the list too. I like
watermelon

fried chicken

sweet tea

fruit punch/kool-aid

cornbread


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You are black too sistah!!!

M.


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I've heard of cornbread before, but only through The Green Mile, it's made by a white family as a gift for a black man. Surely you can't say that Hollywood is racist?

I've never had it though, does it taste like corn?


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post #24  quote:

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Black folks are purported to be rather fond of

  • watermelon
  • BBQ anything
  • fried chicken
  • sweet tea
  • fruit punch/kool-aid
  • cornbread


I think the watermelon one might be a bit outdated, but the funny thing is, the stereotypes are more or less true



You left off macaroni and cheese???
Not the Kraft crap, but the realllll stuff....

You also left off chitlins, pig's feet, hamhocks and greens, and ox tails....

And also, there are those who will walk down the street eatin all of this stuff and they are called "country."


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I've heard of cornbread before, but only through The Green Mile, it's made by a white family as a gift for a black man. Surely you can't say that Hollywood is racist?

I've never had it though, does it taste like corn?


Sweet cornbread is delicious. It doesn't taste like corn but it tears apart much easier than wheat or flour bread so it is harder to keep it intact after you take a piece and there are more crumbs.

But it is so good!

M.


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and white people put mayonaise on everything


I only like mayo on one side of the sandwich, I prefer mustard on the other side


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post #27  quote:

well it looks like I'm whiter than all of you.

I put mayo on...


  • fried chicken
  • both sides of the sandwich
  • hamburgers
  • french fries
  • ......sometimes on my cereal


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I only like mayo on one side of the sandwich, I prefer mustard on the other side


And if you are making a three layer sandwich, ketchup on the two outer sides then mayonnaise and mustard on the two inner sides.

M.


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well it looks like I'm whiter than all of you.

I put mayo on...


  • fried chicken
  • both sides of the sandwich
  • hamburgers
  • french fries
  • ......sometimes on my cereal


You white b******, take your mayo and stick it up your a**.

M.


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BOYS! No cursing.

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