Rather Discusses Watermelon Analogy


By Betsy Rothstein 


On Sunday, HDNET’s Dan Rather appeared on NBC’s Chris Matthews’ show and used a watermelon analogy. Since then he has encountered reactions he never expected.

An excerpt:
“I was talking about Obama and health care and I used the analogy of selling watermelons by the side of the road. It’s an expression that stretches to my boyhood roots in Southeast Texas, when country highways were lined with stands manned by sellers of all races. Now of course watermelons have become a stereotype for African Americans and so my analogy entered a charged environment. I’m sorry people took offense.”

Read Rather’s entire first-person essay here.