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'Ghetto Talent Show,' Watermelon Eating Contest Outrages Community
Yahoo ^ | 07/26/2005 | Staff

Posted on 07/26/2005 2:20:54 PM PDT by Imani

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

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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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: anyfriedchicken; ghetto; hotsauce; pc; racist; summercamp; whataboutorangesoda
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This was planned by a black man:

"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."

1 posted on 07/26/2005 2:20:57 PM PDT by Imani
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To: Imani

Why does ghetto necessarily mean black? I know plenty of white people who live in ghettos.


2 posted on 07/26/2005 2:21:46 PM PDT by RushCrush (The mediocre always throw stones at the brilliant.)
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To: Imani

Hey, spittin' watermelon seeds is NOT ethnic!!!!


3 posted on 07/26/2005 2:22:29 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: Imani

I'd like to know where the Bible says that watermelon is good food for Africans!


4 posted on 07/26/2005 2:24:31 PM PDT by Don W (Let's make it as difficult for the lazy here, as it is for the industrious elsewhere.)
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To: Imani

Don't they know the only group it is ok to make fun of is southern whites?


5 posted on 07/26/2005 2:24:36 PM PDT by southernerwithanattitude (new and improved redneck)
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To: bannie
Hey, spittin' watermelon seeds is NOT ethnic!!!!

Whatchu talking about?? It's Dutch.

Dutchboy style.

6 posted on 07/26/2005 2:24:42 PM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: RushCrush

specially since the word came from Venice Italy and described a section of town where Jews were required to live.


7 posted on 07/26/2005 2:25:46 PM PDT by stylin19a (In golf, some are long, I'm "Lama Long")
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To: Imani
Watermelon, back in the days, was a good food for African Americans, according to the Bible

HUH? What book has the writ of the melon? Must be one of those parables that are hard to decipher.

8 posted on 07/26/2005 2:26:45 PM PDT by doodad
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To: Imani
"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.

If he's talking about Numbers 11:5, that's a bit of a stretch.

9 posted on 07/26/2005 2:27:45 PM PDT by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I would like to know what we are talking about.)
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To: Imani

There's a Redneck Games that takes place every year in East Dublin, GA. Where's the Left's outrage over that?


10 posted on 07/26/2005 2:27:47 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Imani
"Watermelon, back in the days, was a good food for African Americans, according to the Bible

I must not be reading this right. Watermelon and African Americans in the Bible????

11 posted on 07/26/2005 2:27:47 PM PDT by boothead
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To: Imani

A stupid idea, no matter the race of the planers or participants. Just plain dumb. Was he going to have a pimp and ho dance too, just to be cool to the youth?


12 posted on 07/26/2005 2:28:15 PM PDT by TheOtherOne (I often sacrifice my spelling on the alter of speed™)
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To: RushCrush; Imani

Speaking as someone who lived in Miami for three years, I can honestly say that the black ghettos down there are the WORST neighborhoods in the US and that includes South Chicago/Anacostia/Newark, etc.


13 posted on 07/26/2005 2:28:51 PM PDT by Clemenza (JJesus CChrist MMade SSeattle UUnder PProtest)
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To: Imani

This reminds me about Dave Chappelle's stand-up as he has a paranoid moment of reflection that perhaps he's genetically predisposed to like chicken. He's a riot!


14 posted on 07/26/2005 2:29:18 PM PDT by Sax
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To: RushCrush
I know plenty of white people who live in ghettos.

In Iowa?

15 posted on 07/26/2005 2:29:29 PM PDT by Clemenza (JJesus CChrist MMade SSeattle UUnder PProtest)
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To: Clemenza
No, not in Iowa.

Why, are you disagreeing with me or just trying to be funny?

16 posted on 07/26/2005 2:30:32 PM PDT by RushCrush (The mediocre always throw stones at the brilliant.)
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To: Don W
I'd like to know where the Bible says that watermelon is good food for Africans!

Must be one of those new and improved versions that come out all the time.

17 posted on 07/26/2005 2:31:29 PM PDT by ET(end tyranny) (Pro 26:13 The sluggard saith: 'There is a pierced in the way; yea, a pierced is in the streets.')
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To: Imani

Of course, to Miami's sizable Jewish community, Ghetto has a whole other connotation.


18 posted on 07/26/2005 2:32:37 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: boothead

Numbers 11:5,
the translation of the Hebrew abattihim, the LXX. and Vulgate pepones, Arabic britikh . Of this plant there are various kinds, the Egyptian melon, the Cucumus chate, which has been called "the queen of cucumbers;" the water melon, the Cucurbita citrullus; and the common or flesh melon, the Cucumus melo. "A traveler in the East who recollects the intense gratitude which a gift of a slice of melon inspired while journeying over the hot and dry plains, will readily comprehend the regret with which the Hebrews in the Arabian desert looked back upon the melons of Egypt" (Kitto).


19 posted on 07/26/2005 2:32:52 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: Imani
I love watermelon..., I can't stand the off season when it has no taste.
20 posted on 07/26/2005 2:34:10 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: RushCrush
;-)

What do folks in Brooklyn call white people who hang in the ghetto?

A: Cops.

21 posted on 07/26/2005 2:34:37 PM PDT by Clemenza (JJesus CChrist MMade SSeattle UUnder PProtest)
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To: Clemenza

Worst neighborhoods? Have you ever been to Pine Ridge, or Wounded Knee South Dakota??? I'd bet not.


22 posted on 07/26/2005 2:37:01 PM PDT by datura (Molon Labe)
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To: Imani
"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.

What if you're really are planning on eating bananas in Jose Marti Park? Is that allowed, if you don't talk about it? And Miami is a banana republic. Officially.

23 posted on 07/26/2005 2:37:13 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: TheOtherOne

It's amazing that anyone thinks they are going to get away with this sort of thing without catching all manner of flak.


25 posted on 07/26/2005 2:38:40 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: scott7278

It actually came from the NEW Version of the KJB of E and it goes like this...

EBONICS 11:1 Sheeeeet mudda f$#%@ How coms da man be alwaz keepin us down? Cuz I acts u diz, " why woods a wattamellin be dizzin us like dat?"


26 posted on 07/26/2005 2:40:14 PM PDT by splint (...another proud member of the sand to glass club!)
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To: Imani

I was asked in college by a very sincere dorm mate, if black people ate watermelon a lot. I don't think I answered the question, probably because I was too busy laughing. Watermelon is actually good for you, esp. the seeds. I don't know about 'African-Americans' in the Bible, Africans yes, black Americans no.


27 posted on 07/26/2005 2:40:39 PM PDT by cyborg (That's Mrs.Petronski to you thank you very much.)
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To: bwteim

Thanks. I needed that.


28 posted on 07/26/2005 2:40:43 PM PDT by boothead
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To: Clemenza

;^)

What is a white man in Compton's lucky number?


A. 911

{now ducking.....}


29 posted on 07/26/2005 2:40:51 PM PDT by BullDog108 ("Conservatives believe in God. Liberals think they are God." ---Ann Coulter)
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To: tallhappy

LOL! I guess my lips are the Dutch part 'cause I can spit 'em!


30 posted on 07/26/2005 2:40:56 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The Bald Knobber Show in Branson is one of the originals in Branson and still a big hit! Is that next on the hit list?


31 posted on 07/26/2005 2:41:15 PM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors. Don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: Imani

It cant be a real ghetto if there isnt a drive by shooting.


32 posted on 07/26/2005 2:41:31 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: scott7278

It actually came from the NEW Version of the KJB of E and it goes like this...

EBONICS 11:1 Sheeeeet mudda f$#%@ How coms da man be alwaz keepin us down? Cuz I acts u diz, " why woods a wattamellin be dizzin us like dat?"


33 posted on 07/26/2005 2:41:32 PM PDT by splint (...another proud member of the sand to glass club!)
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To: Imani

This sounds like something straight out of Chapelle's Show or Mind of Mencia (my new favorite show).


34 posted on 07/26/2005 2:41:43 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Imani

"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."


Then why didn't they use the phrase "Down Home" or "Old Timey" instead of "ghetto?"


35 posted on 07/26/2005 2:41:45 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Clemenza

I would agree if I didn't know about a few indian reservations :( I nominate the projects in Rochdale as some of the worst.


36 posted on 07/26/2005 2:41:47 PM PDT by cyborg (That's Mrs.Petronski to you thank you very much.)
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To: boothead

I know... I was thinking the same thing.

Maybe HIS Bible, but not mine!


37 posted on 07/26/2005 2:42:50 PM PDT by Humidston (No Racial Profiles = Proof liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: Imani
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.

See? It's all in what you call it.

The left...scamming everyone since...oh...FDR.

38 posted on 07/26/2005 2:43:13 PM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: boothead

Maybe he read the Maker's Diet.


39 posted on 07/26/2005 2:43:42 PM PDT by cyborg (That's Mrs.Petronski to you thank you very much.)
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To: Imani

I've always been offended by the sight of a watermelon!
They should remove it from the top of the Capital immediately!


40 posted on 07/26/2005 2:43:50 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: cyborg

The only Rezes I've been too have been the Seminole, Miccousoukee, Shinnecock and Oneida, all of which were not the greatest though nowhere near as scary as NW 79th Street in Miami. I've heard that Pine Ridge is SD is pretty rough though.


41 posted on 07/26/2005 2:44:26 PM PDT by Clemenza (JJesus CChrist MMade SSeattle UUnder PProtest)
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To: cyborg

NYC wins again -- East New York is the worst.


42 posted on 07/26/2005 2:45:26 PM PDT by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Clemenza

I'll take your word for it about NW 79th street! lol


43 posted on 07/26/2005 2:45:43 PM PDT by cyborg (That's Mrs.Petronski to you thank you very much.)
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...
Just damn.

 

Double-barrelled Mega-PING! to both lists! If you want on, FReepmail me!

44 posted on 07/26/2005 2:46:13 PM PDT by mhking (The world needs a wake up call gentlemen...we're gonna phone it in.)
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To: durasell

Having been there, I agree.


45 posted on 07/26/2005 2:46:17 PM PDT by cyborg (That's Mrs.Petronski to you thank you very much.)
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To: Imani

and for his next stunt he'll do the 'Stuntman' routine from
"Kentucky Fried Movie"...


46 posted on 07/26/2005 2:46:38 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your thing.)
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To: Imani

47 posted on 07/26/2005 2:47:27 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: southernerwithanattitude

but this is ok-
Officials ready lynching re-enactment
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1451044/posts


48 posted on 07/26/2005 2:47:58 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your thing.)
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To: dead
"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.

First of all Padre, NOBODY brings bananas to the domino tables in JM park. Its Cafe Cubano and Pastelitos, the latter preferably filled with Guava. Occassionally, one of the Viejitos will bring over some Tostones from the LA Cafe, but those are made from Platanos anyway.

49 posted on 07/26/2005 2:48:14 PM PDT by Clemenza (JJesus CChrist MMade SSeattle UUnder PProtest)
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To: cyborg

New York City always wins in all categories, good or bad.


50 posted on 07/26/2005 2:49:23 PM PDT by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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