“The stereotypical association of Blacks with watermelons remains a common occurrence in the United States,” the museum added. “For example, anti-Blacks jokes often include watermelons with a level of disdain toward African Americans that is reminiscent of the racial hatred common in the early 1900s. Sometimes the jokes are ‘hardened’ by including racial slurs — sometimes “softened” by not using racist epithets.”
Hafley also reportedly used the mannequin months prior to mock the local police chief.
This video was created by LEX18.com, published to YouTube on December 24, 2010.
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