Friday, July 29, 2005

Summertime And The Livin' Is Ghetto

From this morning's WSJ Tony and Tacky column:

GHETTO BLASTERS: When adults try to be hip and reach out to today's youth, they often miss the mark. That's what happened after Miami authorities announced a "Ghetto Style Talent Show" and a watermelon-eating contest as part of a summer-camp picnic today for city children. After critics complained about stereotyping, Parks Director Ernest Burkeen (ed note: who is black) apologized Monday and the talent-show name was changed to "Funky." Although the watermelon-eating contest was not canceled, Florida International University professor and race-relations expert Marvin Dunn called it an "insult to black history and black pride." In fact, he told Tuesday's Miami Herald: "If I eat a piece of watermelon, I do it inside."

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