Dan Rather Explains Obama Watermelon Comment, Charges of Racism
Dan Rather Appearing on Chris Matthews | Obama and Health Care | He Couldn't Sell Watermelons
Former CBC News Anchor and reporter, Dan Rather strongly denies charges of racism and is explaining his Obama watermelon comments on the Huffington Post. Dan Rather was appearing on Chris Matthews on MSNBC and used an analogy comparing President Obama's attempts to sell Health Care to the American people being akin to trying to sell watermelons on the road side.
Dan Rather Explains Obama Watermelon Comment
Dan Rather says in his column that he was slammed by racists for his coverage of the Civil Rights Movement, the he grew up in Texas on the African-American side of the tracks. As for the specific Obama Watermelon Comment, Rather says this:
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.
Dan Rather goes on to say that in the age of Twitter, Blogs and always on communication his comments have gone viral devoid of context, fueling a quick to pounce and judge behavior that can be delivered in 140 characters.
What saddens me is what this experience has made all too clear. Much of what we call news, isn't. Much of what we Tweet, or post, or chat away at under the guise of news, are distractions.
Dan Rather instead says the news that people should be paying attention to is the type of stuff that he is producing for Dan Rather Reports, like stories on the plight of Afghan women.