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I only learned about this today. At first, I thought it was a joke, because how on earth can a fruit be racist? For context: I'm german, we have a lot of problems with racism these days here, but I never heard about that watermelon thing.
I did some research and basically black people have been mocked as being totally obsessed with eating watermelons since those disgusting minstrel shows the US had decades ago. So a watermelon is used by racist as a symbol saying "these are stupid, primitive, animal like people". Apparantly, to this day blacks can't simply eat a watermelon without at least getting some remarks. Kinda comparable to bananas - which are sometimes used to symbolize "these guys are monkeys, not people". It's disgusting, really.
(If I got something wrong, please feel free to correct me!)