Lemony Snicket To Donate To Diversity Org After Racist Obama Joke

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November 21, 2014 12:38 p.m.

After cracking a self-admitted racist joke at the National Book Awards on Wednesday, author Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, has opted to donate to an organization that promotes diversity in literature.

The novelist tweeted his decision on Friday, in a follow up to his personal apology the day before for his joke about black writers and watermelon.

During the awards ceremony, the novelist expressed his surprise that black author Jacqueline Woodson was “allergic to watermelon.”

In video captured by C-SPAN, he went on to say he needed the approval of several black writers and Barack Obama to publish the factoid in a book.

He elaborated his apology in his tweets on Friday:

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