We all know how damn racist food can be. It’s racist to imply black people like food that they like and it’s super-racist for anyone from the Trump administration to eat Mexican food. There is however an even greater scourge threatening the very existence of black people in this country and that is "white people food." Yes, even the thought of eating healthy but racist white people food is enough to have blacks running to Al Sharpton for some justice.
I don’t know why I am still amazed by the crap The Huffington Post puts out, but here’s a headline that made me spit out my morning coffee: "White People Food" Is Creating An Unattainable Picture Of Health
There’s a perception in the black community that eating healthy means eating like white people, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
The article is somehow dumber than the headline:
Tanisha Gordon doesn’t see what white people love so much about cottage cheese. Or salads, especially when they’re topped with fussy ingredients like candied almonds, pickled carrots or Brussels slaw.
Gordon is a 37-year-old employee at an IT company in the Washington, D.C. area, and until recently, her diet was deeply saturated with fast food ― McDonald’s, Taco Bell, you name it. When her doctor diagnosed her last year with pre-diabetes and prescribed her a CPAP machine to help her sleep through the night, she began working with a nutritionist to clean up her diet. But the lifestyle change she sought would require more than cutting out Chicken McNuggets.
As a black woman, Gordon battled the perception that most of today’s healthy food is "white people food."
Battle the perception that healthy food is for white people? Food is food. Stuff with a lot of fat and sugar is less healthy than things with less fat and sugar. Carrots don’t see race.
"A lot of the time, when you go to restaurants now, they have these extravagant salads with all these different ingredients in it, like little walnuts and pickled onions ― like the stuff Panera sells. For me personally, that’s like a white person’s food. A lot of the mainstream stuff that’s advertised comes across as being for white people," said Gordon.
This woman became so fat and unhealthy eating a "black people diet" of fast-food that she’s on the cusp of having diabetes and has to wear an oxygen mask so she doesn’t die in her sleep. And yet, she can’t eat any healthy food because it’s "white people food." Yeah, there’s some racism going on here, but not from white people and certainly not from food.
In reality, what this woman is doing is using racism as an excuse to not get healthy. She’d like to get in shape (not really) but she can’t because all of that healthy stuff that she doesn’t like just happens to be symbols of white supremacy. Isn’t that convenient?
"For a person who needs to re-train their mind and think differently about healthy eating, that’s always gonna be their struggle; getting past, ‘This plate of food is for a white person,’" said Gordon.
And it’s not just this one woman, The HuffPo went out and found a black restaurant owner who agrees:
"You’ve got the dominant culture in the USA being white culture. And that white culture has taken the power to define all things good as white, and all things white as good. So that definition of healthy eating is not an accurate depiction of eating healthy, said black restaurateur Dr. Baruch Ben-Yehudah.
Shit, that guy’s a doctor so he must know what he’s talking about. A doctor of what? I have no idea. Maybe a doctor of black restauranting?
If you are really bored and need a good laugh, read the entire HuffPo piece. It’s very long, but truly hilarious. They roll out a series of "experts" who say eating "white people food" is the white man telling black people how to live so it’s essentially slavery.
I will say this on the subject. That "black people diet" of McDonald’s and Taco Bell may not be as black as these kooks would like to believe. Both of those chains were started by white people and in fact all fast-food restaurants have their beginnings with whitey.
Posted by Brian Anderson on August 30, 2018