Join us for a discussion on how race and racism play out in our food system. We'll be at the Humanist Hub from 5-8pm on April 3oth. Find out more and RSVP here.
Recently I read Mychal Denzel Smith's Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education. He starts the book recalling the killing of Trayvon Martin:
The only weapons found on Trayvon’s body were the can of Arizona Iced Tea and a bag of Skittles he had just purchased from the local 7-Eleven, but it was Zimmerman, with a gun on his hip, they believed had cause to fear for his life. For those people, Trayvon was everything they ever believed black men to be.
For the rest of us, Trayvon Martin became another of our martyrs. His name became a rallying cry, his Skittles, a reminder of lost innocent, his hoodie a symbol of resistance, his family a living memory of what American racism steals from us.
On March 12 our conversation wove its way around the theme of “inherent racism in the food system”. Of course, systemic racism, by nature, shows up everywhere, from schools to agricultural fields to the Senate, and the notes from our conversation reflect that. Here is a brief summary of that conversation, complete with resources and recommendations for further reading. A big thank you to everyone for showing up and diving in.
In case you feel glum after reading this post, here is a recipe for those Iglis (steamed Indian rice balls) we were talking about:
Join us for a discussion on how immigration and xenophobia play out in our food system. We'll be at the Humanist Hub from 5-8pm on March 12th. Find out more and RSVP here.
There's no question we're living in a time of tremendous xenophobia. The election and presidency of Donald Trump stoked the embers of bigotry while proposing a slew of anti-immigrant policies from the refugee ban to the border wall. Unfortunately regardless of their practically or legality, I suspect these policies are just the start to the administration's anti-immigrant agenda.
Backward immigration policies and xenophobia has been endemic to our American food system since Africans were brought over as slaves. I would argue our food system is racist and there is no stronger proof than the way we treat the mostly Latinx workers that grow, process, and prepare the food we eat. For this potluck I want to focus on four topics.