From The Root comes this interesting story about the health benefits of dark-colored food:
Black food is in. And we’re not talking about your grandmother’s fried chicken or Aunt Sadie’s peach cobbler. Instead, it seems that with food, the darker it is, the better it is for you.
Wait…what? Aside from the really awful “darker the berry, sweeter the juice” jokes that this begs, could that intro have been any more blatantly racist?
I guess since it’s written by a supposedly black author at a black website, it’s okay. Right? …not really.
Number One, fried chicken and peach cobbler are no more “black” foods than cornbread and catfish. Those foods are Southern foods, traditional Southern cuisine. Not “black” cuisine. Both blacks and whites in the South eat foods like grits, barbecue, sweet potato pie, okra, field peas and collard greens. Always have, always will. What a ridiculous idea that certain foods are “blacker” than others. Which leads me to…
Number Two, the insinuation that black folks only eat fried chicken or peach cobbler is offensive. Why not just throw watermelon and pink lemonade into the mix and further stereotype yourself? Even better, we can go back to old-timey advertisements like this:
Or some classic old Cream of Wheat ads:
While the rest of the article was interesting, that intro almost completely turned me off from reading it. Nothing like setting a group of people back fifty years or so. Well done, The Root.