…used to be a feminist issue. Now the BBC has found another reason for it – slavery.
Wouldn’t ya know it – when those darned Yanks are not bombing innocent kite flying Ba’athist secret police, their slaving past is apparently making people fat:
“Back in the 1850s more than 100 slaves worked the cotton fields on the 1,250-acre Rosswood farm, one of many such plantations along the Mississippi Delta.
Then the working day was long and arduous, the food basic but filling – gumbos, or stews thickened with okra, cornbread, beans and fish from the Mississippi.
Dr McCune’s grandfather was born into slavery. His father saw mechanisation make redundant the harsh old jobs in the cotton fields.
But the doctor says the dietary legacy of those times persists.
We want our schools and our communities to buy into the idea that we must change our environment, but that will not happen overnight.
“The taste of the individuals in this area comes from their experiences during slavery, the food that is eaten is of poor quality and rich in calories.
“The food that is eaten is highly satisfying, highly filling but the food… that they eat in general is not balanced.”
Something is slightly odd in this article – if the diet was “gumbos, or stews thickened with okra, cornbread, beans and fish” (sounds like healthy unprocessed food) 150 years ago, and the diet now is Burger King (implied by photo) and “mud pie, … cajun fried pecans, sweet potato crunch, … fried shrimp and catfish” (which does not sound like oppressed slave food – with the exception of the catfish), what gives?
Is this just another case of a Beeboid finding an expert who will tell him what he wants to hear? Denying the agency of black people and painting them as mere objects of historical processes (which this article comes close to) can be racist too.
A commenter pointed out this Spiked article by Ben-Ami – a more helpful discussion of the issue.
The BBC meme du jour appears to be fat America (I note the trans-Atlantic lardarses appear not to have made it as far as Mississippi).
Update I clicked “Publish” too soon – our travelling friends are now US teenagers!