Everything important and memorable in my life has revolved around food. It’s been my enemy, friend, and salvation. From being allergic to almost everything as a baby to becoming a “raccoon foodie” who eats anything as an adult, it’s a classic love-hate relationship. The personal has also been political. If you, insult my food, you insult me, my family, and and culture. If you’ve ever witnessed the tension that arises in a debate among Southerners over which barbecue style is superior, then you get the picture. Guns or Twitter: Pick your weapon.
In their habits they are most depraved and vicious, they are also gross gluttons; everything that runs, walks, creeps, flies, or swims, in fact, everything that will supply the place of food, whether of the sea, or the land, and articles most disgusting to other people, are by them greedily devoured.
–Edmund Roberts, American diplomat, 1832, on the Chinese people.
Anthropology professor Daryl White hopes to introduce Spelman College’s first minor in food studies.
What are your thoughts and experiences around the intersection of race/ethnicity, food and “politics”?