Racial segregation and oppression in our food systems continues: Can you see them?
As a recent Eater article states – “U.S. agriculture today appears to be just as segregated as it was a century ago, with farmers of color at a significant disadvantage.”
This should not be a surprise, given the legacy and continued existence of systemic and institutional inequities (see for example, this short video giving a localized example of what has happened in Detroit as presented by Malik Yakini).
What is true on land is also true on the waters. Our Challenge Discussion Guide highlights, for example, an account of the gradual dispossession of access to coastal fisheries [long form article] in Georgia for African American fishermen. While there are many efforts working to prioritize inclusion, equity and food sovereignty, there is still clearly much to be done. We cannot underestimate the importance of understanding and learning from the past so that we do not perpetuate and repeat it.
As you reflect on the Eater article above, and on the two articles from the pre-work before the Challenge started (“Backgrounder: Dismantling Racism in the Food System” and “Why We Can’t Separate Justice and Sustainability in the Food System”) what strikes or surprises you the most? What feelings or sensations does this provoke? Please feel free to respond in text, in image, in movement (feel free to use #FSNEEquityChallenge on social media).
What did you learn from reading these articles? What would you like to share with others? What other racialized aspects of food system history would you lift up that are not addressed in these readings?
What reactions do you get if/when you talk to other people in your life about these topics? How did you respond to those reactions?