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Eating While Black: Food Shaming and Race in America

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by Psyche A. Williams-Forson
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Eating While Black makes a unique and passionate case for fighting anti-Black racism through the lens of food. Psyche Williams-Forson has written an emotional book about health of all kinds for all Americans and is one of the most highly respected thinkers about race and food of our era. She shows how mass media, nutrition science, economics, and public policy drive entrenched opinions among both Black and non-Black Americans about what is healthful and right to eat.

Distorted views of how and what Black people eat are pervasive, bolstering the belief that they must be corrected and regulated. What is at stake is nothing less than whether Americans can learn to embrace nonracist understandings and practices in relation to food. Starkly exposing the rampant shaming and policing around how Black people eat, Williams-Forson contemplates food's role in cultural transmission, belonging, homemaking, and survival. This will be a book for activists, chefs, home cooks, and influencers who have already started a viral #Eatingwhileblack hashtag concerned with food rights, state surveillance, human rights to food, food deserts and racial stereotypes behind the foods we eat.

Eating While Black relates directly to the major themes raised in Netflix's hit series, High on the Hog. Many Black Americans will relate to how Eating While Black identifies key equity issues-but the book aims to open the eyes of all Americans, including those in nutrition and medical professions, to the need to embrace non-racist understandings and practices in relation to food.

Unearthing places of real power, agency, and resilience, Psyche A. Williams-Forson spares no one in her demand that we understand the complex history of Black foodways. Eating While Black has a message for us all: when we fail to address the reality that this food system, by design, has been and is a failure, we prevent ourselves from doing what needs to be done for the health and well-being of us all."-Monica M. White, author of Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement (11/10/2021)

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