Black Health: Slave Food – Soul Food or Leftovers
The second installment of the Black Health section focuses on the concept of soul food and how it effects the Black Community.
The 3 Questions
1. Is there something wrong with “our” eating habits?
2. How much do you believe diet has to do with Blacks over all health issues?
3. Why do we feel so connected and attached to our traditional foods i.e. soul food?
One of my favorite shows, the Boondocks, had an episode in which they made fun of a recently relatively successful Black movie entitled “Soul Food.” They playful pointed out that this family got together every Sunday to cook and eat “soul food”and showed the dangerous consequences when they emphasized the death of the grandmother from complications of diabetes. The ultimate irony was exhibited when they accurately depicted the family mourning her death by eating the same thing that gave her diabetes in the first place. All jokes aside our traditional foods were derived from leftovers the slave owners and their family did not eat. In essence we made lemonade out of lemons. Our ingenious mind and will to survive gave us what we now consider our stable foods such as chitlins, collard greens, and fried chicken. However, recently rich and famous Blacks have began to become vegans and have abandon our traditional foods in the name of better health and longer lives. Does soul food contribute to the destruction of the Black Community?
Please write in and respond to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked. These questions and more will be addressed during the discussion found on YouTube beginning on x/xx/20xx.