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The Last Great Bastion of Racism


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The Last Great Bastion of Racism

Steve | May 14, 2014 02:41 PM

Food Journalism: the last great whites-only club. Are there any negro food writers? Are African or Jamaican restaurants touted with gusto? If you are a racist but don't want to join the KKK, is becoming a foodie the next best thing? Are trendy white - or soon to be white- neighborhoods safer to write about? Are African-American chefs allowed in the kitchen?

Sure, there is Carla Hall... and maybe the Neelys. Are they our Denzel Washington? Good enough for a starring role evey once in a while as long as the character is not actually black. Or do our black chefs need a white saviour in order to be accepted by a white, I mean foodie, audience?

Are we enjoying the cooking of Viola Davis while Emma Stone works the hostess stand?

If they clandestinely banned black people at your favorite restaurant, when would you realize? If they refused to hire black hosts or hostesses, would you know? Or would your first inkling be on the 5 o'clock news?

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