- Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
- Time: 5:30-7pm
- Location: Your device! (Zoom info will be sent out after you register)
- Price: FREE! Open to all, with volunteers prioritized
Our volunteers asked for continued learning opportunities on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and we heard you! Learn about ways that food intersects with race, colonialism, and diet culture.
Food has always been a fundamental tool in the process of colonization. The legacies of past and ongoing colonialism are present in the way that we talk about food today. Diet culture – the ideology that inundates us with messages about what makes us healthy, happy, beautiful, and good – is filled with puritanical and religious messaging around food.
White supremacy and Christianity set the norms for what was considered “morally right” and “appropriate.” Black and Indigenous bodies were seen as “wild” and “untamed,” and colonizers tried to stamp it out in many ways, including slavery, physical violence, and controlling food.
Colonialism and capitalism intersect to place blame on people for not being able to afford certain foods without addressing the systems that keep them inaccessible. All cultures had and have an array of nourishing foods, but through colonization, many peoples’ ancestral foods were wiped off the land and out of ancestral memory. Because of colonialism, traditional foods outside of white Western culture are not respected as healthy or appropriate options, and are often still ridiculed today.
In this continued learning event, we’ll focus on:
- The history of food used as a tool of colonial control
- Intersections of anti-blackness and fatphobia
- Where this shows up in diet culture today
Please join us as we dive deep into these discussions and work to envision a food system that honors all of us! Free and open to all.
This event will have a limit of 50 attendees, and past Solid Ground volunteers will be prioritized.
Solid Ground follows Public Health recommendations, including social distancing, so this will be a live virtual event via Zoom. Register for the event for Zoom details.