Forced to Support a System You Don’t Believe in


This video is a piece of slam poetry telling the story of a young black boy affected by racial inequality and the corrupt food system. I found this piece very relevant to our reading of Why food belongs in our discussion of race. This poet provides a powerful account of how the food industry is tainted by so many unethical practices, but people, especially minorities, do not have other options. He talks about how the protagonist, James, does not know that he is participating in such an unjust system by biting into his food; all he knows is that he is hungry. This piece effectively captures the ironies of being bound to a food system that you don’t support.

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