Soul Food Junkies, Jan 14 on PBS
Coming Mid January, a documentary by filmmaker Byron Hurt who concludes "an addiction to soul food is killing African-Americans at an alarming rate"
Too often I hear about stuff on PBS after it's been on, so here's a heads up with a 2+ week lead time.
I first heard this theory in 1983 while a student at the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute by an instructor. It was pointed out that this failed to address the impact of racist actions against minorities on their over all health. Stress is not good for you, and constant stress can be extremely debilitating. Food, alcohol, and other mood altering substances are a normal release when an individual or group cannot adequately respond to or get relief from stress.
This is also a classic example of blaming bad or inappropriate behavior on the victim, implying they are responsible for their problems, not the oppressor.
People like to eat, it generally improves their attitude. If you are in a reduced economic status, that means a lot of rice, beans, and pork. While there are healthier ways to cook greens and beans, they taste a whole lot better with lard and salt.
This was a one hour block of instruction by a white US Army Master Sergeant on how to recognise and evaluate endemic biases when blaming the victim. The majority of the time was spent concerning females. Dressed like that, she was asking for it.
Here's what I could find. Must have been a different presenter.
My dad was born in Huntsville, AL, in 1918, and we sure had our soul food influences, as well as New York, Caribbean, and more recently California ones. I don't know anybody I would consider a "junkie", but I like the basic idea of the story, and I think I'll watch.
Thanks for the heads up.