Feedback on recent CHOW feature stories
[Note: This was split from a thread discussing recent changes in site policy, because it focuses on CHOW editorial content -- The Chowhound Team]
ETA: Thanks CH team. But just in case you didn't make it perfectly clear. I didn't actually start this thread myself and to be honest with you I'm not too crazy about what happened here. But like I said before: This place is something else.
I think TPTB told JB to stir things up here. I can't think of any other
reason why he would have started threads about Anthony Bourdain scaring kids/and the Gay thing along with Ferguson thread. Don't know if they are trying bring new posters in on a google search on these subjects or what. But I think that might be it.
I just read that Ferguson one for the second time and think it's just awful. First of all, how does supporting a Black-owned business reduce the risk of white cops shooting Black youth? Also, his 'piece' smacked of some kind of racism to me. Like 'ooh, look at me, eating at a Black restaurant.' I flagged it but, of course, THOSE aren't going anywhere.
re: c oliver
I didn't see the Ferguson one. The fact is every day Cops start their tour with the possibility of having to make life and death decisions in a split second that most people would agonize over for days or even weeks. I find it amazing that under such circumstances 95% of the time their decisions are both legally & morally sound. I can think of many ways to bring that % even closer to 100%, but it does not involve the actions of the police and certainly not where people eat.
John Birdsall won the 2014 James Beard award for Food and Culture Journalism for "America, Your Food Is so Gay," published in Lucky Peach. Given that kind of recognition for his voice, of course we're going to hear more from him on the interface of food and culture.