Leave it to the Washington Post to pioneer protection of what will be the subsequent nice civil rights battle. Food reporter Tim Carman has uncovered the white supremacy inherent in grocery store group. According to meals influencer David Chang (yeah, that’s a factor, I suppose) “the ethnic food aisle, that is sort of the last bastion of racism that you can see in full daylight in retail America.”
Come on now, what he’s speaking about. Picture the ethnic meals aisle of your native Giant Food Way Lion. It’s not like the remaining of the intense, clear, well-ordered aisles, is it? It’s a dark, chaotic ghetto glowering among the many gleaming streets of the grocery metropolis. It’s thronged with outdated ladies promoting plucked geese and one eyed males betting on cock fights. A spot well mannered individuals don’t point out on the dinner desk.
No? Okay, perhaps that’s simply my native grocery store. Anyway, David Chang, who influences meals, thinks you most likely give it some thought like that. And Tim Carman, who writes about meals, says that “to others, particularly kids of immigrants who might already really feel pushed to the margins of the American mainstream, the grocery store will be simply one other place to expertise the sting of their outsider standing.”
Man, the kids of immigrants are some fragile little cupcakes.
The sting happens each time they stroll down the “ethnic” meals aisle, the part of the grocery store that, to some, performs out like a remnant of the Jim Crow period, when legal guidelines established separate services for African Americans within the post-Reconstruction South.
“It is something that’s got to go,” Chang says of the ethnic meals aisle. (Chang might need to rethink that. “Separate but Equal” is all of the rage on faculty campuses. Who’s to say “ethnic student centers” and “ethnic-only graduation ceremonies” gained’t be subsequent.)
“To Chang’s way of thinking, these aisles continue to exist because nobody wants to talk about them,” Carman says, “which was certainly true about the publicists I contacted for this story. Representatives of Whole Foods Market, Giant Food, Kroger, Albertsons (which includes Safeway stores) and Harris Teeter either declined to comment or did not return multiple phone calls for comment.”