Thursday, July 24, 2008
"We Can't Shop at Whole Foods Anymore"
A few weeks ago I was watching the news and they were interviewing locals to see how the recession (or economic slowdown according to bush) was affecting people. One white woman commented "well, it's becoming a little more difficult to get all our groceries from Whole Foods." I thought, it must be really distressing not to be able to purchase your $10 organic orange juice (I'm not over exaggerating, it exists ).
I thought about this white woman and her struggles (no $10 orange juice) last night as I watching CNN's Black in America. They showed how a black woman living in Harlem could not get access to fresh veggies. She would have an hour commute just to get a fresh tomato. Even I was amazed at what the woman how to go through to get fresh food in NYC (i always thought about NYC has having easy access to everything) . It was interesting to see the how the white woman felt she was struggling by not purchasing her Whole Foods and a black woman can barely access fresh food from a regular grocery store. CNN did not even get into how the recession was affecting the woman in Harlem. What CNN showed was a small percentage of the struggles that blacks endure related to health. They didn't bother to touch the financial burden of keeping fresh fruits and veggies at home, lack of access to gyms, lack of knowledge about nutritions, lack of resources, etc.
Okay that's all I have to say about the health part.
Overall I was frustrated by watching Black in America. I kept thinking what is the point? Is this going to provide white people with a better understanding of what it means to be Black in America? I don't think so, the information was presented as if everything is black and white. Either you are a successful black person or you are living in complete poverty. They make it seem as if there is no gray area. That was the most frustrating thing to me.
What are your thoughts about CNN's Black in America?
Posted by Fitness Goddess at 7:31 AM