Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thinking about Race and Food and Language

Think about racial jargon. Underprivileged/overprivileged? Minority/majority? My life as a there meaning here?

"What is it to be white? Part of it is the ability to focus on everybody but you."
-Tim Wise

" universalize the particular - to take that which is specific to you and make it stand in for the normal, natural, everyday, everybody, human experience."
-Molefi Kete Asante

"When we all sit down at the multicultural table, what do the white people bring?"
"The table."

"These innocent people are trapped in a history they do not understand, and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it."
-James Baldwin

Think about the power of the language of food. Chicken/chickens? Do you eat turkey/turkeys, duck/ducks? Also, think of words, beef, pork, ham, veal, mutton, etc...and how they've been separated from animal. Why have we been desensitized to fish(es), breast, leg, flank, wing, tongue, etc...

Also, think about the social implications of cooking, and the organizational structure of the kitchen. Think of this as embedded in historical, economic, cultural, social, geographical framework.

-The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond

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