Food Racism: What It Is, And What We Can Do About It
Food Racism is defined by the Official Dictionary of Shit I Just Made Up as: Discriminating or making light of a person’s eating habits based on their race or background. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard at least one joke about Asian people eating cats and dogs. Black people are often made fun of for eating fried chicken and collard greens (that scene in Precious where she steals a box of chicken didn’t do anyone any favors), Indian people are said to smell like curry (and by curry, I mean diarreah since those two words are basically interchangeable) and obviously, gingers eat souls.
Oh yes, and gay people eat dicks.
You have to wonder where all this food racism comes from. I guess the idea of racism in the first place stems from the fact that we classify ourselves based on our differences, not our similarities. Different cultures have always eaten different things based on their point of origin. Food Racism is not a new phenomenon, but it is getting worse. We have to do something about it because all over the world right now, foods are being discriminated against and bullied.
Lives are being spoiled.
So the next time you want to make a food racist joke, I suggest you think twice. If after thinking twice, its still funny then go ahead and say it. If it isn’t consider making fun of something else, such as a person’s clothes, odor, intelligence, or political affiliation.
All I ask is that before you make fun of what other people put into their mouths, you should rethink the things you put in yours.