The Racial Privilege of Voting With Your Dollars to Create a 'Good Food' System

I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘voting with your dollars’ mantra that I see just about everywhere in the racially and economically privileged areas of the SF Bay area where I live. I wanted to express my perspective with the below infographic and am hoping to open up the conversation about such topics; in my experience, such topics are nearly silenced within the ‘post-racial’ good food movement in the SF Bay area (and most of the USA). Reminder, this is not the “end all be all”. However, after reading Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and attending the Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter conference, I started thinking even more critically about the racial privilege analysis needed within this mainstream good food movement, here in SF Bay area– especially in California with the rise of the prison industrial complex.

Voting With Dollars (Conflict Copy)

Also, please learn more about the Enduring Myth of Black Criminality here. Great food for thought.


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4 thoughts on “The Racial Privilege of Voting With Your Dollars to Create a 'Good Food' System

  1. Breeze, You are probably better informed about the details of this than I am, but I wanted to comment on this with a historical reference (that you reminded me of) to the 1960s Civil Rights era (the exact historical dates escape me at the moment). When I lived in Savannah, GA, I worked for a local TV station as a videographer, so I met various people in the community and.was informed by some of the POC elders that the nature of the success of the civil rights movement and it’s nonviolent nature in Savannah was rooted in economics. Essentially the Black church leaders gathered everyone together, and they all agreed to boycott the clothing store(s) in the area (There may have only been one major department store at the time.). They all purchased their Sunday church-attending clothes from this/these store(s), but they were restricted to purchasing on only one day a week (I believe). So, they hit the white owners hard in the pocket and refused to shop on even that day. The white owners caved quickly (I am not sure of the extent of the boycott, though). You remind me that this may be something that has to be revisited and acted upon again, at least nationwide, and with force in conjunction with other actions.

    1. For some reason, I think the consciousness is different now, in terms of boycotting amongst most Black people in the USA. And I can’t explain why. I don’t have enough information. I know the power of voting with your dollars, in terms of you referencing the boycotts of the civil rights era. With this post I was just talking about what voting means NOW during a very different era of racialized policies, despite post-civil rights, that created Mass Incarceration as the ‘new jim crow’ (as Michelle Alexander coined).
      But all good stuff to think about . Thanks for engaging!

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