Black Food Geographies

Before reading this book, I thought African American food was simple: they have Soul Food. After reading Reese’s work, I see how mistaken I was and I am glad to have been proven so wrong. Food, in particular for African Americans, is much more complex than simply purchasing, preparing, and consuming nutritional items. It is racially fueled, financially unforgiving, and a binding agent in areas where resources are scarce. Reese demonstrates how culture, economy, community, and self-reliance play a large role in how the Black community of Deanwood, Washington D.C. view and access their food and how the narratives of this concept have changed as a result of many policy and national developments. This book implicitly stresses that many who are not a part of a lower income, racially divided community (or in some instances a neighborhood less closely bound) take ‘choice’ for granted. Many fail to appreciate their ability to choose when they shop, what they buy, how much they purchase, the quality of their food, and the ease with which they do so. I feel Reese’s book provides an invaluable insight into the lives of people who are less fortunate and demonstrates the strength that the Black community of Deanwood exudes when navigating their food struggle.

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  1. Make sure that your post includes a summation if the major arguments as opposed to being reflective. Partial credit.

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