Black Food Geographies

Black Food Geographies explores the ways in which inequality effects the access that people have to food in a majority-Black section of Washington D.C. Although the author, Ashante Reese, focuses on the Deanwood neighborhood in particular, the experiences that Reese outlines effect a lot of people across the United States. These sections can turn into “food deserts”, areas where there is no real source of fresh and healthy food for the people living within them. There are stark disparities between the majority-White sections of cities and majority-Black ones in this way. It is interesting thinking about the ways in which this structural inequality could have a significant impact on the preparation, experience, and cultural importance of food in these communities. This book made me think about a long-form article from ProPublica that I had read a little while back about how Dollar General’s can often end up as the only real accessible retail store within poor sections of cities or rural areas. In both cases, supermarkets and retail stores leave poorer communities behind for wealthier ones – in effect forcing them to rely on much lower quality options.

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