But Whitlock can’t concede any of these points because it would mean that somewhere in the universe, there exists a racist white person, and the simple thought of that gives Whitlock the same heebie-jeebies he feels when he is told to shuck less and jive more. Whitlock refuses to believe that there is anything holding black people from achieving their maximum whiteness, because if he—a dollop-shaped do boy —can make it onto Fox Sports by bravely overcoming a torn rotator cuff from throwing black people under the bus and the perpetual taste of white anus on his tongue, then all of black people’s barriers must be imagined.
White’s comments point to an essential truth: If we are to create a society that values black life, we cannot ignore the role of food and land. I believe that black people’s collective experience with slavery and sharecropping has created an aversion to the land and a sense that the land itself is an oppressor. The truth is that without good land and good food we cannot be truly free. The Freedom Food Alliance represents one important voice among many insisting that the senseless deaths of our black brothers and sisters by all forms of violence—police shooting, diet-related illness, economic marginalization—must end.