Food and New Year’s Resolutions Part 2
In the 1960s and 1970s several debates developed over eating soul food. Some African-American intellectuals like Amiri Baraka argued that soul food was a unique part of black culture that should be celebrated. Food writers like Craig Claiborne insisted that soul food was a southern regional food that belonged to southerners. And three groups of African Americans I call “food rebels” argued that soul food is nothing to be celebrated or guarded as our own because it was killing black folk. In the chapter titled Food Rebels, Nation of Islam (which Malcolm X once belonged) advocates of natural-food diets, and college-and university-educated African Americans called for eating healthier.