Saturday, March 18, 2017

What About Chocolate Milk?

What's scary is that this person expects to be taken seriously:
When you think of milk, what first comes to your mind? If you’re a millennial, you probably think of strong bones, Got Milk? commercials, or maybe eating your favorite cereal while watching cartoons on a Saturday morning. 

What about racism? White nationalism? If you’re having trouble finding the connection between these institutions and milk, you’re not alone. You, along with the rest of the nation, have been so accustomed to hearing the benefits of milk that you probably didn’t even realize the subtle racism hidden in our health facts. 

It may not surprise you that the United States was founded on racism. That every institution we uphold has racist roots that are sometimes difficult to catch and even harder to fight against. This phenomenon affects our voter ID laws, state testing and,  yes, even our federal dietary guidelines. But how can our health guidelines, a system meant to be built upon scientific fact alone, have racist messages? Where there is a deep-rooted tradition to suppress an entire race’s existence, there’s a way. 

The federal endorsement of milk in American diets contributes to the problem by uncritically pushing people to drink milk, despite the potential detriment it has on non-white people’s health.
Yes, it's scary that this person expects to be taken seriously.  What's worse is that I'm helping fund her so-called education.


Pseudotsuga said...

Problem (1) Publish or perish mentality. Get something, anything, out there, to build up your CV! So just dash off a bunch of nonsense that apes the narratives you get in class, and you, too, can do Skollershp!
Problem (2) In the non-STEM fields, the standards for what is published is pretty low, anymore. It's almost like there's a perverse delight in pretending that this kind of thing is actual, substantial, publishable thought.
Really, though, it's a kind of performance art (which I hesitate to refer to as actual art of any value).
Problem (3) People are afraid to point and laugh, because Virtue Signaling!

lgm said...

seems like a failed attempt at humor to draw attention to the plight of those who have been tossed off the island. Same thing happened to the ten percent with MTHFR mutations and recommending they ingest folic acid in prenatals and grains. Do no harm, indeed..

Mike Thiac said...

Darren, I wonder if these people has issues with and ex New Orleans mayor referring to a "Chocolate city?"

Ellen K said...

Remember just a few years ago, Dallas area politician (currently on trial for fraud and embezzlement) John Wiley Price claimed that Devil's Food Cake was racist.

And I just thought it was delicious.