On Friday morning at 10:30 a.m., some of us editors at Enjoy your meal jumped on Zoom’s call to discuss how we would cover up the rebellion sparked by the murder of George Floyd. As food brands, we often talk about recipes, cooking techniques, and new restaurants. But we also understand that food is basically political in nature, and there is no way to work around this. If you need proof, look no further than the latest pandemic. As we have documented in our daily Restaurant Diary, restaurants scattered for KPS loans and undocumented workers fell into the cracks.
In the last few years, we in BA have taken into account our blind spots in terms of race. We still have work to do. But one thing I do know is that our editorial mission – apart from recipes and household cooking – is to cover the most important stories of the time regarding food. And when the food business across the country stood in solidarity with George Floyd and others before him, our mandate could not be clearer.
So, as an editor, the question I now ask our team is how do we find the intersection between food and politics at this time? And how can we report this convergence in ways that are interesting and beneficial to millions of our readers?
After the meeting on Friday, we started working. That night on the site, Priya Krishna posted an as-told-beautiful story with a Minneapolis chef and restaurant owner Louis Hunter, whose cousin Philando Castile had been killed by police four years earlier. At Healthyish – a site that has always been at the core of inclusive health for its mission – we post Jesse Sparks’ thoughtful, personal, and forward-service work on mental health resource for the black community.
This week on the site, look for articles with Minneapolis restaurant owner Tomme Beevas, who owns Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, which was the target of white supremacy this weekend because it provided fresh water and supplies for the protesters. In the coming days and weeks, you will see more stories from restaurant owners and staff at the forefront of this protest. We will highlight the black food business in cities throughout the country. And you will see us addressing more racial and political issues at the core of the food world.
Meanwhile, we encourage you to donate to organizations that support racial justice like the ACLU and NAACP, and to support Black’s food business in your own neighborhood. We don’t have all the answers. We know we have work to do. Food is always political whether we say it or not. Now’s the time to say it.
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