"Get into the Know"
One aspect of the Black Power Movement , the fight against the oppression of the dominant culture against people of African descent, that had nothing to do with boycotting, protest or fiery rhetoric , but had everything to do with reformation is diet and health.
In the article Racism, Food and Health John Robbins states "
Statistically, people of color have less formal education and less access to many kinds of resources, and are therefore more vulnerable to the manipulations of junk food advertising. Children of color are disproportionately the latchkey kids who watch an average of 32 hours of television a week during which they are bombarded by ads for sugar-laden greasy foods. Neighborhoods of color are full of billboards for tobacco, alcohol, and the least healthy of foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables, organic foods, and whole grains are difficult (if not impossible) to find; instead there are convenience stores and fast food chains with their greasy "bargains." Meanwhile, women of color are about 50 percent more likely to be obese than their white counterparts.
The diets of people of color are typically higher in sugar, salt, fat, and refined carbohydrates. Lacking access to healthier foods, and also lacking knowledge about what diets are in fact healthier, the poor are easy prey, not only to the tobacco and alcohol sellers whose billboards pervade their neighborhoods, but to the junk food industry and the fast food chains who see these communities as markets they can readily exploit."
Additionally, Robbins states " People of color suffer disproportionately from the epidemics (heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and cancer) that are fueled by excess meat consumption. They are the ones most harmed when the Food Pyramid continues to push frequent meat consumption.
Healthy lifestyles, including eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise, can significantly help to prevent, reverse and control these diseases. Studies have shown that people eating plant-based diets have far lower rates of heart disease, cancer, hypertension, obesity and diabetes than do meat-eaters.
Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, Afro-Centrist , all who are a part of the collective Black Conscious have always included reformation of the "slave diet" as a major component in the liberation of Black People.
Listen to this thought provoking lecture by Dr. Llaila Afrika lecturer and author on Natural Holistic Health about whether people of African Descent are really "Meat Eaters"