The Vanilla Ice Cream Story: The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/04/black-people-vanilla-ice-cream-jim-crow-independence-day

My guest piece in the London Guardian out of the UK exploring the sordid past of ice cream as symbol of oppression in the minds and lives of African Americans in the Jim Crow South…and just beyond its borders. I want to be clear: I treat this as a piece of folk culture that has an absolute truth behind it rather than as the gospel truth. Some people can testify to this, others cannot, but all can speak to the insidious nature of one of the most un-American institutions in pre-Civil Rights era America. Take this July 4th to appreciate how far we have come and to reflect on how far we have to go.

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About michaelwtwitty

I am a Judaics teacher and Culinary Historian focusing on the foodways of Africa, enslaved African Americans, African America and the African and Jewish diasporas.
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