Recently I read a NY Daily News article by #StanleyCrouch entitled ‘Soul Food is Killing Black America,’ I must say, I was a bit mystified by it. Here I am trying to elevate Soul Food in
I’ve been studying and researching Soul Food for over two decades. I have traveled to and eaten at most Soul Food restaurants in
This article by #StanleyCrouch reeks of incompetence and should not be taken seriously. None of these claims are true. To qualify as an expert on Soul Food one must master the discipline of History, Food, Culture and Science. It is glaringly obvious that anyone who writes an article of this nature lacks the basic subject knowledge to even participate in the conversation. Consult with an expert or Stay in your Lane.
It is not only discourteous to History; it is disrespectful to the Family Tree of every African American including his. This article is deficit of social, cultural and spiritual consciousness and responsibility. Some are better off bringing water to those actually occupying the debate and doing the work.
Mr. Crouch also has plans to produce a like documentary. Culturally insensitive projects like this could potentially affect the business viability of every #SoulFood restaurant in
Today Soul Food History and culture bears similitude to disregarded record. The equilateral reputation of Americas Food (Soul Food) has been challenged not just by this writer, but by many others as well. We must accept this challenge and meet it head on with the compelling testimony of History and Science.
In many ways Soul Food has a remarkably striking resemblance to the lives, reputation, standing, and status of African Americans. Yet the verve of Soul Food remains in a class all by itself, on the continent where it was created. The time is ripe to Move beyond elementary discourse and inconsequential difference.
Soul Food represents more than just a food created by African Americans. It symbolizes strength, courage, resilience, valor, fortitude and true grit. It also represents the prayers, dreams, ambitions and the unparalleled creative brilliance of an entire culture. Soul Food signifies the very history and foundation of what is present day
The cultural preservation of American Food History is important and should never be lost. (Those that understand the food, its history and culture, understand the methodology, strategy and the purpose). It’s vital that we uphold our traditions, and that we preserve and protect American History. There’s far too much at stake here. The Kinship runs too deep.
Even with its rich and unquestionable history, over the past decade plus; Soul Food has received an inordinate amount of negative press and its high-time we set the record straight.
When these negative assertions about Soul Food started, my grandmother asked me a very poignant question. She said, Emanuel, what happened to Soul Food all of a sudden? Why is Soul Food suddenly unhealthy? Why is it bad for you?
She added, you know that many of your ancestors lived until they were well into their 90s, and many lived to be over 100. All they ate was Soul Food. How can it be good for them and bad for us? She then went on to say, if it doesn’t smell right, don’t buy it. After many years of research and analysis I am resolute in my findings.
Chip Update 1: The blanket statement that #SoulFood is bad for you is not only erroneous it’s inexplicable. Unhealthy Foods are not culturally specific. Least desirable foods and cooking styles are shared by
The more any line is repeated the more believable it becomes. The catch phrase #SoulFood is bad for you has become the dense testimonial of the misinformed. Many imprudently voice their opinions without fundamental knowledge on the subject or valid evidence to support it. Soul Food was healthy yesterday and is even healthier today.
African American Ancestors made do with what was accessible. There were few options available to them. They did what they had to do. The options today are endless. It’s important that we understand these dynamics.
A Wise Man once told me; what they do has nothing to do with you. Likewise, the way some choose to prepare #SoulFood has nothing to do with its overall health benefits and should not affect its rich and unquestionable reputation in any way. Some traditional cultural practices in no way meet the criteria for an institutional indictment of all Soul Food or anything else for that matter.
Chip Update 2: In fact, in head to head nutritional comparisons #SoulFood is far Healthier than Italian, Mexican, Chinese and French foods. Yet, this apparent systemic condemnation focuses solely on Soul Food. The excessive negative press targeting Soul Food does not, but rightfully should include all other foods and cultures in the unhealthy foods conversation. Fact Checker: The menus at many large and popular restaurant chains have enough Calories, Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium built in to satisfy the recommended daily allowance of an elephant and they’re not cooking Soul Food.
All Americans, particularly African Americans should question the actions and motives of writers such as #StanleyCrouch who write rhetoric not founded in trust. If one really cared about what was killing Black America, any writer would start with a little research and refrain from regurgitating first level thoughts, rumors and conjecture. Never in the History of Mankind has a Food been subjected to this degree of degradation and shoved into mortal combat. Why is that? It’s time we had that conversation.
Soul Food like any other food can be and is prepared in a healthy manner by simply using fresh ingredients, leaner cuts of meats, healthier oils, by integrating and alternating cooking techniques and by incorporating additional essential vitamins and nutrients. It’s NOT the Food; it’s who’s cooking the Food.
The majority of Soul Food is not cooked with Trans Fats. Such statements are vulgar distortions of historical and culinary fact. After traveling to every nook and cranny in
The truth be told, most Soul Food is not deep fried nor has it ever been. Authentic Soul food cooking has always integrated many cooking styles and techniques, frying is just one of them. What about other cultures? Has anyone heard of fried Ice cream; fried cheese sticks; or Generals Chicken? I could go on for days, but you get the point. If #SoulFood is so bad for you, why is there a current trend in supermarket deli’s all across
Chip Update 3: The African American or Soul Food diet is not all fried or comprised of only undesirable cuts of meats as many believe. Today the bulk of the Soul Food diet consists of choice cuts of meats, fish and crustaceans, vegetables, oats, wheat and other grains, legumes, fruits and nuts. Most meats and fish today are not fried. They are broiled, braised, grilled or smoked. The Soul Food diet, cooking styles and techniques are in keeping with most cultural traditions which were healthy yesterday and are certainly in the pink today!
We must focus on fact instead of tittle-tattles and innuendo. Here’s another oops upside your head. The mainstream of the Soul Food diet is comprised of #Superfoods Soul Food is loaded with vitamins and nutrients.
The very notion that #SoulFood is killing Black America is minus research, nominal evidence or pubescent fact. Try researching the subject or talking to an expert before repeating such risky language. Don’t judge all Soul Food based on false rumors. We owe it to ourselves and to American History to get it right!
Chip Update 4: It’s not Soul Food that’s killing Black America, its fast food, chain food, foods from many other cultures and Lifestyle factors that are Killing Black America. Most of us don’t even cook anymore and wouldn’t know how if we wanted to. We have become a drive-thru culture. Convenience driven lifestyle shifts are categorically having a deafening impact on the health of
Minimal knowledge of the past and the present is the misfortune of All Americans as much as it is our burden. There is NO other Food on the Planet that is as Healthy, Delicious, Creative and as Expansive as Soul Food. Soul Food has influenced food cultures all around the World. It is a thing of Genius and is emulated more than any other food on the Planet! Everybody wants it and they’re playing the name grab game. You may recognize some of these new-fangled marketing terms; Southern Food, Comfort Food, Country Cooking, Korean Soul Food, Filipino Soul Food, Asian Soul Food, Italian Soul Food and so on. Today Soul Food and Soul Food History are at risk of becoming. The Lost Art. In order to #SaveSoulFood, and we will; we must alter our thinking. Anyone attacking or misappropriating Soul Food is going to have to deal with me. Those days are over!
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