Is fast food the hero or the villain in Black America? Dr. Marcia Chatelain, a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American studies at Georgetown University, discusses the fraught role of fast food in this engaging presentation.
Program synopsis: Often blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among Black Americans, fast food restaurants like McDonald’s have long symbolized capitalism’s villainous effects on our nation’s most vulnerable communities. But how did fast food restaurants so thoroughly saturate Black neighborhoods in the first place?
With insights from her new book, Franchise, The Golden Arches in Black America, Dr. Chatelain, explored the history of the development of fast food franchises and the intersections with race relations, dietary health, Black capitalism, discrimination, and social change. The discussion was moderated by Linda Pelaccio, host of A Taste of the Past podcast.