Is fast food the hero or the villain in Black America?
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. Marcia Chatelain,a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American studies at Georgetown University, led an engaging conversation on 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. The recorded Zoom session is currently available to CHNY members and ticket purchased; it will be released to the general public in January 2021.