I think Dr. White’s book is one of the most important on community organizing around food in some time. Not only because credit is given to the civil rights activists who founded and push our movement forward, but also because she focuses on the innovative structures of those efforts, including cooperatives. And because she uses the South and the work here to build a new system in the face of the constant, persistent institutional racism (and linked to that) the commodity system of agriculture that still have a stronghold on our policies and structure. Those systems are present across the US but they are more overt in the South, which allows us to see the struggle daily and also for white allies to understand what role they can play in dismantling those larger systems that also create the inequities that we see in our shared food system.
Q&A with Monica White: Black farmers’ role in the struggle for civil rights | Food and Environment Reporting Network
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