An article featured in the left-leaning news outlet Mother Jones this week declares the act of eating three meals a day to be racist.
In a piece entitled, “Why You Should Stop Eating Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner,” writer Kiera Butler asserts that strict adherence to mealtimes is not only “anti-science,” but “racist” as well.
“When European settlers got to America, they also imported their meal habits,” Butler says. “They observed that the eating schedule of the native tribes was less rigid—the volume and timing of their eating varied with the seasons.”
“Sometimes, when food was scarce, they fasted. The Europeans took this as ‘evidence that natives were uncivilized…’ So fascinated were Europeans with tribes’ eating patterns… that they actually watched Native Americans eat ‘as a form of entertainment.’”
Butler’s article goes on to chronicle the rising prevalence of meal schedules and their dominance in modern Western culture, insinuating that the tradition’s white European roots make the very practice inherently racist.
“Dogmatic adherence to mealtimes is anti-science, racist, and might actually be making you sick,” Butler writes.
While such absurd claims are often praised by hoards of “social justice warriors” scouring the depths of the Internet, commenters of the article were quick to reject the daft declaration.
“Add ‘eating’ to the list of ‘everything is racist…’” the article’s top comment states.
“I never realized that oatmeal was racist. I feel so ashamed!” another joked.
The obsession by some to label everything as racist is so pervasive that focusing merely on the topic of food can yield countless similar stories.
Last June online publication Slate argued that getting food poisoning after visiting an “ethnic restaurant” was racist and most likely being made up by the victim.
“Do you think an ethnic restaurant caused your food poisoning? You might be a little bit racist,” the article said.
An all-you-can-eat taco bar fundraiser hosted by a college sorority was also deemed racist and offensive last year due to the food’s association with Mexico.
Obama supporters speaking with media analyst Mark Dice last May stated that not liking Mexican food was a sign of racism as well.
Portland school officials labeled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches racist in November 2013, arguing that the meal represented white culture.
“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Verenice Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School in Portland, said at the time.
In fact, according to the City of Seattle, even brown paper bags used to carry lunches are racist due to the brown coloring’s alleged tie to African Americans.