Black Hunger: Soul Food And America
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Assesses the complex interrelationships between food, race, and gender in America, with special attention paid to the famous figure of Aunt Jemima and the role played by soul food in the post-Civil War period, up through the civil rights movement and the present day. Original.
working class or poor. Clearly, though, she felt a cultural imperative to identify "down" with less privileged African American women, perhaps because of the antibourgeois ethos of the era. In fact, all three editions of Vibration Cooking are "dedicated to my mama and my grandmothers and my sisters in appreciation of the years that they worked in miss ann's kitchen and then came home to TCB [take care of business] in spite of slavery and oppression and the moynihan report." As her reference to
Saphronia Ruby Begonia Aunt Jemima Aunt Jemima on the Pancake Box Aunt Jemima on the Pancake Box? Auntjemimaonthepancakebox ? auntjemimaonthepancakebox? Ainchamamaonthepancakebox ? Ain't chure Mama on the pancake box? Mama Mama Get offa that damn box And come home to me And my Mama leaps offa that box She swoops down in her nurse's cape Which she wears on Sunday And on Wednesday night prayer meeting And she wipes my forehead And she fans my face for me And she makes me a cup o' tea And it don't
moment. My argument is that the debate over soul food was constituted by, and in turn helped constitute, many of the contradictions inherent in post-World War II attempts to revalue or reconstruct black manhood, especially Black Power efforts to control, contain, and abject the often fungible category of the "feminine." "Relishing Hog Bowels" What constitutes through division the "inner" and "outer" worlds of the subject is a border and boundary tenuously maintained for the purposes of social
alter one's state of being. Gregory sounds similar themes. For instance, in Lesson Fourteen, "A Turnip in Every Pot," from Dick Gregory's Political Primer, he writes: I have experienced personally over the past few years how a purity of diet and thought are interrelated. And when Americans become truly concerned with the purity of the food that enters their own personal systems, when they learn to eat properly, we can expect to see profound changes effected in the social and political system of
had rhythm by the way he snapped his cloth while he shined your shoes. Happy little black boy, the way he grinned and picked your quarter out of the air. Then he ran off and bought himself a Twinkie Cupcake, a bottle of Pepsi-Cola, and a pocketful of caramels. You didn't know that was his dinner. And you never followed him home. (n. pag.) In this anecdote, Gregory associates the poverty of his childhood with what he would later view as an impure, pollution-laden diet. And no matter how much the