Rutgers Prof: Racism Makes Poor People Fat

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

CheeseburgerHigher education has hit another new low, Save Jerseyans. And naturally it had to happen here.

A new “study” (click here) by Rutgers University Luis Rivera claims that U.S. ethnic minority groups suffer from disproportionate levels of obesity because… brace yourselves… “racial microaggressions” result in unhealthy dietary habits.

“When you are exposed to negative stereotypes, you may gravitate more toward unhealthy foods as opposed to healthy foods,” Rivera recently opined in the Journal of Social Issues. “You may have a less positive attitude toward watching your carbs or cutting back on fast food, and toward working out and exercising.”

Here’s a superior theory that doesn’t require you to stick your own head up your own posterior: crappy food is cheap and much more readily available in economically depressed neighborhoods than healthier choices (McDonalds vs. Saladworks), so poor minority populations are bound to experience higher levels of obesity.

For example, I can get an entire meal at any McDonalds for $5-7. No problem. Yet there isn’t an actual supermarket in Camden, New Jersey! And if you try to buy the ingredients of a decent salad at one in the burbs, with gas/bus fare thrown in, it simply isn’t in the budget for many families.

A town of 80,000-ish people and no Acme, Shop Rite, Food Lion, A&P, whatever. Can you imagine it?

But don’t try to tell a liberal that something like diet directly correlates to poverty levels… and the health of one’s culture. Or the ongoing decay of urban centers afflicted by decades of big government social engineering.

Blaming heart disease on racism fits the Left’s narrative. The truth does not.

So let’s continue to embargo school choice and wait for Michele Obama to wrap up her latest vacation and get around to installing a salad bar in every urban school’s cafeteria. That’ll get the job done. Right? Just please forgive me for suggesting that maybe, just maybe, more of this self-delusions for lefty pseudo-intellects is actually contributing to the plight of our country’s most distressed citizens. I can’t arrest my logic – and conscience – as easily as they can.


9 thoughts on “Rutgers Prof: Racism Makes Poor People Fat

  1. Of course academia, and far-left Rutgers loony professors believe this. It’s only natural that this follows “enviro-racism”. You know, we are a racist society because of minorities that live in or near urban, industrial areas.

  2. “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.” George Orwell, “Notes on Nationalism” 1945.

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