[3/19/17] A student at the California State University – Long Beach recently penned an op-ed opining on the racist undertones of drinking milk.
In a Daily 49er article published March 13, entitled, “Milk new symbol of hate?,” staff writer Samantha Diaz writes that many Americans “have been so accustomed to hearing the benefits of milk that you probably didn’t even realize the subtle racism hidden in our health facts.”
Diaz says, “It may not surprise you that the United States was founded on racism. That every institution we uphold has racist roots that are sometimes difficult to catch and even harder to fight against. This phenomenon affects our voter ID laws, state testing and, yes, even our federal dietary guidelines.”
She adds, “The federal endorsement of milk in American diets contributes to the problem by uncritically pushing people to drink milk, despite the potential detriment it has on non-white people’s health.”