A California State University – Long Beach student wrote an op-ed remarking on the racist connotations of drinking milk.
In an article entitled, “Milk new symbol of hate?” published by the Daily 49er March 13, staff writer Samantha Diaz wrote that a lot of U.S. citizens “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.”
“It may not surprise you that the United States was founded on racism,” Diaz explains. “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.”
“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,” Diaz continued.
The writer also points out that since non-whites – particularly African-Americans – did not essentially need the same amount of calcium that white people require, drinking milk in the quantity suggested by federal dietary guidelines would probably be bad for their health.
Then Diaz takes a dig at the milk-chugging internet trolls who crashed Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf’s “He Will Not Divide Us” livestream.
“In an effort to prove their masculinity, a dozen middle-aged white men showed up shirtless, shouting about how they need to ‘secure the future of our diet and the future for milk drinking,’” she chides.
In closing, Diaz declares: “Until we recognize the racist roots in our own systems of government and fight to remove them, we are all in part responsible for the white, creamy form of racism currently taking hold in our country.”