I am still wondering what is the fascination behind this week’s American popular culture food craze with fried chicken sandwiches at Popeye’s and Chik-Fi-La. It is a debate about what the best fried chicken is: Popeye’s or Chik-Fi-La! I have been seeing people go in on social media like Facebook and Twitter and in real-life time about this. Co-workers asked if I wanted to go to Popeye’s to get the $3.99 spicy chicken sandwich with pickles, special sauce, and a shiny-looking golden brown bun.
As a Black male vegan and plant-based person, I have to say no thanks to Popeye’s or Chik-Fi-La’s fried chicken craze. I would have cared for this two years ago. I no longer look at food in the same way like many people. I do not judge other people’s foodways and their relationship with food. I have a different relationship with food now that I am living this vegan and plant-based lifestyle. I do not miss meat. I do not crave meat. I abhor the smell and taste of meat. I care about all of the chickens who lost family members, friends, and associates to the meat industry’s inhumane slaughter of them and other animals just for people to eat them wherever. I realize that many people do not look at animals as living things with lives and intelligences. Many people are ethically, morally, and spiritually disconnected and removed from animal/human/nature relationships. I do not want to contribute to the senseless slaughter of animals for the sake of mass production and gluttonous consumption of meat and animal products.
There is a long and complicated relationship between African-Americans and fried chicken and it goes back to slavery and Jim Crow. I understand and overstand all of this. I am conscious of how impacted African-Americans are in our approach, connection, outlook, and perspectives to food. I am not saying that because I am a Black male vegan and plant-based person that all other Black people have to stop eating whatever and become all vegan and plant-based. That would be great and monumental but you cannot force people to do what they do not want to do and you have to meet people where they are at. However, I do feel that Black people ought to begin the process of loving ourselves and treasuring our physical bodies as spiritual temples, but every Black person is not there. There is a disconnection between most Black people and healthy lifestyles and it goes back to slavery/enslavement and other oppressive systems in the African Diaspora.
I wonder if all of these Americans who are going IN about the best fried chicken sandwich craze at Popeye’s and Chik-Fi-La will have the same energy to vote in the 2020 Presidential elections, fill out 2020 U.S. Census forms, change their eating, improve their health/wellness/fitness, advocate for better quality of life in neighborhoods and communities, and demand for less food deserts and more affordable healthier options in the ghetto, the hood, the barrio, the trailer park, and other marginalized and disenfranchised locations in America.
It is not that serious for all of these to line up at Popeye’s and Chik-Fi-La, only to find out that the chicken sandwiches are sold out to capacity. It is not like Popeye’s and Chik-Fi-La cares about people and their health. They care only about the bottom line of making money and profit and selling out their fried chicken sandwiches and other meals filled with sugar, salt, and fat. Chik-Fi-La has a long history with homophobia against the LGBTQ communities due to the Christian beliefs of the owners and I am very sure the original owners felt certain ways against African-Americans during the Jim Crow South. Many people who crave fast food (aka FAT food) do not care about corporations’ issues and isms with customers. They just want what they want whenever, wherever, and however.
I have to say no thanks to Popeye’s and Chik-Fi-La’s fried chicken sandwich contest craze as a Black male vegan and plant-based person.
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Friday, August 23, 2019
Note: The above photo is courtesy of USA Today