Friday, December 29, 2017

Professors Claim Farmers’ Markets Cultivate Racism

Two cultural Marxists professors from San Diego State University who have no understanding of how standards of living increase in a region and what gentrification means have visited farmers’ markets.

They claim in a new book that farmers’ markets in urban areas are weed-like “white spaces” responsible for oppression, reports The Washington Times.

“Farmers’ markets are often white spaces where the food consumption habits of white people are normalized,” Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J Bosco write in an anthology released this month titled “Just Green Enough.”

The geology professors claim that 44 percent of San Diego’s farmers’ markets cater to “households from higher socio-economic backgrounds,” which raises property values and “[displaces] low-income residents and people of color.”

Joassart-Marcelli is the Director of Urban Studies Program at SDSU where, among other courses, she teaches, "Community-based Geographic Research: Food Justice."

From the SDSU facebook page:
[H]er study of food access in San Diego shows that the food desert label stigmatizes low-income communities as unhealthy and devalues the everyday food practices of their residents by normalizing a white suburban food environment centered on large supermarkets and erasing the contributions of small ethnic markets.
Bosco conducts a Graduate Seminar: Urban Social Geography.

“The most insidious part of this gentrification process is that alternative food initiatives work against the community activists and residents who first mobilized to fight environmental injustices and provide these amenities but have significantly less political and economic clout than developers and real estate professionals,” they write.

To understand what gentrification is really about, see: What the Gentrification Haters Don't Get.


(ht Felix Bronstein)


  1. You can't expect them to say why food deserts actually exist, government interference into the economy. The government makes it too expensive to start food related businesses and the players big enough to play don't bother with higher business risk neighborhoods. A free market would cause food deserts to disappear overnight. It's a food desert because small ethnic markets aren't allowed to fill the gap.

    They are never going to admit government regulation caused food deserts so they'll just call it racist so it's not talked about any longer.

  2. Whites are the only identity group who are forbidden to pursue or vote their own interests.

  3. Question to the SJW "class" from a black man who's sick and tired of this so-called white supremacist/white power cabal supposedly keeping black and brown people from adequate food choices, a quality education, access to affordable housing, etc. What, exactly, are supremacists and white power groups stopping you from doing? Answer: absolutely nothing.

    If you want a quality education, leave the government school system. If you want better food choices in your community, stop propagating black-on-black crime (take it from someone who grew up on the South Side of Chicago and has seen first hand grocery stores avoid many crime infested areas) and, as Jimmy Joe Meeker said remove government regulations. And the list goes on and on.

    And another thing...any black or brown person who buys into this crap relegates themselves to victim status, which in turn relegates them to a rather meager existence of dependence (on government and liberal NGO assistance). In effect, these able bodied "victims" place a low ceiling on how much success they obtain.

  4. My own view is that these "professors" are simply insane. How is it that racism and oppression is somehow hidden under every nook and cranny of life, no matter how mundane?