The city of Charleston and Emanuel AME Church are hosting twelve days of events commemorating the Emanuel Nine, victims of the shooting at Emanuel on June 17, 2015. We join them in spirit. Follow along this week as we share stories from the intersection of racism and Southern food.
Ask anyone to name one Southern food, and you’ll likely hear two words: Fried Chicken. But there is more going on with this staple of the Southern table than you might think.
Fried chicken has both been the vehicle for the economic empowerment of a whole group of people—and the accessory to an ugly racial stereotype. In this episode of Gravy, Lauren Ober goes from a Virginia Fried Chicken Festival to a soul food restaurant in Harlem as she explores the complexities of racism and fried chicken. Listen here.
You can find Psyche Williams-Forson’s book “Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power” here.
The town of Gordonsville, VA, home to the Waiter Carriers that Lauren describes in the story is here.
Melba Wilson’s restaurant in Harlem, Melba’s, is here.