Norwizzle's Almanac

It should come as no surprise to any Southerner that last year’s runaway hit and Oscar contender The Help focuses on the two most plundered Southern issues of our time: food and race relations. Completing the trinity of sacred subjects in the South is football—and Roll Tide, I said ROLL TIDE—that subject is indeed religious in its fervor. But that’s another topic for another time. Today, I have the politics of food and the food of politics on my mind.

We all know about that famous pie in The Help. And if you don’t know the backstory behind Minny’s terrible-awful, far be it from me to spoil it for you. Let’s just say there was more than sugar in that sucker and leave it at that. The movie did bring to mind, though, how often food and racial politics are intertwined in the movies, books and all the pundit…

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