NPR Guest: Wanting To Be Thin Is ‘White Supremacy’

Just when you think the mainstream media can't get any loonier!

  • A guest on NPR’s show Fresh Air promoted the idea that the desire to be thin stems from white supremacy while discussing how parents should communicate weight with their children.
  • Journalist Virginia Sole-Smith appeared on the show to discuss her new book Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture which includes the theory that fat phobia can be traced back to the end of slavery in the US.
  • Her argument is that when slavery was abolished and African Americans started gaining rights, white supremacists sought to maintain old inequalities by demonizing black bodies and glamorizing thinness.
  • “This is really about maintaining systems of white supremacy and patriarchy,” she said on the show.
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