Publication Date

Spring 5-19-2016

Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Teresa Healy

Second Advisor

Tatsushi Arai

Abstract

Food insecurity is an issue that plagues many people throughout the world. It only requires a brief search on the United Nation’s (U.N.) World Hunger Map to determine that this is indeed a worldwide crisis. Conversely, within the United States, the issue of hunger is often treated as “minimal” in comparison to other countries. A deeper inquiry into hunger within the U.S. reveals an even more disturbing connection: the role of white supremacy and systemic racism in regard to hunger. Academic research pertaining to food access is quite recent. Be that as it may, it is of no surprise that issues specific to certain communities remain unnoticed. Additionally, most surprising is the glaring and evident gap in research oriented toward food inequality and, specifically, Black Americans.

This research will illustrate how systemic racism has restructured itself in the form of food-related issues within Black neighborhoods. Along with this awareness, the voices of these communities, which are completely missing from this narrative, will be shared. By utilizing the conceptual framework of systemic racism, data collection, in-depth interviews, and observations took place. From this sample of people and locations, within the city of Atlanta, Georgia, it contributed to answer the question: How do marginalized Black people in America live with and through food inequality on a daily basis? This research will answer such a question and more by examining a local organization, HABESHA, Inc., as a solution for the problem confronting specific segments of Black America.

Disciplines

African American Studies | African History | Agricultural and Resource Economics | Community-Based Research | Community Health | Cultural History | Ethnic Studies | Food Security | Other American Studies | Political History | Race and Ethnicity | Social History | United States History