Liberal website Mother Jones asked the question: “is milk racist” and wouldn’t you know, they determined it is. More specifically, milk is racist because the US government recommends that all people drink milk and it may be that black people don’t need to drink as much milk as white people. I bet you thought this was about chocolate milk, didn’t you?
The federal government’s dietary guidelines urge adults to consume at least three cups of milk a day to guard against osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become brittle and weak. People who are lactose intolerant—a group that includes 75 percent of African Americans—”can choose low-lactose and lactose-free dairy products,” the guidelines say. But a new study has called into question this one-size-fits-all approach. It suggests that most African American adults might not need milk at all.
I’ll spare you all of the boring details and cut to the chase: A researcher named Constance Hilliard found that blacks in Africa have a very low rate of osteoporosis and consume little to no calcium on a daily basis. She has also concluded that blacks are different genetically than whites and don’t require as much calcium to maintain strong bones. Isn’t it racist to suggest that there are differences between the races?
As if that weren’t bad enough, she also links higher milk consumption in black men to an increased rate of prostrate cancer. Keep in mind that Hilliard is not a nutritionist or a nutrition scientist of any kind; she’s an evolutionary historian.
Despite her lack of scientific credentials, she says blacks may be at risk from the racist effects of milk. In addition, she accuses the FDA of racism for recommending that black people drink milk.
“What has happened is the medical community has universalized the particular biology of [Caucasians]. And the medical community has yet to frame its questions in ways that investigate whether foods that have been culturally labeled as ‘good for you’ have deleterious consequences for minorities,” said Hilliard.
In other words, the FDA’s calcium requirement recommendation is part of the systemic racism that is keeping black people down in this country. As if arresting black people for committing crimes wasn’t bad enough, the government is also trying to exterminate the black race with milk.
Here’s a couple of thoughts on this: osteoporosis is generally an old people disease. With the wars, malaria, AIDS, Ebola and about a million other deadly things, life expectancy in Africa is pretty low. Maybe Africans have less osteoporosis because they don’t live long enough to get it. Along those same lines, blacks in America are generally poor and poor people aren’t the healthiest folks. Perhaps it’s a little off-base to blame milk for chronic conditions and diseases in poor blacks. Maybe greasy processed foods and a lack of exercise are the real culprits.