Keeping Black people out, then down

Scholar addresses fast food's racial dynamics

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Naa Oyo A. Kwate is the author of White Burgers, Black Cash: Fast Food from Black Exclusion to Exploitation, published in April. She spoke to The Food Section about the racial dynamics of the quick-service sector, which is opening more and more outlets across the region. The number of fast-food restaurants nationwide now exceeds 200,000.

Hanna Raskin: I really enjoyed reading your book. But I should say you write that this book isn’t really about the South, since the early fast-food scene here was perverted by segregation. So, can you talk about why this story matters to everyone, even if they might live in Georgia?


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