Often in America black people shy away from dealing head on with the black experience in lieu of the more comfortable minority experience where we can speak in generalities that seem more socially accessible for the masses. We don’t want to be seen as militant or confrontational when trying to get our perspectives across and in the end we are left with a kind of milk toast, watered down version of the engaged conversation we though we were going to have. With this in mind when i began this project I made very definite decision that there would be no room for confusion about the focus of this work from our name to the imagery to the bulk of the content. This is not to suggest that there aren’t definite parallels among race and gender to the issues of the black chef, simply that the purpose of this space is to examine the black experience in all its complexity and richness.
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