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Washington Post Continues Public Vivisection of Black Women -The Root Joins the Racist ALLA Y'all Are FAT ATTACK- WAOD Readers React to "Black, Fit & Healthy"

Le sigh. Just when we are recovering from Alice Randall's rhetorical terrorist attack on Black women in the New York Times where she declared that Black women are the only fat women on the planet and we are fat because we want to be, now I get an email from the publicist at TheRoot.com announcing that they are going to be launching their own "year-long" series on Black "obesity." Wait. Wait. Wait! NO FAIR. The Washington Post ( The Root's corporate cousin/uncle) Already started a year-long series attacking Black women and their bodies, you mean to tell me y'all are starting the clock over? Now we've got a six-month extension on the Washington Post's public vivisection of Black women? Does everyone associated with the WAPO organization think Black women are like animals at a petting zoo? Leave our hair, our marital status, our butts, our bellies, and our ovaries ALONE!


Per the press release I received:

The Root, an online magazine featuring black news and perspectives, is launching a year-long series on the obesity epidemic among African Americans with an ongoing collection of interviews, articles and analysis.

Please consider linking to the "Black, Fit and Healthy" online series of stories from your web site  here:  http://www.theroot.com/views/features/obesity-conference



We at TheRoot.com are about to spend ANOTHER 12 months featuring stories about Black women's bodies and denigrating them for not fitting some arbitrary ideal of "health." We know that our sister publication, the Washington Post already opened a human petting zoo featuring Black women, but we don't want to be left out of the conversation or the ad revenue. Our entire series will be built around the BMI which is inherently racist because is does not take into account race-based physiological differences.

In addition, we are going to limit the definition to improving health narrowly to weight loss. Who cares if you lose the weight through exercise bulimia, anorexia, or smoking crack- weight is the ONLY thing that matters. Who cares if exercise-alone- can improve health outcomes. We won't emphasize the weight-independent benefits of exercise.

We won't talk about reasonable solutions to improve the wellness of Black women. We will gather together a group of ineffective "experts," who no one listens to,  to tell us that  y'all are all gonna die die die.

We're goign to cash a lot of checks from advertisers and at the end of the year, y'all are going to be just as FAT as ever. Because the only way we know how to address public health is by nagging, ostracizing, and promoting racist junk science and we're too lazy ( just like you fatties) to try something else. 


Now I know some of you are like:

Blogmother, you're fat, so you're biased.

Au Contraire mi Trollopian pest - the irony is that during all of these recent attacks on Black women's bodies in the name of "combating obesity" I've  been shrinking. The less fat I get, the more militantly fat I become. Why? Because having finally experienced some long-term lifestyle changes, I'm ticked off and realize that almost everything I've ever been told about "health" = "weight loss" is a LIE. It wasn't until I told myself that I wanted to run a 5K just for the hell of doing it, no matter how fat i was that I finally figured out the whole "lifestyle" change thing. And I'm still figuring it out.

Reactions from Readers on the WAOD Facebook Fan Page

Alas, nothing brings the clicks and cash like bashing black women, a pastime all that aren't black women can enjoy guilt free, like air popped popcorn (that us fat black women don't eat, because that's too low cal and we don't eat things that aren't fried). Call me when these concern trolls put their money where their mouths are and start up a chain of sliding-scale priced gyms in low income areas with on-site childcare and food co-ops attached. Saidah

 Funny, I don't see anyone in the root's lineup offering to watch someone's kids so they can get some exercise or cook a 'heart-healthy' meal or get extra sleep (sleep deprivation can make weight gain much more likely.) Tawonya

 It is all about ad dollars and not about improving health or wellness. Joy

I will end with this.  

We will not go quietly into the night while this racist BMI-based definition of wellness gets imposed to define our bodies as abhorrent. We will fight you on Facebook. We will fight you on Twitter. From every blogpost to every email. We will fight you in the streets and in the towers. We will fight you in the hills, the valleys, the alleys in front of Salleys... Beauty Supply. Viva la Resistance!!!!.... Oh wait, I'm retiring from blogging... eh hem .. We will fight you until I retire!

Reader Comments (4)

The Root is nothing but the WP in Blackface; why they pretend to be so innovative and creative is puzzling.

As another person here mentioned, there are various reasons why our sisters are overweight, however, I see that those who choose to attack us for our weight never, NEVER look at the experience of trauma as a possible major contributor, i.e., child sexual or physical abuse, witnessing the death of a sibling or parent, domestic violence, genetics, salt, sugar and other chemicals in food that cause a person to crave, etc.

However, I'm beginning to see red now and I'm a very thin sister; to The Root, WHY NOT FOCUS YOUR JOURNALISTIC SKILLS ON THE HUNDREDS OF MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD WOMEN AND GIRLS? Why not cover the case of the woman in "Stand Your Ground" Florida who shot a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband, never pointed the gun at a person, never shot a person, yet she faces 20 years in prison?

Too much like right I guess! :( :( :(

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

If the Root focuses on health versus its definition of "fatness", I will be okay with this new series. I don't think we need to focus on how skinny we can get, but rather on how healthy we are. There are bigger women who are healthy -- probably much healthier than some of these bony skeletal women I see walking around.

Be healthy no matter what size you are. Everyone is not going to fit within the BMI ideal weight standards that have been set up by "scientists". That shouldn't be our goal.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLorna Jerome

BRILLIANT IDEA SOMEONE JUST SHARED WITH ME! Why doesn't The Root (otherwise known as "Da Weeds") do a follow up story to the Dunbar Village case! Naw! Too much like right! :(

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

can black women get a break. i'm sick of being dissected can we just be human beings already? we are people too. i'm so tired of this, people are OBSESSED with us!

May 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpumpkin

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