Whites Protest Fast Food

Posted Mar 13 2006

Protestors call for fair distribution of fast food restaurants. This is a lesson I used to illustrate the use of satire as a form of social commentary via humor. The first page was the prereading handout I gave the students. Under that is the article. Page two is the questions we used. While I acknowledge that many of the answers to the questions are painfully obvious, their purpose is to ensure that the students actually read the article. That is quite an accomplishment for many of the students I work with.

As with speaking, writing is a form of communication, and thus there are many styles. Some are formal while others are informal. Some are serious, while others are playful. The next two readings are satires. Satire is defined as:

1. A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit.
2. Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice, or stupidity.

Essentially, the writer uses humor to make fun of something that they don’t agree with, they’re trying to make light of a situation, or they’re trying to show the stupidity of something.

Some other words to help you out:

Vice: A moral fault or failing
Folly: A lack of good sense
Deride (derision): To laugh at/ridicule
Irony: the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning
Caustic: Marked by sarcasm

By Jeremiah Ento
CHICAGO--More than 500 protestors converged on City Hall Wednesday to demand an equal distribution of fast food restaurants in white neighborhoods.

Holding signs that read: "White People Eat Chicken Too," "No Justice, No Cheese", and "Can't We All Just Get A Two-Piece," members of the Caucasian Coalition For Equal Fast Food Restaurant Distribution (CCFEFFRD) accused Mayor Richard Daley of pandering to Black voters.

"Its not fair that Black people have all these fast food restaurants in their community," said Arnie Wjojick, CCFEFFRD executive director. "Fast food restaurants out number the black-owned homes, three to one. In our neighborhood we only have 1. 5 restaurants, thereby forcing us to have to eat at home more often than Blacks. We feel this is yet another example of reverse discrimination."

Daley through a spokesman refused to comment to a request for an interview. However, in a prepared statement handed to reporters at his daily press briefing the mayor said, "It's the summer and I guess people are running out of causes. Every Chicago neighborhood can't have fried chicken places. We don't think there's a problem. The last time I checked, it only took me five minutes to get to White Castle."

Wjojick said his picketers would continue to protest the city for a fair distribution of fast food restaurants, and vowed to escalate demonstrations even if it meant going to the nation's capitol. His organization, founded 48 hours ago, has written letters to the CEOs of Burger King, McDonalds, Taco Bell, White Castle, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy's, Popeye's, Church's Chicken, as well as to various owners of Chinese restaurants, gyro shops, rib joints and submarine chains.

"Once again, here' another case of Blacks getting special treatment," said Barb Bilandic, a southwest side resident who says she got tired of driving to Black neighborhoods for Kentucky Fried Chicken. "They don't even have to grocery shop for food anymore. Pretty soon they won't even have to leave their houses, they'll be a fast food chain right on their front porches. It's simply not fair to the tax paying white people in this town."

A recent survey by the National Fast Food Markets Association (NFFMA)revealed that fast food chains completely out number grocery stores in the top 27 predominately Black urban U.S. cities. In Atlanta, there are 6.5 fast food franchises for every Black resident, while in Jackson, Mississippi, restaurants outrank Black residents by a four-to one margin.

"Annually, African-Americans spend $40 billion on hamburgers, chicken and Chinese food compared to the $200 million spent by whites," said Carlton Zacharia, chief analyst. "There's nothing wrong with franchises going where the money is. You rarely see any smorgasbords in Asian communities but you don't see them protesting. When whites start eating more fast food, you'll see more restaurants, I'm sure of this."

NFFMA research revealed that of the top ten civil rights organizations, “nine had aggressively lobbying fast food chains to put more franchises in Black neighborhoods,” said Zacharia. “Liquor stores, beauty shops and funeral homes still outrank fast food businesses by a wide margin,” she added.

"The more Black people eat McDonalds, the more money comes into our community. So we say bon appetite," said Kwame Burnside, spokesman for the River North branch of the NAACP. "When white people start eating more fast food, fast food chains will start putting more in the white community. This is all about reciprocity."

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