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Culinary ignorance can breed racism

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20.09.2021

One would think that a man who has two Pulitzer Prizes under his belt would be judicious enough to do some research before writing an opinion piece in The Washington Post.

But not only did Weingarten have the audacity to club anchovies and blue cheese together as foods that didn't suit his palate, he decided to club all "Indian food" in a category and call it so bad that it couldn't knock "a vulture off a meat wagon." "It is as though the French passed a law requiring a wide swath of their dishes to be slathered in smashed, pureed snails," wrote Weingarten recently about Indian food.

While Weingarten would claim that this was written in good humor, the line that got Indians riled up was this: "Indian food… the only ethnic cuisine in the world insanely based entirely on one spice."

Some people will say that Weingarten was mistaken. The Washington Post even issued an apology and a correction, but it still doesn't dismiss the racist undertones of the article.

It is time we hold people like Weingarten accountable for their views. Labeling Indian food as based on one........

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