The Barbaric History of Sugar in America
How sugar became the “white gold” that fueled slavery — and an industry that continues to exploit black lives to this day.
The New York Times
The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the “white gold” that fueled slavery. “It was the introduction of sugar slavery in the New World that changed everything,” writes Khalil Gibran Muhammad for the #1619Project
Khalil G. Muhammad
and the great team
for #1619Project and for my essay: The Barbaric History of Sugar in America - The New York Times
'The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery' |
#1619project is very powerful and worth a read (or 2--I'm rereading), but sugar essay & Louisiana's prominent role is especially heavy. Should be mandatory reading in schools:
for masterfully-executed, important project.
Dr. David Ludwig
The Triangle of Trade is taught in high school. This powerful piece reviews the history linking sugar & slavery. 👉Brutal worker treatment persists through recent decades. 👉As an aside, why does US sugar industry receive up to $4 billion/y in subsidies?
”June and I hope to create a dent in these oppressive tactics for future generations” -
“...the currency has been the distortion of the past.” Excellent article by
on the history and injustices of the American sugar industry in Louisiana that continue to this day. #1619Project
The sugar trade’s dark ties to slavery—as explored here by Harvard professor and Vera Trustee
—are still evident in the foods we eat, the products we use, and the prison labor we profit from.
A worthwhile read by
of the brutal history of #sugar production using slaves, aka "white gold" in America. In a cruel twist of fate, sugar is linked to #diabetes, #obesity & #cancer and these diseases significantly kill more black people.
Khalil G. Muhammad
“Most of these stories of brutality, torture and premature death have never been told in classroom textbooks or historical museums. They have been refined and whitewashed in the mills & factories of Southern folklore.”
The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery, by
The history and historical role of sugar is so fascinating ... not such a big deal economically any more but still such a huge influence on nutrition, health, and human ecology.
Barbaric history of sugar in US. And note the $4 billion annual subsidy to sugar. Since the $4b cut to dev. assist. is off the table for now (prior tweet), how about going after the sugar subsidies? Good for the US waistline too.
Robert L. Trivers
SUGER, SLAVERY AND THE US OF A
John Wesley Lowery
The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery.