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First Name Basis Podcast

Feb 17, 2021

We’re all familiar with the stereotype that Black people love fried chicken. It has been used to degrade, dehumanize, and uphold racism. But where does this stereotype come from? And why was fried chicken singled out? 

In this episode, we explore the answers to both of these questions and show the role that fried chicken has played in perpetuating white supremacy. Plus, my dad makes an appearance at the end of the podcast to share his perspective too.


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Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode

“Where Did That Fried Chicken Stereotype Come From?” Code Switch Podcast

“‘Writing History With Lightning:’ The Birth of a Nation at 100,” by Rachel Janie, TIME

‘The Birth of a Nation’; The 1915 Film Screened at the White House Depicting Blacks as Savages,” by Michael Eli Dokosi, Face 2 Face Africa

Prejudgements of Those Who Eat ‘Healthy’ vs ‘Unhealthy’ Food for Breakfast,” by Michael E. Oakes and Carole S. Slotterback 

Jubilee,” a cookbook by Toni Tipton-Martin 

‘The Fried Chicken Capital:’ Where Racial Progress Began Along the Rails,” NPR

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 3, Episode 11: “The One Thing I Wish You Knew About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

First Name Basis Podcast, Season 3, Episode 24: “Cancel Culture Pt. 3: Removing Statues

So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo

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Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN