How Black Women Weaponized Grits Against Cheating Men
A brief history of the women seizing this common pantry item—and, with it, power.
Illustration by Alex Cabal
To historian and journalist Cynthia Greenlee, food is about relationships and power. “Who cooks for whom," she asks in a recent story for Munchies, "who can leave the table without cleaning, who picks the strawberries, and who pockets the profits?” Greenlee writes about a particular breakfast staple in southern cuisine that, particularly among black women, has long been used as a weapon against unfaithful or abusive men: grits. On this episode of The VICE Guide To Right Now Podcast, Munchies editor-in-chief Rupa Bhattacharya talks with Greenlee about the history of women seizing this common pantry item—and, with it, power.
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