February 28th

Isaiah J.

Juan R.

February 28th, 2018

Food and Social Class



This has become a big problem because while food deserts are often short on whole food providers, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, instead, they are heavy on local quickie marts that provide a wealth of processed, sugar, and fat laden foods that are known contributors to our nation’s obesity epidemic. The food desert problem has in fact become such an issue that the USDA has outlined a map of our nation’s food deserts, which I saw on Mother Nature Network.



Too many Americans are overweight and eat unhealthy food, a problem that falls disproportionately on poor and low-income people. Many have blamed the existence of “food deserts”—disadvantaged neighborhoods that are underserved by quality grocery stores, and where people’s nutritional options are limited to cheaper, high-calorie, and less-nutritious food.



“The other defining characteristic of food deserts is socio-economic: that is, they are most commonly found in communities of color and low-income areas (where many people don’t have cars). Studies have found that wealthy districts have three times as many supermarkets as poor ones do, [2] that white neighborhoods contain an average of four times as many supermarkets as predominantly black ones do, and that grocery stores in African-American communities are usually smaller with less selection. [3] People’s choices about what to eat are severely limited by the options available to them and what they can afford—and many food deserts contain an overabundance of fast food chains selling cheap “meat” and dairy-based foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt. Processed foods (such as snack cakes, chips and soda) typically sold by corner delis, convenience stores and liquor stores are usually just as unhealthy.”



In our research we found that a lot of food deserts occur in the middle of the U.S. toward the easter side, where it is more country and it’s more rural than being in the city. And even if you are in a city, you can still be in a food desert (according to theAtlantic.com). Food deserts have to do with social class because if you are of low income then you have a higher chance of being in an area that lacks nutritious foods and produce. It depends on where you are and what you can afford. According to foodispower.org, we found that food desserts are socio-economic meaning that they are commonly found in communities of color and low-income areas. In the website foodispower.com it states, “Healthier foods tend to be more expensive than unhealthful foods, particularly in food deserts.” which means it is less likely that lower class people eat healthily. I personally work at an organic restaurant where they advertise their food as healthy, where they have vegan, gluten free options, and tons of additions. This comes at a hefty price though, salads and vegan burgers are sold for around $13 dollars, and if you want anything on it, you’ll be looking at a $20-30 burger or salad. Only people with enough money eat there, and it shouldn’t be that way because I see people I know struggling to pay for basic necessities when people are overpaying for food.


The study reinforces the notion that food deserts are disproportionately found in disadvantaged neighborhoods. It finds that more than half (55 percent) of all ZIP codes with a median income below $25,000 fit the definition of food deserts—that’s more than double the share of food-desert ZIP codes across the country as a whole (24 percent).


Metropolitan Ave Bodega, Brooklyn

Reference List


Food Deserts. (2018). Food Deserts Web. Food Empowerment Project. Retrieved from http://www.foodispower.org/food-deserts/

Florida, Richard. (2018). Food Deserts Exist. But Do They Matter? Web. The Atlantic. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/01/food-deserts/551138/

USDA Defines Food Deserts. (2015). USDA Defines Food Deserts Web. American Nutrition Organization. Retrieved from http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/usda-defines-food-deserts


February 26th

Food and Social Class:

In my family culture, we are pretty Americanized and eat a variety of foods. One family food that was passed down on my grandfather’s side of the family for generation is Gumbo. My grandfather is from Louisiana and Gumbo used to be the dish that their family always ate. Gumbo is a West African dish. Foods can be representative of our cultural status in society because culture involves the types of foods we eat. However, foods can be sometimes and sometimes not representative of our social status because anyone can eat anything at any time. In contrast, our eating habits every day can contribute towards social status and identity.

February 21

Seeing and Being Seen

In the course of my life I have felt tokenized because of my physical appearance because I am tall. For example, playing basketball in my youth days I was seen as a good choice for a team because being tall as a first impression for a basketball player means an advantage. This is all based off of first impression of my physical appearance. Also, I felt used, but in a good way. When people first meet me, I feel like they see me as a tall and slim.

The the perceptions that I think people have of me sometimes is that they think I am shy. However, it’s not that I am shy, it’s that maybe I just don’t want to engage with you in particular. Also, I think of myself as half introvert and half extrovert because I can always adapt to different people and environments based on my mood. I feel that we just live in a judge-mental  society and everyone is always going to have judgements which is also fine. However, when people don’t keep those judgements to themselves and say them to the person, it may be inaccurate or unfair to the person.

February 16th


  1. (Helen Mar, personal communication, June 30, 2011).
  2. Mack, Toni. (1997, May). Culture Shock. Forbes, 188, 188-90.
  3. Simpson, J. (2006). Chronicler of Culture Shock. Time. p. 156. Academic retrieved from Academic Search Premier.
  4. Wright, R. (2005). Going to Teach in Prisons: Culture Shock. Journal of Correctional Education, 56(1), 19-38. Abstract retrieved from Academic Search Premier.

February 12th – Audio Essay Script

Audio Essay Script:

My audio essay is about me and who I am as a person. Moreover, this essay will describe how I developed as human being over the course of my youth. Also, this essay will create a short journey to who I aspire to be in life. There will be some conflicts about when I was at my lowest during my path into becoming a adult. Overall, the main part about my essay is that I will share the different teachers who’ve shaped who I am today and helped create my path.

One of the learning experiences I will talk about will be about how I learned from some of my mistakes I’ve made during my journey. Also, I might include what my culture is like in my introduction to offer some cultural understanding to the audience. This narrative will be a short timeline of the main parts and a few important moments in my life. In addition, I plan to make my audio essay connect smoothly together. This may be my favorite essay yet, we’ll see.


February 9th – Free Write

The different teachers who’ve shaped who I am today and helped create my path.

  • My grandmother always taught me to become an adventurous person.
  • My mom has taught me to always try new things.
  • My dad has taught me to always seize every opportunity and taught me the fundamentals in life.
  • My dog helped me to be a better caring person overtime.
  • My brother has always introduced me into the more creative aspects in life and share interesting new things in world.
  • My sister helped me to become a more responsible person in life.
  • My cat has taught me to become more selfish in a good way.
  • My grandfather taught me to become a honest young man.


Outline –


  • Who I am as a person and who I aspire to be.


  • Discuss what my different teachers have taught me.


  • The plan for my future.


February 7th Audio Essay Thoughts

The main expectations for the Audio Essay is to reveal some insights about my life and my friends. I think that this will be an enjoyable essay because I love writing narratives. Some of the strengths I would have during this projects is brainstorming my experiences and making this a thoughtful short audio essay overall. A few challenges I might have would be making my voice project the right way in terms of an audio essay, but I will adjust. This is the first time doing this type of essay, but I am willing to try new things. However, what type of music are we allowed to add other than just natural sounds?

February 5th – Peer Summary Response

In Cooper’s summary, he addresses that Americans seem to convey the idea that they care about social class, but they only care about themselves. Also, he reflects how it amazes him that the color of someone’s skin still affects how someone thinks of them. I agree with the fact that most Americans only care about themselves at the end of the day because American culture can be greedy. In addition, I am also shocked in how there is still racism going on in the world still. Ultimately, I believe that we need to teach our next generation about getting rid of racism.