The Third Rail of the American Blogsphere

I've been meaning to shout the Postbourgie podcast. This particular episode features a discussion on American Taliban and the perils of discussing the BMI. That last part springs from Monica Potts' post (which I generally agreed with) on BMI a few weeks back, and the shitstorm that ensued. I was thinking yesterday about topics, on this blog, which are always hard to discuss. It's weird because people always say "race is hard to talk about." I haven't found that to be true. I have found that obesity is, far and away, the hardest issue.


It's pretty clear that there's been some sort of cultural overlap between what we consider healthy and what some of us consider attractive. I say "some of us" because, in all honesty, this has all been a dose of culture-shock for me. I would not go so far as to say that black people don't have their shares of issues about weight, but it plays out a lot differently (though not necessarily better) for us. 

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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