Council Member Adrienne Adams represents District 28 in Queens. // Photo courtesy of Adrienne Adams

ADAMS: ‘Food Swamps’ and the Danger of Dehumanizing Language

An area that deserves serious attention is the proliferation of dehumanizing language popping up in public discourse. We must actively call out, protest, and reject any rhetoric that reduces individuals or communities of people to anything less than human beings.

The recent report by Public Health Solutions that deems parts of Queens “food swamps,” or neighborhoods where healthy food options are outnumbered by fast food and junk food retailers, is dehumanizing to the people of these communities.

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