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Is apple pie racist? Column claiming dish has colonial roots sparks debate

By Gino Spocchia,Independent

Social media users react to viral article by Indian-British food writer after he calls popular dessert a product of ‘stolen land, wealth and labour’

Apple pie has been at the centre of a debate about racism after it was claimed the dish has colonial roots, in an article that has been widely shared on social media.

Food writer and activist Raj Patel, in an article about “food injustice” in The Guardian on 1 May, argued that apple pie was born of American colonialism and slave labour.

The article, titled “Food injustice has deep roots: let’s start with America’s apple pie”, also alleged that American food culture and identity were suffering from an “amnesia” about its colonial roots.


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