Liberal Groups Take Issue with ‘Racist’ School Lunch Milk
Over two dozen civil rights groups have formally requested that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) addresses “dietary racism” in school lunch programs. Their issue is a National School Lunch Program (NSLP) policy that requires dairy milk to be given to students by default.
In their letter to the USDA’s Equity Commission, the coalition said the NSLP’s incentive to provide dairy milk is “inherently inequitable and socially unjust” because minority children are more likely to be lactose intolerant than white children.
“It is hard to imagine a more inequitable and socially unjust USDA practice than the force feeding of milk to [minority] children in our schools,” the letter reads.
They are urging the USDA to designate soy milk as an official substitute in the NSLP.
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