NAACP Questions Racial Fairness of NYC Soda Ban
I could be wrong, but I think this is example 1,876,874 of trying to make everything about race. An NAACP group is now questioning the racial fairness of Mike Bloomberg’s ban of the sale of sodas that are over 16 ounces because they say it will have a more adverse effect on minority businesses. From WTOP:
Opponents of the city’s limit on the size of sugary drinks are raising questions of racial fairness alongside other complaints as the novel restriction faces a court test.
The NAACP’s New York state branch and the Hispanic Federation have joined beverage makers and sellers in trying to stop the rule from taking effect March 12. With a hearing set Wednesday, critics are attacking what they call an inconsistent and undemocratic regulation, while city officials and health experts defend it as a pioneering and proper move to fight obesity.
The actual argument the NAACP is making here is this:
The NAACP and the Hispanic Federation, a network of 100 northeastern groups, say minority-owned delis and corner stores will end up at a disadvantage compared to grocery chains.
“This sweeping regulation will no doubt burden and disproportionally impact minority-owned businesses at a time when these businesses can least afford it,” they said in court papers. They say the city should focus instead on increasing physical education in schools.
Look, I think the soda ban is one of the dumbest things I have ever seen but I am not buying the racial argument. The NAACP is just doing what their irrelevant group always does: inject race into everything. Not buying that nonsense.
This isn’t a story about race, racism, or racial fairness. No, it’s a story about the disastrous effects that excessive regulation and ridiculous government interference can have on a free market. Nothing more.