How Food Brings People Together
Written By Jada Yarbrough
When people hear “food,” they think of numerous meats, vegetables, and other things they can eat. Food is not only known as “what we can eat,” but also known as a way of survival. It is a representation of expression and cultures. There are hundreds of cultures across the world and no two cultures are the exact same. Many cultures are in or have come to the United States. Some of us are unable to travel to other countries and it is brought to us by our local restaurants so we can experience them.
Overall, food brings us together as a human race. It brings us together to fellowship, show love, learn, and eat good. Whether food is being cooked on a stove, grill, or even prepared at a restaurant or catered, it acts as the glue that momentarily holds people together to interact at gatherings, meetings, and even funerals. Majority of the time, there is more than one race, class, or ethnicity, eating at a restaurant. People of all races even support businesses that are owned by black families, Chinese families, white families, or Jamaican families.
When we eat food, we see no color. We get our food and eat it subconsciously because we simply like it or want “something good to eat.” I have heard many people say, “you know if food is there, people will be there.” Food is one of the things in this world that allows people to forget their differences. A black man may not like a white man, but they both are beside each other fixing plates at golden corral. A white man may not like Chinese people, but he still goes to a Chinese restaurant because he likes sesame chicken. Food links us together. We do not see race, class, or ethnicity.
About Jada Yarbrough
Hello! My name is Jada Yarbrough. I am from Roxboro, North Carolina. I am a social work student at North Carolina A&T State University. I am a rising senior and will be graduating in the spring of 2021.