I’m excited about this article for 2 reasons:
- Addressing the problem of muslims selling booze and cigarettes in predominantly poor neighborhoods, committing haram and harming their community.
- Working to shrink the food desert problem in bring access to healthy, fresh produce to places where it’s scarce.
Nashashibi and other activists are backing a bill to create an Illinois Fresh Food Fund, a proposed grant or loan program that would support grocers in neighborhoods that lack easy access to healthy foods. According to the bill, more than half a million Chicagoans — mostly African-American — live in underserved neighborhoods when it comes to proper nutrition.
The campaign offers a solution for a problem that has unfolded in urban neighborhoods across the country for years. Arab Muslims in Chicago are only the latest wave of immigrants to break into business by acquiring affordable real estate and liquor licenses, sometimes leading to tensions in the neighborhoods. For the same reason, Korean merchants in Los Angeles became the target of their black neighbors during the Los Angeles riot in 1992.
Of course, if you want to have your excitement kicked right out of you, just read the comments section on the article. Bah humbug.