This individual is so deep in their own bubble they don’t recognize what they are seeing.
Food that’s bad for you is cheap, a lot because of governmental food subsidies. And calling Dollar General a racist enterprise, or an entity that unintentionally continues racist situations is just this side of crazy. I’d bet that they have no idea the racial makeup of the innumerable small towns that lost their little family markets 20 years ago and are just now getting a Dollar General. They have gone from having no food with a 20 minute drive to at least being able to pick up a slightly more expensive gallon of milk.
They have their cause and effect backwards. These stores don’t sell cheap crappy food because they hate black people, or poor people (Who this writer seems to assume are the same people). The store sell cheap food because the expensive food, or “healthy” food sits on the shelves and rots. I’ve seen it in my own town, whenever the IGA would try to stock something fancier or healthier it wouldn’t sell and end up on clearance.
The suggestion to limit the number of stores per mile does make sense in a zoning sense. But it should apply to CVS and McDonald’s and even Whole Foods.
But they’l never fix how people eat by forcing stores to close or sell something people won’t buy. I can’t stand teh level of moral superiority in this sort of article.