Food remains key to social-rights battles

Words From: Ron 
Ruggless, 
Southwest 
bureau chief

The fact that a fried chicken breast, two pickles and a buttery bun became the battlefield for one of the past decade’s more divisive social issues, same-sex marriage, can’t be surprising.

For nearly 240 years, foodservice has been a theater in which American rights fights have been waged. Food is woven into the fabric — or the tablecloth, if you will — of American rights experiences, fueling not only the advocates but also the issues themselves.

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