Fox News is getting some serious flack for a recent guide to the country's "most influential pitmasters and BBQ personalities." Shortly after the list was published, Texas Monthly barbecue editor and Prophets of Smoked Meat author Daniel Vaughn, who was included in the story, noticed something curious about the list: Everyone featured was white.
"America's most influential [white] BBQ pitmasters..." I'm on the list, but not Henry Perry? Child please.http://t.co/m0WKepIgRc
— Daniel Vaughn (@BBQsnob) July 29, 2015
Black chefs are often left out of the conversation, as Michael Twitty has written, but it's particularly problematic in this case, and amplifies a trend that Texas food authority Robb Walsh recently called out on First We Feast: "The national press would have you believe barbecue is dominated by white hipster males," Walsh writes, "but believe it or not, blacks, Latinos, and women are involved in the barbecue biz too."
Twitty addressed the issue in his own post on the invisibility of black chefs, writing: "The face of contemporary barbecue is Aaron Franklin ... not Rodney Scott, nor the many local black pitmasters whose ancestors created the tradition." Which is all to say that the Fox list perpetuates the inaccurate idea that everyone in barbecue who really "matters" is white. That, of course, couldn't be further from the truth, and Vaughn isn't the only one upset about Fox's obvious omissions....
More Fox News white bias.