NAACP and the Soda Industry: Where’s the Leadership?

In a piece for the Huffington Post, Sonia Ospina calls the civil rights group’s alignment with the soda industry an example of “leadership failure” — but the NAACP isn’t alone. Ospina outlines a five-point plan for everyone involved in this story.

New York Times article this week, “In N.A.A.C.P., Industry Gets Ally Against Soda Ban,” seems to indicate a leadership failure across sectors.

According to the article, the New York chapter of the NAACP and the Hispanic Federation, two institutions committed to representing the interests of African Americans and Latinos, joined the soda industry in fighting a New York City government ban on big sodas. This is despite the fact that African Americans and Latinos are collectively approaching a 70 percent obesity rate in the city, a figure even worse in many low-income areas.


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