Bill de Blasio Wants to Protect Black People from Large Sodas

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Bill de Blasio, Jon Stewart

Bill de Blasio doesn’t seem to have heard of parenting. But considering that his daughter became a junkie, it’s not surprising that he’s unfamiliar with the concept.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration urged the state’s highest court on Wednesday to allow New York City to impose former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues.

The proposed ban would prohibit restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums or arenas from selling sugary drinks in cups or containers larger than 16 ounces.

Mr. de Blasio has supported the ban since before he took office on Jan. 1, and on Wednesday said he hoped the court would respect the city’s authority and expertise.

“The city’s proposal to cap the size of sugary drinks responds to the alarming obesity and diabetes crisis” affecting the city’s minority groups, he said.

Big gulps gulped. Minorities hardest hit.

Several judges suggested the large-drink ban could be a slippery slope. “Couldn’t you ban hamburgers altogether from New York City?” Jonthan Lippman, the court’s chief judge, asked.

Richard Dearing, chief of the appeals division at the city’s Law Department, called the question hypothetical, but when Judge Lippman pressed, he replied that the city could “take an appropriate step” if the scientific evidence existed.

“Where do you draw the line?” Judge Lippman asked.

Mr. Dearing said the proposed regulation doesn’t ban sugary drinks altogether but merely restricts portion size. “It’s like a warning label,” he said. “It’s designed to prompt a conscious choice by the consumer.”

A warning label is a label. It’s not a portion ban.

“We are losing the war on obesity … It’s unacceptable,” Bill de Blasio said. “This is a case where we have to get aggressive.”

Shouldn’t Bill start fighting the war on obesity with himself? He’s looking kind of chunky lately.

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  • Rick

    The easiest way to protect black people (or any other people) is:

    - Safe streets so people can walk to exercise and socialize.
    - Safe parks and other public space (see above)
    - booming economy: People with more disposable wealth tend to look at the next steps in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. That would include hobbies, magazines that will run articles on health,etc
    - Lower taxes: The local state and federal government can keep people with high incomes running in the rat race so hard they cannot spend time on exercise and leisure through high taxes. Sure they can afford what they have but they have to work 60 to 80 hours a week. that cuts into taking walks or other exercise you dimwit liberal progs!

  • liz

    They can’t even follow their own logic. They should be encouraging big sodas and obesity – this will kill more environment harming people off, and save the planet!