Seattle Mayor Levies Diet Soda Tax to ‘Tackle White Privilege’ 


From Truth Revolt

It’s a way to fight “white privileged institutionalized racism.”

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has updated the rules of a proposed soda tax — which would fund education for minorities – to include diet drinks in order to combat the systemic racism of whites who tend to consume those more.

Heat Street reports that Murray proposed a soda tax in February that would require distributors of sugary drinks such as Coke and Pepsi, energy drinks like Red Bull, fruit drinks, sweetened teas and bottled coffees such as those sold by Starbucks to pay 2 cents per ounce.

Murray estimated that the tax would rake in $16 million that would go toward education programs aimed at reducing disparities between the city’s white students and students of color.

But since poor minorities consume higher amounts of soda than white residents do, the tax would actually impact those minorities disproportionately. So the mayor updated the…

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