In his book Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America, writer and activist Tim Wise points to how racism can explain a lot about the class divide in this country and cruelty towards/apathy about those who live in poverty. As he writes, “The development of the class structure in the United States has been, from the beginning, interwoven with the development of white supremacy,” and shoring up class division has had a role in preserving power and privilege of ruling elites. Race historically was used to divide rural White farmers and Black farmers in the days of the populist movement. Professor Ian Haney Lopez observes in this audio segment about “dog whistle politics,” that politicians continue to use language that plays to underlying racial fears of working and middle class whites. For this reason, The Center for Social Inclusion advocates for building rural-urban partnerships to create a more just food system (see Building the Case for Racial Equity in the Food System). Consider how race and class interact in your food systems work/volunteerism/ studies. How are you currently building, or could you imagine building, connections and power across race and class to transform the food system?