Two pastors are going to bat for the Black community’s health. However, is it a inning we’re ready to win? Or will we continue to wait in the dugout and get sick?
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — According to The Root, two pastors — William Lamar, senior pastor at DC’s Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church and Delman Coates, pastor at Maryland’s Mount Ennon Baptist Church — have filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association.
— Richard Holober (@RichardHolober) July 19, 2017
According to the suit, the pastor’s claim that the soda manufacturer deceives customers, in full knowledge about health risks associated with their beverages — ranging from heart disease and diabetes, to stroke and many others in between.
Pastors sue Coca-Cola, alleging that its products are leading to death in Black communities pic.twitter.com/K5XaeLyQ54
— Crystal Johnson (@Crystal1Johnson) July 19, 2017
The source reports that the pastors claim that Coca-Cola ran an ad to confuse customers about the causes of obesity, stating that the company was making it more difficult for them [the pastors] to protect the health of their congregation.
“It’s become really clear to me that we’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets. There’s a great deal of misinformation in our communities, and I think that’s largely a function of these deceptive marketing campaigns.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 17, 2017
However, of course Coca-Cola try to downplay the claims. The company says it is started another journey.
“We support the recommendation of the World Health Organization, that people should limit their intake of added sugar to no more than 10% of their total daily calorie intake. We have begun a journey toward that goal. So we are taking action to offer people more drinks in smaller, more convenient sizes, reducing sugar in many of our existing beverages, and making more low- and no-sugar beverage choices available and easier to find in local stores. We’ll also continue making calorie and nutrition information clear and accessible so people can make more informed choices for themselves and their families without the guess work.”
— KMBC (@kmbc) July 16, 2017
So basically, Coca-Cola is still going to put it out there, manufacture it, and distribute it. And, they’re saying is up to us to “drink responsibly,” in so many words.
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