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Monday, May 8, 2017

Sugary Pop Tax Backfires

Seattle Mayor Taxes "White People"

 To Deflect From This Horrible Scandal

  • 05/08/2017 
  • Source: AAN 
  • by: Remington Strelivo
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Seattle’s liberal mayor, Ed Murray, is pushing a new soda tax—designed to
 target white people and to fight “white privilege.”

Murray’s original soda tax would slap a two-cents-per-ounce tax on soda 
sweetened with sugar or corn syrup, using the funds to pay for schools in
 minority communities. Murray initially touted the plan, which is similar to
 those enacted in several other cities, as discouraging consumption of 
unhealthy drinks and combating diseases like diabetes and obesity.

But critics on the left quickly pointed out that low-income households—which
 are disproportionately minority—consume far more sugary soda, so this tax 
would fall mostly on their shoulders. They reasoned that health-conscience
 white people tend to stick to diet drinks.

In order to fight back “white privileged institutional racism,” Murray amended 
his plan to include all sweetened drinks—including white people-approved
 beverages, including diet soda, Red Bull, ice tea, and bottled coffee. Even
 though those drinks don’t contribute to diabetes or obesity.

Murray faces a rocky road to re-election later this year due to a child sex
 scandal: in the last month, three men have come forward to accuse Murray
 of sexually abusing them when they were teenagers.

As the deadline to file for the election quickly approaches, it’s clear he’s
 leaning heavily on identity politics in order to bolster his chances—even
 as many critics call for him to drop out.