The Corner

Just Say Nosh

In New York, a state lawmaker has proposed a ban on eating food in the New York City subway system. This may or may not be a good idea. I have no opinion, though years of riding on the Metro system in Washington, D.C., have convinced me that it’s possible to keep stations and cars fairly clean and that no-food rules probably help.

At any rate, a NYT op-ed writer chimes in with this helpful point of view, which will help everybody keep their emotions in check:

Worse, the claim that noshing leads to litter and filth harks back to racial and class stereotypes from the Victorian era.

Translation: Trying to keep the subway tidy is offensive to blacks, Hispanics, etc.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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