In an effort to woo the extreme-left, Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray is planning a soda tax to fight white privilege.
The original soda tax plan was a two-cents-an-ounce tax on soda sweetened with sugar which would be used to pay for education costs especially in minority communities. But, critics pointed out that mostly minorities and low-income households would have to pay for it, because white people drink diet drinks, reported The Seattle Times.
Under the scrutiny of minority activists and small business owners, the embattled mayor insisted that it was more regressive for minorities living in Seattle to be stuck in failing schools. Looking for a compromise, he found a way to make more white people pay the sugar tax and contribute to minority-majority schools.
Murray expanded the tax to include diet soda, energy and sports drinks including Red Bull and Gatorade, fruit drinks, sweetened ice teas, and bottled coffees sold at Starbucks.
According to Reason, Murray made this issue about identity politics instead of just economics and insisted that it’s become an “issue of equality.” Taxing more sugary drinks has become a way to fight “white privileged institutionalized racism.”
White people drinking Starbucks and paying for minorities schools — this is true justice to the far left.
Despite Murray’s attempts to win people over by looking for ways to make more white people pay for the soda tax. Small business owners have been seen posting up signs reading, “Hey, Mr. Mayor $5 Sodas? UR Pop Tax Sucks!” and have even formed an anti-tax group called “Keep Seattle Livable.”
It appears the people care more about their wallet than the white privilege.