CNN published a report Friday that notes New York City’s ban on sodas more than 16 ounces will hurt minority-owned small businesses. The article cited the NAACP and the Hispanic Federation, which are supporting the American Beverage Association’s lawsuit against the city.
In their jointly-filed amicus brief, the groups argued that minority-owned small businesses will suffer serious consequences with such a law, while its much larger competitors, such as 7-11 and grocery stores, will be able to succeed because they have enough resources to do so.
Although it is definitely true that there will be unintended consequences, the article hinted that the only reason the two groups are fighting against the ban is because Coca Cola has donated tens of thousands of dollars over the past two years to various initiatives by the NAACP and the Hispanic Federation.
Both groups said they agreed that there was a growing epidemic of obesity, but a ban was a step in the wrong direction. Instead, the city should focus on awareness, education and community programs that promote physical fitness and a balanced diet.