Charles Arnold. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC).
Richmond resident and community activist Charles Arnold is opposed to the ‘Soda Tax’ that will appear on the ballot in November.
Arnold believes the tax will hurt Richmond businesses by steering shoppers to neighboring cities.
“Should the tax pass, neighboring cities will find benefit in soda selling businesses,” he said.
According to Arnold, the most popular source for calories in the American diet is soda and other sugar sweetened beverages.
Nevertheless, he said, it is doubtful the proposed Measure N will deter Richmond citizens from consuming them, and it is certain Measure N will hurt many low-income households in the community who are struggling to make ends meet daily.
“It is malevolent to place an additional burden on the incomes of the poor,” he said.
As an alternative to imposing a tax on soda and other sugary drinks, Arnold encourages community members to educate themselves about the dangers associated with consumption of these beverages and the volume in which they promote body fat.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.