Here’s Why Black People Don’t Go Vegan
February 5, 2021 at 10:13 AM - Views: 78 #401051eridaniParticipant
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Veganism has been seen as a “white thing” for quite some time, and it’s not completely off. The vegan community is predominantly white. Organizations try their best to stay mindful of diversity, but despite their attempts, veganism is still seen as something for the white and privileged.
Newsflash: veganism is for the privileged. But privilege isn’t always financial. If you’re living such a safe, supported life that you can put the needs of animals before the needs of your community, that’s a privilege.
How can we ask a black teen to fight for animal rights when she’s still getting followed trough department stores? And isn’t it reasonable for someone to care more about systematic imprisonment of males in their community that the welfare of circus animals?
Racism is exhausting. When black people don’t have a basic sense of wellbeing, they can’t care for the wellbeing of others. Until we live in a post-racial society, encouraging African Americans to fight for animal rights when our own welfare is questionable is a strange order of operations.
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction
February 5, 2021 at 10:53 AM #401061HamletParticipant
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And isn’t it reasonable for someone to care more about systematic imprisonment of males in their community that the welfare of circus animals?
- it’s reasonable for people to care about what they care about and not to be shamed for caring about one thing more than another
- circus animals are not being used for food…
I mean…isn’t it reasonable that we care more for chickens that are murdered for meat at 12 weeks (of a 12 year lifespan) then some male in our community that eats a lot of chickens?
February 5, 2021 at 12:51 PM #401084KenTankerousParticipant
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"If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States."
- Henry A. Wallace
(FDR's Vice President until he was forced out by the corrupt forces of obscene wealth.)
February 5, 2021 at 2:18 PM #401103
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February 5, 2021 at 2:28 PM #401106Ohio BarbarianModerator
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The other one is like me–omnivorous. I wouldn’t call either one of them “privileged.” It’s a personal choice.
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February 5, 2021 at 2:51 PM #401114
February 5, 2021 at 3:45 PM #401121
..and the author is a black vegan. They should have titled it -“why MORE black people don’t go vegan” instead of making it sound like there are none. Health reasons are a major reason people become vegetarian, it doesn’t have to be about animal rights. Also I don’t know why she was talking about “fresh produce” not being available as a stumbling block. Frozen vegs are almost as good as fresh. Also stuff like peanut butter is vegan. You don’t have to be eating kale and quinoa or whatever the trendy food of the moment is. Most grocery stores now carry soy milk. I became a vegetarian in the early 1980s and you had to go to health food stores to get soy products back then.
February 5, 2021 at 4:14 PM #401124game meatParticipant
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Newsflash: veganism is for the privileged. But privilege isn’t always financial. If you’re living such a safe, supported life that you can put the needs of animals before the needs of your community, that’s a privilege
It isn’t? Ok, I’m intrigued. How does one live a “safe and supported life” without some level of financial stability/privilege? Sounds like a groundbreaking life hack.
What’s funny is I came across an article not that long ago which argued the opposite: that portraying veganism as a “white” thing is both harmful and inaccurate because it marginalizes the large community of vegans of color, and is rooted in white supremacy. :O Hell, it was probably from huffpost too. lol.
February 5, 2021 at 4:31 PM #401126Passionate ProgressiveParticipant
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not a race thing…..The poor (whites, Latino, etc.) don’t go vegan for the same reasons the articles uses to explain blacks not going vegan…
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63
February 5, 2021 at 11:09 PM #401228
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