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the vegan movement is very white


the vegan movement is very white


veganism is not immune to colonization by white people but its origins do not run white

the origins of ethical veganism lie in Black activism and the cultures of People of Color all around the world including the Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Rastafarianism religions, the Diné and Choctaw tribes, and more.

in the zine “Veganism as Anti-Colonial Praxis”, Samah Seger writes “veganism offers an opportunity to disrupt colonial logic by challenging the most basic building blocks of colonialism, which reduce all life forms to mere objects for capitalist exploitation.” she and the other Indigenous authors continue to outline the many horrific ways that animal agriculture has been — and is still used — to further colonial violence. 

ideologies like Black Veganism promote food sovereignty and address structural barriers to help low-income communities transition away from nonnutritious but heavily-subsidized meat and dairy products. meanwhile, the devastating result of mass meat and dairy consumption in the west is disproportionately harming People of Color in the Global South.  

white non-vegans often tokenize and homogenize People of Color in order to justify their own inaction and lack of responsibility for harm that they choose to perpetuate. white people: romanticizing Indigenous cultures that hunted to survive is a form of covert racism. IT IS NOT ALLYSHIP.

more information / sources

Veganism as Anti-Colonial Praxis: A Collection of Indigenous Vegan Perspectives zine

The Unbearable Whiteness of Milk: Food Oppression and the USDA

Animal Bodies, Colonial Subjects: (Re)Locating Animality in Decolonial Thought

Wikipedia: Black veganism

@aotearoaliberationleague: “As a result of the 2003 US invasion, an estimated 90% of Mandaeans left Iraq. We’re now dispersed around the world, struggling to maintain our traditions and culture. And food has always been central to us. I remember my family’s initial reaction to my veganism: “have we not given up enough?” Yes, we have given so much - but nonviolence is a gift, not a curse, one that can nourish our bodies and our souls. The only thing taken will be the power of our oppressors.”

Food Empowerment Project – Because your food choices can change the world

How Veganism Is Rooted in Black Activism, and Why It Isn’t Just For White People

The Anarchist Library: The Radical Left’s Top 10 Objections to Veganism

Vice: This Indigenous Scholar Says Veganism Is More Than a Lifestyle for White People

BBC: Why black Americans are more likely to be vegan

VegNews: 27 Black Vegan Instagrammers You Need to Follow ASAP

Book: Veganism in an Oppressive World: A Vegans-of-Color Community Project

Book: Veganism of Color: Decentering Whiteness in Human and Nonhuman Liberation

Book: Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society

Book: The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery by Marjorie Spiegel