vegan people of color

Different Varieties of Carnists
  • <p> <b>Guilty Carnist:</b> Only buys free range chicken and eggs and grass fed cows because they believe that that actually makes a difference.<p/><b>Lazy Carnist:</b> They would go vegan but, you know, BACON!!<p/><b>Respectable Carnist:</b> Says things like "I'll respect your diet and you respect mine." or "Don't judge my personal choices." Even though their "personal choices" hurt animals and the environment.<p/><b>Hypocrite Carnist:</b> Believes animal abuse is wrong and takes shorter showers because they care about the environment. Fails to realize that eating meat and animal products contributes to the worse type of animal abuse and climate change.<p/><b>Guilty Carnist:</b> Constantly on the defense when you bring up veganism. Feels like you're attacking them just by eating vegan yogurt.<p/><b>Angry Carnist:</b> Randomly starts yelling at you about how you're shoving your beliefs down their throat. Will bring up you being vegan at the most random of times. Constantly harasses you throughout the day about the food you eat. Will commonly say that you going vegan isn't making a difference.<p/><b>Dr. Carnist:</b> Pretends to be concerned about your health by constantly inquiring about your protein intake. Will tell you being vegan is not sustainable and that you'll suffer from malnutrition. Considers raising your kids vegan to be child abuse. Tells you that the hormones in soy are bad for you, all while failing to realize that their meat, eggs, and milk are pumped with way more hormones that soy is. Says being vegan is unhealthy but ignores the fact that heart disease and diabetes are America's number one killers and they are both atributed to meat and dairy consumption.<p/><b>Activist Carnist:</b> Will try and argue that being vegan is a privilege. Will claim that the vegan diet is more expensive and not affordable for everyone, even though they have never bothered to research affordable vegan options. Also will erase vegans of color by suggesting that only white people are vegan and say that we are attacking other people's cultures. All this while not realizing that many poc are vegan.<p/><b>Immature Carnist:</b> Will resort to dumb jokes about vegans eating rabbit food. When animal suffering is brought up they will still say things like "mmmm" or "animal suffering taste great" or "I don't care". They will commonly say that vegan food is gross, even though they themselves eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc.<p/><b>Curious Carnist:</b> What most vegans are before they become vegan. A meat eater who is interested in learning more about veganism and is genuinely concerned about their harmful impact on the animals and the environment. Will most likely end up being either vegan or vegetarian.<p/><b></b> Inspired by "Different Varieties of Vegans" by @vegan-confessions<p/></p>
Dear anti-vegans

Monetarily-okay+ people: stop using poor people, migrant workers (be it crops or animal agriculture), persons from impoverished or “less developed” nations as your “reason you can’t go vegan”.

Able bodied and/or minded people: stop using disabled people (body and/or minded), vegan or not, as your “reason you cannot go vegan”.

People not living in food desserts or who don’t suffer from limited access to food that isn’t just fast food and processed goods: stop using people in these areas (and who most likely have lower incomes) as “reasons you cannot go vegan”.

People from richer countries, especially that benefit most from white and rich privilege: stop using indigenous persons like the Inuit and other hunter-gatherer style persons as your “reason you cannot go vegan”.

White people: stop erasing vegans of color and their history, religions, ideologies and very existence as “reasons you cannot go vegan”.

People who do not have restrictive time schedules (I.E.: work three jobs) or unhelpful/neglectful parents, friends, etc: stop using people who literally have no time or a support system as your “reason you can’t go vegan”.

People who don’t suffer from restriction to access of education, nutritional information, health care benefits and the like: stop using persons who don’t have access to these things as your “reason to not be vegan”.

Stop using actual or legitimate reasons an individual may not be able to vegan, currently or ever, as your excuse if it does not fucking effect you.

At least be honest and say it’s because you don’t care or are selfish. Appropriating another person’s very real reasons they may not be able to abide by veganism is oppressive, erasing and makes you an actual butt wipe.

huffingtonpost.com
This Woman Is Making Black People More Visible In The Vegan Movement
Aph Ko is declaring that Black Vegans Rock with her new digital platform.

On a mission to spotlight vegan people of color, Aph Ko created Black Vegans Rock because “[a] lot of black people wanna become vegan, [but] when you go online and you look around, you’re kind of confronted with this really white-centered version of veganism.” 

Read The Huffington Post’s article to see how Ko is shaping the picture of veganism.

“My brothers. My sisters. My non-binary siblings I love you.
I love you so much
I want to go out
And burn shit up
Eat every rainbow
That’s left because I’m too scared
All we’ll have in that flag
Is red.
Mis hermanos, te amo.
You built this country
With scarred hands,
You just want to be looked at
For who you are.
Not for where you’re from.
You are more than just papers,
You are fucking beautiful.
My black and brown siblings,
I love you. I love you so much and I’m gonna fight with you.
In the New Jim Crow
You are a 24/7 warrior
On every block, at every corner,
At your own damn house,
Fear is your shadow
And this country was never safe for you.
Love from vanilla’s like me
Ain’t enough to stop that fear
This is why at every rally,
At every action our bodies
Have to become your shields.
Use us. We fucking owe you that.
My nonhumans, you are
the trillions forgotten but your faces are an imprint
On my pillow and every night,
I love you.
Since the dawn of day our
species has given you dark,
Turning your bodies into consumable things.
Fuck that, I’m an animal too, and I won’t let you down.
Hey, yes, hate may have won tonight,
But it can’t trump our love.”
By Raffaella Ciavatta of Collectively Free

Hi, I’m Paula and I’m 22 years old. I transitioned into a vegan lifestyle on May 15, of 2013 by watching Gary Yourofsky’s speech. I was actually trying to eat healthier and every thing changed when one night I came across a video which I don’t remember of anymore showing farm animals being abused. That is the first time I heard the term vegan. I had no idea such things existed and I knew I had to continue learning about this the next day. The next day I decided to sit down in my living room connect my YouTube to my tv and search up more about what I had watched the night before. Then I came across Gary Yourofsky’s speech and that video would completely change my outlook on life, it was a moment of awakening. I was a person that ate animal products everyday, who grew up with dishes full of meat every holiday since I am Mexican and that is how I was always accustomed. That day though I told myself, “Ok I don’t know that much about veganism at the moment, I don’t know what I’m going to eat or where to start but I know for sure that I’m never going to support those industries again.” I became vegan from one day to another and it was a easy transition for me because I knew why I was going vegan solely because of the animals, and that was the biggest motivation for me. When I finished watching the speech I was a different person. I couldn’t believe how I never knew about what I had just watched, I cried the whole way through the 5 minute video, I felt as if I had some blindfolds taken off me. I knew I had to show the video to my family. My sister and mom ended up watching it and my sister transitioned into a vegan lifestyle that same day with me. My family have slowly been transitioning and are much more aware than they ever were and are more compassionate. They’re very supportive and along the way we have discovered so many new foods and way of living. Right after making that transition so many doors opened up for me, I connected to nature in a way I had never done before, I became more aware of what I put in my body, how other beings and the planet were being affected. I connected more to my heart which I had been disconnected from for a very long time. I was heavily conditioned all my life and yet was able to change my eating habits. I continue being vegan to this day because I always have the animals and planet in mind. I have learned so much and continue to do so. I feel as if I never lost anything but gained so much more. My family and I have veganized so many dishes we used to eat like tamales, pozole, mole enchiladas tacos etc. and it all tastes better without the cruelty. We continue to discover vegan restaurants and products and recipes and feel as if we enjoy and eat better now than before. It’s always possible to change deep rooted customs I myself did and it has only lead me to a more peaceful, loving life full of awareness. Veganism was the catalyst for all I have learned and changes I have made from that year of 2013 to now and helped become more of the person I truly am. @paula-marianne

i’m not interested in your veganism if you discuss animal cruelty but do not discuss the system of oppression that exploits people of color and animals. if you’re vegan because you care about the animals, but routinely ignore the injustices that people of color experience, you can go ahead and fuck off. because capitalism in our society is a system based on the exploitation of people and animals. there is no room for compassion for animals or justice for the people of color.

if your veganism does not recognize the intersectionality of the way people are oppressed and animals are oppressed, in different but valid ways, then i don’t want to hear shit you have to say.

you know whats really funny to me

i’ve never really met a pissy vegan ((unless you insulted them))

but i’ve met a shit ton of really rude meat eaters who insult and berate vegans, or say “oh well now we found the vegan” whenever someone says something along the lines of animal rights

youarehomeformenow  asked:

Is it wrong for me to cosplay as Zoe Washburne from Firefly if I'm white? I have the curly hair, which is one reason why I was attracted to that character (besides her overall badassery), but I'm concerned that it will be seen as offensive since I'm not a POC and Gina Torres is. Am I overreacting or is this worry based in actual reasons?

AGAIN, THERE’S A WAY TO DO JUST ABOUT ANY COSPLAY WITHOUT DOING BLACKFACE, AND IF THERE ISN’T, IT’S NOT A COSPLAY YOU CAN DO. IF YOU’VE GOT ZOE’S CLOTHES AND HAIR AND ACCESSORIES AND YOU PUT ALL OF THEM ON, I’M SURE PEOPLE WILL GET WHO YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE EVEN IF YOU DON’T DARKEN YOUR SKIN TO MATCH HERS!

IT REMINDS ME OF AN EXPERIENCE I HAD ONCE. I WAS WAITING IN A TRAIN STATION FOR MY GIRLFRIEND AND I WASN’T AWARE THAT THE WIZARD WORLD COMIC CONVENTION WAS IN TOWN. A DUDE WALKS UP FROM THE PLATFORM WEARING A PUNISHER T-SHIRT WITH A SUPER-REALISTIC PROP GUN IN EACH HAND, TWO HOLSTERED PROP GUNS ON HIS HIPS, AND THREE PROP RIFLES ON HIS BACK. 

MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS “OH MY GOD, I’M GOING TO DIE HERE TODAY.” THEN I SAW A HAWKGIRL COSPLAYER WALK UP BEHIND HIM AND MY NEXT THOUGHT WAS “OH THANK GOD, EITHER THERE’S A CONVENTION IN TOWN OR HAWKGIRL IS HERE AND EITHER WAY I’M PROBABLY SAFE.”

BUT THE EXPERIENCE GOT ME THINKING, AND I SPENT THE REST OF MY TIME IN THE TRAIN STATION LOOKING AT HOW MANY OF THE COSPLAYERS WERE CARRYING HYPER-REALISTIC PROP GUNS, MANY OF WHICH DID NOT HAVE THE MANDATORY ORANGE TIP. ONE IN PARTICULAR STUCK OUT. THERE WAS A MAN IN FULL COSPLAY, HEAD-TO-TOE, MASTER CHIEF’S BODY ARMOR FROM HALO, AND IN HIS HANDS WAS A HYPER-REALISTIC ASSAULT RIFLE. 

I REMEMBER LOOKING AT THAT AND THINKING “DID HE THINK PEOPLE WOULDN’T GET IT WITHOUT THE GUN?” DID HE THINK IF HE WAS WALKING AROUND A COMIC BOOK CONVENTION IN FULL MASTER CHIEF ARMOR WITH NO GUN, PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW HE WAS FROM HALO? LIKE, MAYBE THEY’D LOOK AT HIM AND THINK “HE’D BE MASTER CHIEF IF HE HAD A GUN! I GUESS HE’S COSPLAYING AS UNARMED MASTER CHIEF!”

SO THAT’S WHAT I’D SAY ABOUT COSPLAYING A CHARACTER OF COLOR AS A WHITE PERSON. IF YOU DO EVERYTHING BUT PUTTING ON BLACKFACE OR BROWNFACE OF REDFACE OR YELLOWFACE MAKEUP, WILL PEOPLE STILL “GET” IT? IF SO, DRESS AS THE CHARACTER WITHOUT THE MAKEUP. IF NOT, DON’T DRESS AS THAT CHARACTER. 

THAT’S NOT TO SAY YOU CAN’T DO BLACKFACE WITHOUT USING ANY MAKEUP AT ALL, BUT THAT’S A DIFFERENT POST FOR A DIFFERENT DAY AND IT’S NOT REALLY APPLICABLE IN YOUR SITUATION.

I’D SAY IF YOU DO DECIDE TO DRESS AS ZOE, BE AWARE THAT THE COSPLAY CAN’T AND SHOULDN’T BE 100% ACCURATE. THE FACT THAT YOU’RE WHITE AND GINA TORRES IS AFRO-LATINA IS NOT A DISCREPANCY YOU CAN OR SHOULD TRY TO CORRECT. YOU’RE BASICALLY MAKING A CHOICE BETWEEN WHICH CRITICISM YOU WANT TO GET. ARE YOU MORE COMFORTABLE WITH HARDCORE COSPLAY JERKS SAYING YOUR COSPLAY IS INACCURATE BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T ALTER YOUR SKIN, OR WOULD YOU PREFER ORDINARY FOLKS GET MAD AT YOU FOR DOING BLACKFACE?

IF NEITHER OPTION IS ACCEPTABLE TO YOU, DON’T DO THE COSTUME. IF IT’S ME (AND IT’S NOT, ALTHOUGH I’D MAKE A MEAN WASH IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF), I’D RATHER ELITIST JERKS THINK I’M NOT HARDCORE ENOUGH BECAUSE I DIDN’T DO BLACKFACE THAN HAVE ORDINARY PEOPLE THINK I’M RACIST BECAUSE I DID.

ANYWAY, MY POINT IN ALL THIS IS THAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO ANYTHING YOU’RE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH. I’M ALSO A WHITE PERSON AND I CAN’T TELL YOU WITH ANY AUTHORITY WHAT “COUNTS” AND WHAT DOESN’T. IF YOU THINK YOU’RE CROSSING A LINE BY DRESSING AS ZOE EVEN WITHOUT BLACKFACE, MAYBE YOU SHOULDN’T DO THE COSPLAY. IF YOU DON’T THINK YOU’RE CROSSING A LINE, THEN DO THE COSPLAY.

PEOPLE MIGHT DISAGREE WITH YOU ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT IT’S CROSSING A LINE NO MATTER WHAT YOU DECIDE TO DO. HONESTLY, I MIGHT NOT EVEN AGREE WITH YOU. I DON’T KNOW VERY MUCH ABOUT YOU, SO I CAN’T SAY FOR SURE. WHAT I WILL SAY IS THAT IF YOU THINK “AM I CROSSING A LINE HERE?” AND YOU DECIDE YOU’RE NOT, THERE’S GOING TO BE PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH YOU, AND IF THOSE PEOPLE GET UPSET, YOU CAN’T CLAIM IGNORANCE. YOU CONSIDERED THEIR POINT OF VIEW AND DECIDED IT WAS WRONG. 

IT’S OKAY TO DO THAT SOMETIMES, IN FACT IT’S NECESSARY TO DO MOST THINGS BECAUSE THERE’S NOT A POSSIBLE ACTION UNDER THE SUN THAT NOBODY DISAPPROVES OF, BUT IF YOU’RE THINKING “SHOULD I DO THIS THING OR NOT,” THEN YOU’LL FIND YOUR ANSWER BY ANSWERING THE QUESTION “AM I OKAY WITH SAYING THAT THE PEOPLE WHO’LL BE UPSET BY THIS ARE WRONG TO BE UPSET?” FOR EXAMPLE, I’M OKAY WITH EATING HONEY EVEN THOUGH I KNOW IT’LL UPSET MANY (BUT DEFINITELY NOT ALL) VEGANS, AND MANY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO VAPE ON THE SUBWAY KNOWING FULL WELL IT WILL UPSET ME. AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED, THE VAPERS ARE JERKS AND I’M JUST A GUY WHO KNOWS WHAT KIND OF CHEERIOS ACTUALLY TASTE GOOD. THE VAPERS PROBABLY THINK THEY’RE IN THE CLEAR, AND THE SMALL FACTION OF VEGANS PROBABLY THINK I’M THE JERK. 

MAYBE TALK TO SOME PEOPLE OF COLOR AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY THINK, AND BE AWARE THAT THEY DON’T SPEAK FOR THEIR WHOLE ETHNICITY AND NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY, THERE’S GOING TO BE PEOPLE THE SAME RACE AS THEM WHO DISAGREE. 

ANYHOW. MY APOLOGIES FOR THE WALL OF TEXT, BUT IN SUMMARY, “I DO NOT HAVE A DEFINITE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION.”

whoaitspatricia  asked:

You do realize that not everyone can afford a vegan lifestyle, right? It's definitely not accessible...

Well, it just so happens that I wrote about this on my facebook page a couple of weeks ago. So here goes:

I’m a disabled person of color living under financial duress, and vegan. Suggesting that being vegan and supporting animal rights is inherently a result of white, abled or middle class privilege, means that you’re erasing the experiences and opinions of people of color, disabled people and others who are vegan. It means you’re tokenizing us and our experience in order to accommodate your views.

Does veganism suggest some form of privilege? Yes. But so do most things posted and advocated on this page. Being a feminist requires privilege. Being anti-racist requires privilege. Being an activist requires privilege. Identifying as bisexual or trans requires privilege. Being online requires privilege! For heaven’s sake, writing and publishing a book requires enormous privilege. If you’re comfortable being on this page without calling me out on my privilege regarding any of those things, but feel compelled to call me out about veganism, better check yourself.

Veganism can be intersectional.
Veganism can be feminist.
Veganism can be anti-racist and anti-colonialist.
Veganism can be all these things and many more.

When discussions about veganism are shut down so automatically, it makes me suspect that the real issue here is less about racism, ableism or classism than it’s about maintaining people’s deeply-ingrained complicity in animal exploitation and slaughter.

Do people face barriers around veganism? Yes. Not everyone can be vegan. Concessions often have to be made.

Presuming that I advocate the contrary without having asked me about it or troubled to learn more about my position means you’re automatically putting me on the defense for being vegan. It means no matter what I think, say or do - no matter how I practice my veganism or animal rights advocacy, I’m going to be accused of these things.

It means the issue here is not truly justice. It is not a discussion. It is about perpetuation of animal exploitation and slaughter.

anonymous asked:

Are the people saying you have to be vegan implying you should be speaking up for the females of every species?

i guess? to address that idea though:

the separation of women and men, males from females, is a human social construct that does not exist in the animal world (humans are animals obviously, but you know what i mean)

calling all animals with vaginas “females” or “women” is applying the human structure of sexing/gendering the body to animals, not to mention the obvious transmisogynistic and cissexist undertones to that entire idea, using vaginas as a standard for defining womenhood/femaleness

you can’t include animals in your advocacy for “women” because animals do not have gender, gender is a human social construct.

and don’t even get me started on the exploitation of humans in the food industry, by and large people of color. 

-queercomrade

anonymous asked:

Really glad you reblogged that post with the vegan cookbooks. I often hear people say shit like "Veganism is for white people.", when in reality there's actually far more vegan/vegetarian restaurants owned by people of color. I think that stereotype comes from the fact that white people are often associated with "healthy eating" and such, which is hilarious because do they even know where quinoa and chia seeds come from?

Right?? A lot of vegan recipes come from non white cookbooks and ingredients, etc. Being vegan is not a “white thing”. I’ll try to re log more in the future

- Susie