Ok, if you haven’t already, please sign up for an Intro to Racial Diversity and Inclusion in Plant-Based Food Business. We are all the same.” Consider framing a productive answer through anti-racism curriculum: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10643-011-0458-95. It's important especially for white vegans to understand the perspectives of other, black, vegans - where people came from, how they came to veganism, how white colonialism and the history of slavery has affected others. amassing monetary wealth, networking, etc. but the vegan argument will always fall apart, in my eyes, when it comes up against small, family-owned farms that raise their meat animals humanely and eat whole foods themselves. More folk should really read more about this erasure from most K-12 history curriculum in the USA. When I first discovered that there was a book dedicated solely to the voices of Vegan Women of Color and their stories I was overjoyed and Sistah Vegan did not disappoint. Welcome back. a pig is not the same as a displaced, disenfranchised native americ. I am also the editor of "Sistah Vegan" which is the first anthology of its kind to look at how race and gender shape the vegan experience in the USA. He wrote to them that he is lucky he can even write a letter because enslaved Africans in the colonies are forbidden to learn how to read and write and he hopes if he survives, he can still write letters to his friends in Britain (and of course, there won’t be many who can even read it if they too are Black like him). Learn more here about my slam dunk services of integrative diversity, equity, and inclusion for your writing project, company materials, etc here at www.criticaldiversitysolutions.com, “ON POST PARTUM DEPRESSION AND ‘FUNKY’ SMELLING GIRLS” By Dr. A. Breeze HarperThis was written in 2014, but I’m re-sharing…(2014) The other week I was at my community park in Berkeley, CA. Books of essays by many people can be such a mix, and this is. In tandem with these book projects, she is well-known for her talks and workshops about “Uprooting White Fragility in the Ethical Foodscape” and “Intersectional Anti-Racism Activism.”. Given how brahmins use their vegetarianism to signal their caste status, I am not inclined to ever use either label for myself. She ended up pregnant and completely depressed about the entire situation. We have individual tickets as well as organization (small, medium, large). “Papa doesn’t get pulled over by the police or denied a job, and this is due to assumptions about white men as ‘civilized’, ‘heroes’, and ‘intelligent’ which have been narrated so much that when mainstream society thinks they are thinking without bias, they still are. Our vegan activism isn’t saving animals’ lives. (He’s too young for us to get into Black Marxism and racial capitalism, as it relates to Black people…but, one day, though). I don't think it's ok to assume fatness is unhealthy (although an essay at the end pushed back against this.) I don't think not vaccinating your kids in the name of veganism is ok. All that being said, I will probably become vegan when that is possible for me, partially because of this book, partially because of my own awakening. Sistah Vegan Anthology Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society (Lantern Books 2010) explores food politics, identity, sexuality, health, womanism, feminism, decolonization, a… Sistah Vegan is a series of narratives, critical essays, poems, and reflections from a diverse community of North American black-identified vegans. (Photo: Dr. A. Breeze Harper Speaking at Pomona College in 2015) Welcome to Dr. A. Breeze Harper’s Sistah Vegan Project website, dedicated to critical engagement with issues around ethical consumption, the food system, and diversity. I'm on the fence about this one. Maybe he was ‘better’ than other white men, but the question still remains: What kind of human being would do this to their own children?” I explained why their Grandma Pat’s side of the family are both Sales and Jeffersons and that he is a descendant of Jefferson’s immoral and unjust belief system and behaviors. If you ever asked someone why they're vegetarian/vegan please read this book. I mention this because so many may not prioritize the social/racial justice aspect in their business model in what is ‘loss’ when business startups are homogenous– but, yes, there is a loss of product innovation and yea, profit!! Now THIS is the vegan anthology I've been waiting for! 8. On the one hand it was great to see WOC in a space where they could display a diversity of opinion, but on the other hand I felt some of the essays reinforced certain stereotypes about the black female experience. Sistah Vegan Anthology sistahvegan.com. The other month, a kid at school asked him, “Finish this song…. I prefer antiracism-in-action vs. “ally”. I started a new Social Justice book reading series below for children. Songs like these get circulated and clearly, babies are keeping the idea of anti-Blackness and white supremacy alive without even knowing it. Breeze Harper set me free from a facet of my own racism. “Do you think that is fair? This was the same type of racist system that defined Africans as ‘animals’ or 3/5s human….and then we started talking about legalized racism and xenophobia to the present , and mainstream USA’s “disgust” of Mexican immigrants who are actually on their own land (but, since it was ‘taken’ by the USA, borders and constructions changed and now they are labeled as ‘illegal’ on their own land… and then again, borders are constructs.). This is a great show! Reading the chapter written by Breeze Harper was eye-opening, to say the least. Try “race- neutral’ or “post-racial” instead. The reality is, these assignments can be boring without more deep critical engagement; he was bored at first until I proposed that he write it from his racial-gender embodied perspective. I really enjoyed reading them all. Is this potentially biased rhetoric that may not persuade non-vegans to adopt a plant-based diet? I like www.embracerace.org . I am asked to engage in critical-integrative DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) content editing of a manuscript or business materials all the time. Submitted by onymous on February 26, 2020 at 10:33 PM. That said, in recent years, I have been increasingly aware that my justice framework does not include non-humans and is lacking in that respect. Did you know USA alone loses 300 billion dollars in yearly revenue when nonwhite business owners are not funded or invested in? At the time I read the article I was steadily cutting dairy from my diet under the influence of a silent interior impulse. Click on the link below. “Do you know how strong, strategic, and intelligent you have to be to free enslaved Black people– as a Black ‘fugitive’ woman, over and over again? With the rise in plant-based foods sector in the USA, find out how to increase social impact, diverse recruitment/retainment, marketing, and profit with a well integrated racial diversity and inclusion plan. This is a must have book for those transitioning to vegetarianism or veganism. I appreciated the diversity of perspectives represented; many of the essays resonated with me strongly, while others I had some disagreement with (there are a couple anti-vax mentions) but still appreciated the opportunity to hear those points of view and think about them in the context of racism and decolonization. Unfortunately the amateurish writing in most of the essays was a major turnoff. Boys apparently could smell nasty, but not us girls. Comprehensive systemic change will happen only if we are aware of these connections and work to bring an end to all inequalities—not just our favorites or the ones that most directly affect our part of the universe. Being antiracist is different for white people than it is for people of color. 5th Grade History Book In September 2005, I transitioned to veganism because it aligned with my perceptions of social and environmental justice. Collectively, these activists are de-colonizing their bodies and minds via whole-foods veganism. I help them unpack that to create more effective writing and communication. I am choosing to go vegetarian and maybe one day vegan due to this book and others I'm reading for my Feminist Food Studies class. Some women deny the label vegan, other women profess a holistic lifestyle, some women worry about the neocolonialism of consumerism today, others discuss what health means to them--as well as the doctors they no longer visit! You can refer to my article here http://sistahvegan.com/2017/11/26/the-return-of-the-ngger-breakers-the-white-racist-vegan-playbook/, Last Thursday, on the way back from gymnastics and parkour classes, my two eldest children, Eva Luna (8) and Sun (10.5) told me about some of the history they learned in school over the past year. West Africans were abducted, enslaved and shipped to this continent in chains. Our next webinar by Dr. A. Breeze Harper is around the corner. And on top of this, I would later learn that as the only Black girl in an entirely white K-12 school system, I simply could not smell or make it appear that I had ‘bad’ hygiene practices because I had to represent an entire race of people (that, in itself, is another story! For people of color, it means recognizing how race and racism have been internalized, and whether it has been applied to other people of color. I did appreciate the diversity of the contributors (even if I was bored to tears by discussions of religion, pregnancy, and other topics t. I wanted to like this book more than I did. Lantern Books, who produced the Sistah Vegan anthology, is currently selecting non-academic personal essays written by Latina* vegans. In 2015, her lecture circuit focused on the analysis of food and whiteness in her book Scars and on “Gs Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix)which explored how key Black vegan men use hip-hop methods to create “race-conscious” and decolonizing approaches to vegan philosophies. [I first read about this book in the first issue of Bitch magazine I ever read, which featured an interview with Dr A. Breeze Harper, the instigator and gatherer and editor of the project and collection. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. from Dartmouth. He did have his own investments in keeping that system alive to a large degree (though reforming it), and he was “the white man’s president”, was very ‘progressive’ for his time, but let’s repeat: he was still invested in his own whiteness. In September 2005, I transitioned to veganism because it aligned with my perceptions of social and environmental justice. He believed in freedom for landowning white men with enslaved Black people like himself, He was living on indigenous land . And it still happens today, it’s just not necessarily legalized slavery or Jim Crow. I shared this just in case you are questioning why anti-racism education is important to integrate into all children’s educational experiences. Please think critically about this and ask yourself why your teachers and history books keep on sanitizing this instead of teaching students that his situation was complex and his privilege as a white landowning man influenced how he thought of ‘freedom for all’. Collectively, Black and indigenous folk have been hurt by that history and that 450+ year system of bias. Is he concerned about this issue with all kids he helps to take care of during summer camp, or are Black girls more of a concern because he doesn’t want them ’embarrass’ all Black people?Overall, this man’s perspective on girl/woman’s bodily processes (hormonal changes that cause postpartum depression and certain body odors starting with puberty) was quite disconcerting for me. Resource: https://aorta.coop/portfolio_page/dismantling-anti-black-bias-in-democratic-workplaces-a-toolkit/. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I would certainly recommend this book to vegans and people exploring veganism, but I actually think that non-vegans advocating for racial justice would especially benefit from this book. http://www.beacon.org/A-More-Beautiful-and-Terrible-History-P1333.aspx, Map out your own anti-Black racism (conscious or unconscious). And also breeze's compilations of women's thoughts around body size and vegan i. I had a lit of expectations reading this book, often conflicting. I’m not saying it’s ALL white folk, however, there are obvious patterns and ways of thinking that have been shaped by white racist structures. It's good to know that there's more to the vegan movement than snobby little white ladies like me. Dr. A. Breeze Harper is a senior diversity and inclusion strategist for Critical Diversity Solutions, a seasoned speaker, and author of books and articles related to critical race feminism, intersectional anti-racism, and ethical consumption. As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of... To see what your friends thought of this book, Here is a personal story, which you are welcome to skip, [I first read about this book in the first issue of Bitch magazine I ever read, which featured an interview with Dr A. Breeze Harper, the instigator and gatherer and editor of the project and collection. a pig is not the same as a displaced, disenfranchised native american. plus, it will NEVER BE OK to say that a chicken is the same as an african human slave. If you have white children, talk to them about racial inequities and how they benefit from white privilege and anti-Black racism as a 400+ year long ‘system’/history. Von Dr. phil. I wanted to share this with you. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The angry pieces were alright, but I was most moved by a piece about looking within and learning to listen to what your body wants. I’m co-teaching an antiracism and leadership e-course. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published If you are getting sanitized readings and assignments of the ‘colonial era’ for your elementary or middle school aged child/children, are you bringing racial-gender inequities into the mix? Find out more by clicking on the link after the photo below. He had to use her the way white slave-owning men used to ‘use’ Black women for sexual, reproductive, etc power which affected how most white men interacted with Black women during the era of Jim Crow. He ordered it!”. I am not a vegan or a vegetarian. So, as this man at the park explained how he confronted this mother about her daughter’s odor, I kept thinking how this girl shouldn’t dunk her body in a bunch of chemicals that will increase her likelihood of yeast infections (FDS use) or using just to make people like this man, happy. Reading a book filled entirely with Black vegan women, invested in discussing not only animal rights, but also racism, classism, environmental justice, and food justice was super validating for me, as a person who's told all to often that I'm not "Black enough." I wish that Harper had been able to enlist more WOC with writing experience. I found the book relatively unchallenging in content for well-read SJW vegans, and sometimes dangerously anti-science. I still do not think it is okay to equate the suffering of people with that of animals. 4. For people of color, it means recognizing how race and racism have been internalized, and whether it has been applied to other people of color. The older two kids noted how and why Columbus Day is “indigenous people’s day”. He believed in freedom for landowning white men with enslaved Black people like himself. How much did that have to do with his need to tell her mother? A White Scottish man told her he’d ‘help’ her if she allowed him to have sex with her. The publisher wants to hear about the… You lose more diverse perspectives on how to create a better product that can and does lead to positive environmental impact (plant based diets are the top ways in which climate change can be tackled). I appreciated their honest and willingness to disagree. If you (as a white person) find the title and/or content of this post ‘racist’, ask yourself why. In this anthology Dr. A. Breeze Harper collects the experiences of black female vegans sharing how and why they came to make their dietary and lifestyle choices and the challenges it had for them. It took the work, lots of deaths, and strength of a gazillion Black people, indigenous people, and some white allies.” And I reminded him about Tubman and gave more than a paragraph of information of what she actually did and told them how intelligent and bad ass she was. In this way, the voices within the book were not as diverse as I'd hoped. Moving soon. enough so that I would recommend the book wholeheartedly to very few, but the last essay, by Tara Sophia Bahna-James, to everyone. I wanted to celebrate the constant struggle and fight for freedom and liberation, and not forget history as well. A. Breeze Harper. I explained that unfortunately, K-12 mainstream curriculum does not want to guilt or scare white kids and make white teachers uncomfortable so they tend to explain figures like Harriet Tubman in a more sanitized version . I've enjoyed the vegans of color blog and recently picked up Vegan Soul Kitchen, but I had yet to come across anything specific to African American women. My 11 year old child just had an assignment to write a farewell letter as if he were living in 1740s Britain and about to move to one of the Thirteen Colonies. These authors are already dealing with at least the intersections of the. Regardless of racial or ethnic identity, all are invited to openly dialogue about how Sistah Vegan anthology, as well as the Sistah Vegan Blog, affected their lives. I had been living in the Boston area for six years, and couldn’t find any other black identified vegans. Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak by A. Breeze Harper (2010) Taschenbuch | | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Access to healthy food is a civil rights issue, and as several writers make devastatingly clear, many communities of color are paying the ultimate price in America's "food deserts.". Papa isn’t racist, but he has benefited from how society is arranged in these racist ways and Papa knows this.”. First of all, thank you for my birthday wish coming true. I appreciate this book for what it is but there are things I don't agree with. I enjoyed the diverse narratives in the book, even if I didn't agree with all of the opinions expressed, I will always go back to it whenever I question my Veganism. I wish the collection of essays lived up to my expectations. Genocide. They were human beings with rich knowledge in math, science, agriculture, art, music… Their knowledge AND labor built the agricultural economy of the USA but that was stolen and benefited landowning white men. The assignment assumes that the child writing it and showing up in the colonies will be most likely be a white free human. So far, this book has been mind-blowing. I don't think it's ok to assume fatness is unhealthy (although an essay at the end pushed back against this.) Interesting experiences coming from eat of these writings. Yea, Lincoln picked up a pen and signed legislation, but Tubman and many like her have been made invisible in your textbooks (And I don’t think most people in the USA understand/know that not all enslaved Black people were ‘freed’ with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation).”. Reducing ableist language in a manuscript. – National Museum of African American History & Culture. 3. It was awesome to read about veganism from a point of different than my own. We’d love your help. Very little of white vegan writing seems to take into consideration the layers of gender, race, class, agism, sizeism, ableism, healthism that pervades vegan culture. Sistah Vegan is a series of narratives, critical essays, poems, and reflections from a diverse community of North American black-identified vegans. Like, I both wanted to hear really strong anti-meat and animal products arguments, but I also cringed at the thought of reading "another angry vegan" rant. I also asked him, since he ‘passes’ as nonBlack for most of his peers and if they knew me, his mother ,was Black (and this assumes they know what ‘nigger’ means), “Do you think they would have asked you to finish the song?”. I wish that Harper had been able to enlist more WOC with writing experience. Then, actively combat it by being ‘anti-racist’ and not ‘post-racial’. Can’t attend live? I ask them to unpack that and how biased ideas around being fat, as well as sizeism, etc can impact their ethical writing around veganism and animal rights. –, Speaking Schedule of Dr. A. Breeze Harper, Consulting and Strategic Planning Services, The USA is not “a country of immigrants” and this is why…, anti-racism podcast collaboration with Radical Candor author Kim Scott, Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health and Society, Uprooting White Fragility in the Ethical Foodscape, A Mixed Black Kid and a Colonial Farewell Letter for a School Assignment, 6 Black History Month Challenges for White Folk, “One White Man Did Not Single-Handedly ‘Free the Slaves’” (Talking to My Kids About Histories of Racism and Anti-Blackness), trope that Black and/or indigenous people in the USA have no agency and intelligence to affect massive change during the, read more about this erasure from most K-12 history curriculum in the USA, Their knowledge AND labor built the agricultural economy of the USA but that was stolen and benefited landowning white men, systemic inequities and if you had 500+ years, and dehumanize people, the collective results for white people in the USA are. And we talked about the white/black household wealth gap and similar gap for indigenous people. If it’s hard to conceive of that, ask yourself why. I said, “How do you think Kira(their younger sister who is 6) feels who is darker and has brown eyes and NEVER gets complimented about HER eyes right after you are complimented and she is standing right next to you ?” I reminded them about colorism again and “You aren’t ‘pretty’ because you have lighter colored eyes and skin. Ninety percent of those First Americans were killed by diseases brought and intentional genocide committed by European colonizers. Learn here why kids [of any color ] should not be saying the n-word and here. Join 11,342 other subscribers. “Oh, I don’t want to hurt their feelings and ‘wake’ them up because I might embarrass them for falling asleep on the job [of being fully loving human being],” is going to get us ALL KILLED. Go here for more information: https://criticaldiversitysolutions.com/webinars-and-live-events/. I was reading the Bible, you know OT stuff that speaks to the diets of those seeking to fast or be sanctified for the Lord and the idea just hit me like a ton of bricks: Google the terms "black women" and "vegan". Ok, I just slam dunked another client deliverable. a cow is not a jewish european during the holocaust. He ordered it!”, He had to use her the way white slave-owning men used to ‘use’ Black women for sexual, reproductive, etc power. That is not the same “immigration” as say, the “immigrant” British white men who booked passage on ships and sailed voluntarily to the future “USA,” where they built and made themselves rich from the colonial and antebellum slavery-capitalist system. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Being antiracist is different for white people than it is for people of color. Extreme cruelty towards indigenous and African peoples BENEFITED him and I highly doubt he wasn’t aware of this. I liked that is wasn't from a white perspective. The closer to ‘whiteness’ the more ‘human’ and ‘prettier’ you are perceived by the mainstream. Sistah Vegan by Breeze Harper –Thus far this has been the most important piece of literature in my transition. Given how brahmins use their vegetarianism to signal their caste status, I am not inclined to ever use either label for myself. 5. How would you create a racially equitable system for the future? I wanted to get this book as soon as I saw it - it seems very rare to come across a book about vegans from an African American woman's perspective. I don't read a lot of vegan books any more. “Mom, are all white people racist?” Sun asked me this question and asked if his father/my husband is racist since he is white. Granted, Irish Catholics were not racialized as Black and did not have the same unique history of antebellum slavery and Jim Crow, however, me noting this was more of an exercise in thinking about race, why it’s strategized in certain ways, and which demographic ultimately benefits from this whole ‘whiteness club’. That being said, this book is a must for someone newly exploring veg*nism, as the ideas discussed within are absent in most vegan writings. Writing about animal rights and veganism? Subscribe to Sistah Vegan Blog. I stumbled upon an article concerning the health of black woman and a brief review of Sistah Vegan. It’s also an era in which 92% of VCs are white men who are funding the same demographic at 91% while demographics such as Black women, are less than 1% funded. Erschienen 2010 bei Lantern Books. Incredibly poor in Jim Crow era of Mississippi, her mother (Great Great Grandma Savannah) needed a new pair of shoes. My parents did the same with me (of course they did, they are Black ). It doesn’t make sense. I think it is important to hear the perspectives of the writers in this anthology. For example, who is excluded when they frame veganism = healthy = skinny? One can write critically for an assignment, do what they are asked and still bring the reality of racial justice and history into it.
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