famalaoan / politiku

Online conference starting NOW, April 24-25: The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matters

I remind people that this practice is not perfect, as veganism rooted in ahimsa does not mean one is expected to be 100% effective in not killing or harming any beings. The point is to work toward Black liberation while keeping in mind that all oppressions are interrelated and that engaging in collective liberation (e.g. dismantling racism, speciesism, and heterosexism and finding alternative to capitalist-based economies) means we do so in a way that causes the least amount of pain and suffering for all beings—but also see that no beings can ultimately have a life of least amount of suffering and pain if we all exist in a machinery of oppression in which gears of systemic racism, white supremacy, speciesism, poverty, homophobia, etc., are not taken apart.

I don’t have a concrete answer of what it would look like, but I strongly believe in working through Black Lives Matter holistically and with an ahimsa-based vegan foundation, and doing it within the framework of collective liberation. Great examples that people of color can use are vegans and vegetarians of color who explicitly have made it clear that liberation from racism and the violences of capitalism cannot be successful without that ahima praxis. Cesar Chavez, Dick Gregory, Dexter Scott King, Coretta Scott King, and Emory Douglas provide great examples for the Black Lives Matter movement, in terms of moving forward toward a vegan praxis. These fighters against systemic racialized violence did not do veganism or vegetarianism as a fad diet or within the logic of neoliberal capitalism. They engaged or engage in it with ahimsa, or non-violence, as their centers. 

. . . statistically, there are more Black vegetarians/vegans than White, in terms of percentages of each racial group.

A. Breeze Harper

Check our her online conference The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter. It is scheduled for April 24-25, 2015, 10am-5pm PST each day!

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