What does veganism have to do with minority rights?

Intersectionality

That’s right folks, veganism has everything to do with rights. Minority rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights, etc. it has to do with all of them. Why? Intersectionality.

Intersectionality: used to refer to the complex and cumulative way that the effects of different forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, and yes, intersect—especially in the experiences of marginalized people or groups.

In layman’s terms it just means that one can not be examined without the others. They’re all interwoven together and effect each other. That’s why many consider themselves “intersectional feminists.” Some people have multiple levels of discrimination they have to deal with. For example, a black woman would have to deal with both racism and sexism as they go about their daily life.

Minorities and veganism

How does veganism specifically relate to race? Well, picture a “vegan,” chances are 9 out of 10 people pictured a white person. Does that make it a racial issue?

No, but why is it that there are more white vegans than black? Why is it that the number one cause of death in the African American population is heart disease? Why is diabetes so prevalent? Why are almost half of the entire population of African Americans over 20 considered obese?

Centuries of enslavement and cultural oppression means making ends meet in whatever way possible. Black culture was built on discarded animal parts such as pigs feet and chitlins that their ancestors ate in desperation.

According to a 2012 study of meat consumption by race, African Americans are leading consumers of meat in the US.

Meat eating is a huge part of black culture that has been passed down through generations. For the general white American eating meat is not a part of their culture, it’s much easier to give up something that has no cultural significance.

Not only that, but black people are dealing with other issues. Basic human rights. Equality. Animal rights for the average black American is not the highest on the priority list. White people aren’t systematically discriminated against, they can worry about other moral and ethical issues. It’s pretty reasonable for a black person to be more worried about the systematic imprisonment of males in their community, than the welfare of animals in factory farms.

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