Meanwhile, over at AfroSpear, thefreeslave argues that “you can’t be a revolutionary and eat the white man’s food.”
Check out the comments steams for both of those posts. Also of interest is the ongoing problem-solving comment stream over at La Chola, where brownfemipower and the kids want to go veg*n but the other adult in the household does not. Issues of race, class, and gender have all come into the discussion. The discourse has been very thoughtful and blessedly free of the flaming that broke out at Black Looks when, after Sokari announced her veganism, a commenter directed her to the Vegans of Color blog and a white vegan took offense at the very existence of such a blog.
As a white vegan who spent several years doing antiracist work exclusively and who tries to integrate awareness of race into all of her work, I have a lot to say about the obliviousness of some white vegans to their own privilege but that will have to wait for another day. I’ve been mostly posting links and snippets lately because I am shockingly behind on several writing deadlines. Suffice it to say, for now, that if we want to counter the factually false argument that veganism is an inherently elitist “white thing,” we must be willing to see and act to end whatever class and race-based privileges we really do have.