Black and White veganism finds different viewpoints
Opposing rationales for diet
Isabell Rivera OW Contributor | 5/16/2019, midnight
According to vegan advocate Aph Ko, “The Black vegan movement is one of the most diverse, decolonial, complex and creative movements.”
Veganism was never a “White thing,” so to speak, although maybe more popular among Whites or more so pushed to be even considered, “hipster.” The only “White thing” about veganism might be the animal rights movement and the idea of living a “cruelty-free” lifestyle.
Veganism has been going on globally for decades, if not centuries. Religions, such as the Rastafari in Jamaica, live a plant-based lifestyle and don’t support animal cruelty, as well as the Hindus in India, and the Buddihsts in India and China. Many African countries, such as Ethiopia mostly consists of a vegan diet. Black owned vegan businesses have been a thing in various urban cities, all over the country. There are 25 Black-owned vegan business in the states. Three are here in Los Angeles. Mostly in and around South Central. Besides, most “ethnic” restaurants follow a vegan diet and offer plenty of vegan, as well as vegetarian dishes.
Because many African-Americans suffer from lactose intolerance, they have already switched to plant based milks or lactose-free milk..
“Black and White veganism,” might not necessarily be at war, but they advocate different things, therefore each “movement” might have different benefits and meanings for each individual and culture. What can be agreed on, is that both movements promote a healthier way of living, actually change old habits ingrained in society, and do something to better