It doesn’t make sense. Submitted by Tequila_Wolf on March 9, 2020 at 8:29 PM. I am asked to engage in critical-integrative DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) content editing of a manuscript or business materials all the time. However, I know that he is not an anomaly but rather represents what a majority of those in the USA think.Maybe I will return to that park, armed with data that shows how postpartum depression is real and that most Americans have an unhealthy relationship with how they deal with the fragrant human body? Find out more by clicking on the link after the photo below. I have wonderful clients ranging from bestselling authors on gender equity to top animal rights organizations. Refresh and try again. Juneteenth is June 19, 2020. “We are a country of immigrants” glosses over indigenous genocide, antebellum slavery, settler-colonialism, and systemic racism. Shaking his head disapprovingly at his colleague, he said, “I saw her at that club and she was having a good time. 7. I overheard two men who work at the community park center, talking to each other. 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. Then, actively combat it by being ‘anti-racist’ and not ‘post-racial’. The publisher wants to hear about the… Start by marking “Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Collectively, Black and indigenous folk have been hurt by that history and that 450+ year system of bias. Resource: https://aorta.coop/portfolio_page/dismantling-anti-black-bias-in-democratic-workplaces-a-toolkit/. 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 t. This is a solid collection of essays by vegan Black women which address, in great depth and breadth, issues surrounding bodies, identity, race, class, feminism, families, health, decolonization, environmentalism, compassion, and so much more. Go here for more information: https://criticaldiversitysolutions.com/webinars-and-live-events/. 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. The perspectives of vegans of color (and particularly vegan women of color) are much needed in our overall discussion of animals and health and the environment. Collectively, these activists are de-colonizing their bodies and minds via whole-foods veganism. We went over again how Irish Catholics, for example, are now considered part of the ‘whiteness’ club in the USA when they were not considered ‘fully white’ when my grand father was a child. amassing monetary wealth, networking, etc. So, we merged facts of that economy, agriculture, climate with the reality that he would be an enslaved person (1 drop rule, who cares if his papa is White?). Sistah Vegan by Breeze Harper –Thus far this has been the most important piece of literature in my transition. However, if you want social impact and justice to be one of the primary focuses of your plant-based food business, but not sure how to start thinking about it…, then you may want to think about what talent is loss when a properly implemented inclusion strategy is not enacted and measured in your plant based food workplace. Many white women often want to write about ‘gender equality’ but collectively, many don’t realize they assume all women are white cisgender straight women. I’m co-teaching an antiracism and leadership e-course. And it still happens today, it’s just not necessarily legalized slavery or Jim Crow. My parents did the same with me (of course they did, they are Black ). Try “race- neutral’ or “post-racial” instead. 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. They encourage me to see that compassion without boundaries is beaut. 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. Beyond “individual” assumptions, I show you how systemic bias and oppressive ideas shape how most people write and think what is ‘universal’. Die Sistah Vegan Anthologie Eine Buchvorstellung der Sistah Vegan Anthologie. 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. The perspectives of vegans of color (and particularly vegan women of color) are much needed in our overall discussion of animals and health and the environment. I wish the collection of essays lived up to my expectations. Click on the link below. She is focusing her Master's Thesis research on a project called Cyberterritories of Whiteness: Language, 'Colorblind' Utopias, and Sistah Vegan Consciousness.Amie was motivated by the negative responses that a PeTA Campaign … 5. If you (as a white person) find the title and/or content of this post ‘racist’, ask yourself why. 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. Papa isn’t racist, but he has benefited from how society is arranged in these racist ways and Papa knows this.”. Simply because they were “in the way,” those few who still survived were driven off their ancestral lands they’d occupied for thousands of years. As a writer, she is best know for as the creator and editor of the groundbreaking anthology Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health and Society (Lantern Books 2010). I'm super duper excited about a new book anthology, and I hope you'll join me in spreading the call for submissions far and wide so that the collection can be a great success. to state as much, as several essays in this book do, is obscene. Collectively, Black and indigenous folk have been hurt by that history and that 450+ year system of bias. 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. Well-meaning people often unmindfully repeat “We are a country of immigrants” to remind themselves why organizations should enact practices to promote diversity and inclusion. 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. 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’. Stolen land. 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. Due to popular demand we are offering it again, Aug 26-Sep 16. How do you think this is going to go down?” His assignment was to read about the 13 colonies, their economies, agriculture, topology and then write to his peers about how his new home will be. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 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. As I spend more time with friends who have deep compassion for animals, I realize that justice can/should be more expansive. 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.). 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. Learn more about why focusing on ‘equity’ is more effective than ‘equality’ rhetoric: https://www.centerforsocialinclusion.org/our-work/what-is-racial-equity/, Consider not using MLK Jr’s “I have a Dream Speech” coupled with mis-using his work as an example of ‘he didn’t care about skin color and we are all equal.‘ Instead, consider learning about EQUITY and MLK Jr’s framing of justice that interrogated capitalism and white supremacy/racism as a SPECTRUM (not some binary) that goes from from ‘liberal’ whites all the way to ‘conservative’ whites. She ended up pregnant and completely depressed about the entire situation. I also remember my mother telling me that I should make an effort to make sure I don’t smell while on my period. Well Sun, it depends. that's the revolution i'll throw my weight behind, when it comes time for throwin'. So yea, this is a long post. “No one white man (Abe Lincoln) single handedly ‘freed’ enslaved Black people, Sun. I never was able to solve that ‘problem’ though, as I was always very odoriferous during Aunt Flo’s visit. her reproductive health and agency were compromised, and yes, this is not psychologically or physically healthy.. 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, non-racist or anti-racist (both concepts are not the same), Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014), Recipes for Racial Tension Headaches: A Critical Race Feminist’s Journey Through ‘Post-Racial’ Ethical Foodscape, The Praxis of Justice in an Era of Black Lives Matter, Integrative DEI for Written Materials: Make Your Written Words Convey More, “She Didn’t Look Depressed to Me”: On Post Partum Depression and Funky Smelling [Black] Girls, [Webinar] Racial Diversity and Inclusion for Plant Based Foods Businesses, Leadership, Diversity, and the “Cruelty-Free” Conundrum. I help them unpack that to create more effective writing and communication. 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. Wondering how I can ask my cat friend if they wanna come with. For example, “Why are many white people so blind to racial issues?” Consider writing it in a way that excludes the use of ‘blind’ because it can be ableist and implies that blind people are incapable of understanding racial power dynamics simply because they can’t “see”. 8. Or at least not be a dick about it. 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You give me written/visual materials and I go over it to make sure you understand how your own embodied experience, privileges, lack their of, etc., shape how you write about the subject at hand and what assumptions you may have had. I really enjoyed reading them all. 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. In other news…. If it’s hard to conceive of that, ask yourself why. I had been living in the Boston area for six years, and couldn’t find any other black identified vegans. 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).”. Click on image below to learn more! It was another session that was a prime learning moment to engage in a more anti-racist retelling of history. Sistah Vegan is not about preaching veganism or vegan fundamentalism. 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. I also loved the intersectional nature of this book. So, here is how I tried to teach the kids about history and who counts and how it’s narrated. He informed me that one of the preteen girls smelled ‘really funky’ and that he had to tell her mother that she needed better hygiene practices. We have had these conversations before and will continue to have them. He believed in freedom for landowning white men with enslaved Black people like himself, He was living on indigenous land . –, 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. 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. They encourage me to see that compassion without boundaries is beautiful. 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." It was awesome to read about veganism from a point of different than my own. Last year she organized the highly successful conference The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter which can be downloaded. The 1st one was July 15-Aug 5 and a great success. I had been living in the Boston area for six years, and couldn’t find any other black identified vegans. “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? 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… It's a series of essays about cultural experience. An old high school classmate who has embraced the vegan lifestyle, immediately responded and suggested I read, I was quite excited to delve into "Sistah Vegan", to immerse myself within diverse voices on the margins of veganism. 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. 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. You do not have to be african american to enjoy this book. Puberty basically meant spending a lot of time using soaps, sprays, and anti-perspiration deodorants to mask my natural bodily odors; products that I would later learn were horrendous for my health.Unfortunately, I grew up in an interesting culture in which people like my mother and this man at the park believe that one should use harsh chemicals to mask the shame of natural odors. Now THIS is the vegan anthology I've been waiting for! Sistah Vegan By: A. Breeze Harper Sistah Vegan is an anthology that has collected pieces of writing from Black-identified female vegans detailing their experiences and beliefs that brought them to veganism. The categories change depending on how the 1% can benefit (in terms of capitalism) and how those who are considered white (or close enough) can benefit — because hey, capitalism is contingent upon racialization and racisms to work effectively. Genocide. I can leave a gentle note letting him know how his perspective is potentially harmful and hurtful.Original and other posts can be found here: http://sistahvegan.com/2014/07/27/she-didnt-look-depressed-to-me-on-postpartum-depression-and-funky-smelling-girls/Photo credit: https://webstockreview.net/explore/deodorant-clipart-underarm/. Interesting experiences coming from eat of these writings. I prefer antiracism-in-action vs. “ally”. Mostly, it is white parents who tell me they don’t know how or when it is appropriate. He ordered it!”. I was quite excited to delve into "Sistah Vegan", to immerse myself within diverse voices on the margins of veganism. No one is on the sidelines; by our actions or inactions, by our caring or our indifference, we are either part of the problem or part of the solution.”, “No one is on the sidelines; by our actions or inactions, by our caring or our indifference, we are either part of the problem or part of the solution.”, Books for Vegans, Vegetarians, and those interested in Animal Rights, Duplicate listing for Sistah Vegan by A. Breeze Harper. For example, who is excluded when they frame veganism = healthy = skinny? period. One can write critically for an assignment, do what they are asked and still bring the reality of racial justice and history into it. Unfortunately the amateurish writing in most of the essays was a major turnoff. 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. 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). Dr. A.Breeze Harper has a PhD in Critical Food Geographies.The creator of The Sistah Vegan Project and the editor of the ground-breaking anthology, Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak On Food, Identity, Health, and Society, she is a sought-after speaker, writer, and consultant with Critical Diversity Solutions (www.criticaldiversitysolutions.com). 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. Fish and chips and vin….” and then my son said, “negar” and except the point is to say, “n*gger”. Unfortunately the amateurish writing in most of the essays was a major turnoff. Did you know USA alone loses 300 billion dollars in yearly revenue when nonwhite business owners are not funded or invested in? I wish that Harper had been able to enlist more WOC with writing experience. If your physical safety or job security isn’t in jeopardy then speak up and act as an ally. A. Breeze Harper. Though Quakers did reside in the 13 colonies and were anti-slavery, the majority of white free human beings there were not.). plus, it will NEVER BE OK to say that a chicken is the same as an african human slave. In September 2005, I transitioned to veganism because it aligned with my perceptions of social and environmental justice. Our dialogue about food and mindful consumption continues… My research on veganism, specifically the ways in which black women practice veganism, led me to the work of A. Breeze Harper, a doctoral student at UC Davis, founder of The Sistah Vegan Project, contributor and editor of the anthology Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society. “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. I wish the collection of essays lived up to my expectations. For white people, being antiracist evolves with their racial identity development. They must acknowledge and understand their privilege, work to change their internalized racism, and interrupt racism when they see it. 2. Lantern Books, who produced the Sistah Vegan anthology, is currently selecting non-academic personal essays written by Latina* vegans. i like women, and i like eating consciously and living a cruelty-free lifestyle. I really respect that this anthology contained a little of it all. Lastly, I reminded Sun and Luna to say “enslaved People” vs. “slaves”. It's just so important to get these stories told, most importantly from strong women of color. 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. 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.". Stolen land. So, we shut that sh*t down pretty quickly with this assignment, but in a respectful and anti-racism engaged way. Learn here why kids [of any color ] should not be saying the n-word and here. 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