(This was originally posted by Alicia, but it ended up in the wrong place on its own page, so I’m re-posting it here — hope that’s okay, Alicia!)
I am a very lucky vegan. I live in the incredibly vegan friendly city of Atlanta that has vegan potlucks, vegan lunch groups, and several Vegan and Vegetarian Societies that meet up monthly. There is no end to the amount of support that vegans in Atlanta have. But the other day I ran across an interesting blog topic by one of the organizers for a vegetarian meet up group in Atlanta. She said that a fellow vegan was complaining to her because vegans in Atlanta aren’t friendly enough and that we should all be friends.
This idea that we should all be friends just struck be as the most ridiculous notion ever. It made me think back to several occasions where I have been introduced to other vegans of color by my omni friends and they just expected that we would all become bosom buddies, exchange numbers and ride off into the sunset together just because we were both vegans and of color. Yes we have veganism in common but that doesn’t mean that we have enough in common to be friends. It also seems like a ridiculous notion that you have to be friends with everyone who is in the same sub-category as you. Maybe if I lived in a smaller, less vegan friendly city/town I would feel differently. But the fact is I interact more with vegans from all around the country via online forums and blogs more than I do vegans in Atlanta. I think I do this because I find that I learn more about new vegan products, foods, recipes that way. Whereas I learn a lot about local vegan happenings at vegan potlucks and meetups.
As has been discussed on this blog time and time again, vegans are such a diverse group of people with such a variety of different beliefs. Just as people in general are diverse in so many ways. I’m interested to hear your views on this topic. Especially from a small town vs. big city and vegan friendly town vs. non vegan friendly town perspective.