Vegans of Color

Because we don’t have the luxury of being single-issue

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: Redux February 3, 2014

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The Black Queer Experience is Not ‘Our’ Experience: Breeze Harper’s New Social Fiction Novel October 25, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 12:58 am

Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:

It is official. I have signed a contract with Sense Publishers to publish the book Scars for 2014. Sense Publishers is the perfect press for Scars.  They embody exactly what I would like my novel to achieve. Below is a description of this publisher’s social fiction series of which Scars will be included:

“The Social Fictions series emerges out of the arts-based research movement. The series includes full-length fiction books that are informed by social research but written in a literary/artistic form (novels, plays, and short story collections). Believing there is much to learn through fiction, the series only includes works written entirely in the literary medium adapted. Each book includes an academic introduction that explains the research and teaching that informs the book as well as how the book can be used in college courses. The books are underscored with social science or other scholarly perspectives and intended to be…

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‘Authentic Blackness’ as Christian, Speciesist, and Heteronormative: Brief Thoughts on Being a Non-Christian Black Woman

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Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:


Dr. Amie Breeze Harper, 2013

Unlike most Black folk I know, I was not raised in a household that subscribed to any particular religious beliefs. My parents were basically agnostic, but my parents were always open to my twin and I exploring religious philosophies. Many members of my extended family are or were Jehovah’s Witnesses or Baptists. One of my aunts gave my brother and I the gift of Watchtower subscription, a magazine dedicated to Jehovah’s Witness faith, when we were children. I found the stories and lessons both entertaining and confusing. However, for me, it just didn’t feel like the right path.

I remember I was at a family event one year. I was in my early 20s. My father was talking to one of my male family members who is a Jehovah’s Witness. Somehow, they started talking about animals. “Paul” (I’m just calling my male family member that…

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Sistah Vegan Conference Recordings Now Available!!! September 16, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 6:39 pm

Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:


(Photo of Dr. A. Breeze Harper)

The Sistah Vegan Web Conference took place on September 14, 2013. It was titled “Embodied and Critical Perspectives on Veganism by Black Women and Allies.” (What, you missed the conference!? No worries, the entire conference was recorded and you can purchase the recordings by clicking on ‘CLICK HERE TO REGISTER’ on the conference page. Even though the conference has ended, clicking on this link will send you to the recordings purchase page: Sistah Vegan Conference Recordings)

It was a terrific 8 hours. Here is a small taste of what we learned, talked about, and shared:

  • How veganism was healing for Black women’s reproductive health
  • Black women, veganism, and the challenges of sizeism
  • Patriarchy as problematic in the USA animal liberation movement
  • PETA’s racialized-sexualized uses of the female body to promote ‘going vegan’ for animals;
  • How the ‘white savior complex’ complicates and causes stress…

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[Video] Keynote Talk: Recipes for Racial Tension Headaches: Why Vegan Healing is Crucial for Racial [Trauma] Healing September 10, 2013

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Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:

I gave a keynote talk at 330pm in Toronto on Sept 8 , 2013 at 330 pm for the 29th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival in Toronto. It was called “Recipes for Racial Tension Headaches: Why Vegan Healing is Crucial for Racial [Trauma] Healing.”  This was not vegan proselytizing, but rather, a way to show how I use critical race, critical animal, and critical food studies as methods to talk about how systemic racism and capitalism affect health and wellness.

Overall, the festival was an amazing experience. I truly appreciated the openness of the audience of my lecture, the diversity of faces, and the interactive discussion and Q&A session at the end. And yes, I will admit that it is less stressful to be in an environment in which so many people already have a critical race literacy for a post 2000 era that does not deny that systemic racism is still…

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Pathologizing the ‘fat body’ as immoral and then experimenting on non-human animals to find a ‘cure’. September 6, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 1:23 pm

Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:

I just read an article on the NY Times, “Gut Bacteria From Thin Humans Can Slim Mice Down.” 

This is amazing to me. First, fatness is pathologized in the US. And then, to offer a cure, scientists conduct experiments on non-human animals to prove that they can cure the immoral fat body. I’m just shaking my head over this.  As usual, the lack of critical thinking around the new obsession over bodies that don’t conform to a BMI of 21 is disturbing. The lack of more critical thinking and compassion towards non-human animals being experimented on, in this article, is very sad.

I also started thinking about how fat-shaming and sizeism in the USA mainstream vegan and vegetarian community don’t really engage in critical analysis of the fatphobia in this culture. Even though most animal liberation oriented vegans don’t support non-human animal exploitation, this NYTimes article points…

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Critical Whiteness Studies Does Not Mean Being Anti-white against individual white people September 2, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 5:56 pm

Originally posted on The Sistah Vegan Project:


The other day, someone shared my post about the upcoming Sistah Vegan Conference. The post made it to a Facebook group page that promoted intersections of feminism and vegan philosophy.

After viewing my video about the upcoming Sistah Vegan conference, a ‘white’ immigrant identified woman had an interesting response to my use of the word “Critical whiteness” for the Sistah Vegan conference. She shared that she won’t be supporting a vegan conference that singles out a particular race of people.

Interesting interpretation. Especially since the whole conference is critical race, critical whiteness, critical animal studies, critical feminist oriented, with my keynote at the end talking about a Black feminist critique of Afrocentric veganism, such as its [un]conscious promotion of heterosexism and transphobia.

So, I decided to create this video to once again try to clarify my work as a social science researcher. Please watch the video BEFORE commenting.


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