Vegans of Color

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

USA Survey on Vegans and Race/Ethnic Identity August 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 2:44 pm

If you are vegan and living in the USA, please answer my research survey on Vegans and Race/Ethnicity: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=mc8ez0Ze1kPXtC_2fnUwjpUQ_3d_3d

Information about the survey:

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If you are vegan and live in the USA, please help me with my research!

I am a PhD student in Critical Food Geographies at UC Davis. I am also the author of the upcoming book Sistah Vegan: Black female vegans on food, identity, health, and society. You can find my works at http://www.sistahveganproject.com and http://www.breezeharper.com

I am trying to map the racial/ethnic identifications of vegans in the USA. This research will eventually be part of a book I am working on. The survey is 5 questions long and will literally take 1 minute. I appreciate your time.

You can email me at breezeharper (at) gmail (dot) com if you have questions.

 

Some words for Western animal rights activists to take to heart

Filed under: Uncategorized — johanna @ 1:50 pm
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I recently read Abolition Democracy: Prisons, Democracy, and Empire, which is a brief collection of interviews Eduardo Mendieta conducted with Angela Y. Davis. Here’s a snippet. Mendieta has asked, “…what do U.S. and Western feminists have to say to Islamic and Middle Eastern women?”

[Davis:] … What do women in those areas of the world that suffer most under Bush’s policy of global war have to say to western feminists? It seems to me that those of us here in the U.S. who are interested in a transnational feminists project would better serve the cause of freedom by asking questions rather than making proposals. So I would want to know how feminist and working class activists in countries such as Iraq might envision the most productive role for us. In the meantime, we must continue to strengthen the anti-war movement.

[Mendieta:] You’re calling into question the paternalistic assumption in my question, that feminists in the West, and the U.S., have to school Islamic women about how to proceed. They can do that work themselves.

[Davis:] Exactly. We have not yet moved beyond the assumption that the most advanced feminists in the world — whether they are white or people of color — reside in the U.S. or in Europe. This is a form of racism that forecloses the possibility of solidarity.

Something for animal rights activists to keep in mind! Though I suppose the same readers of this blog who find such courses of action — listening to people in other countries and from other cultures instead of just swooping in as the great colonialist savior — unthinkable when bloggers here suggest them will offer up the same tired protests to Davis’ words.