Vegans of Color

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

reflections on Elysia chlorotica January 15, 2010

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Animal or Vegetable

Earlier today I read an article about a slug discovered that possibly produces chlorophyll. I posted it to my facebook, and sort of forgot about it. It was interesting to me, but not mind blowing: it just sort of fit in with the ways I’ve figured that nature worked, that is not fitting into simple reified categories.

Then Elaine posted on Vegan Soapbox about this slug with links to posts I have written about species being socially constructed, and the potentiality of trans-speciality. Now I’m looking at this creature again and several things are crossing my mind.

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Round Up 1/15

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Things I’ve found interesting:

US School Lunches aren’t tested for contaminates as much as fast food.

Critical Animal explores the faultiness of comparing animal abolition to things most of society already agrees are wrong.

Sex workers labeled as sex offenders in New Orleans, from Colorlines.

Scientists are exploring ape language, from the NYT.

Vegan Bake Sales for Haiti, from the PPK.

 

Let Us make them in Our image

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In the Beginning

It has been a number of years since I identified as a Christian. I would lie in bed as a child with theological questions that my parents could not adequately answer for me, and I think I must have been seven or eight when I revealed myself as a nonbeliever to my mother. My family is very much Christian in the tradition of the Black church, and despite my unbelief I spent most of my childhood in churches, generally twice a week. When I left for school in 2006 my mother gave me her bible in the hopes that I would read it.

It took until the last year for my teenage rebelliousness to decay enough for me to actually begin thinking about Christianity without a feeling of resentment for the hundreds of hours of forced worship I endured. I have become a secular reader of theology (of many religious traditions) in my attempts to find knowledge, wisdom, and ethics that arose from modes of thinking besides secular reason. So irony of ironies I found myself today (my mother’s prodigal son) flipping through my mother’s old leather-bound bible to see what I could find that could apply to animal liberation.

Knowledge

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” Proverbs 1:7

It is no secret that Western knowledge traces its roots to monotheistic theologies, perhaps even more than it traces itself to Hellenistic thought. Secular thinking has a very brief history on the timeline of humanity, and it is clear that it has drawn heavily from the thinking of religious scholars. Taking that in mind, it is apparent that Christian, Jewish, and Muslim scholarship (in that order) shaped the ways we view the world, even if we are not aware of where the basis comes from.

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