Vegans of Color

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

Drop-Kick That Cold’s Ass: Some Tips for Fighting those Germs My Kids Bring Home from School September 21, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 7:39 pm

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Yesterday I felt terrific. I was glowing and feeling healthy. I asked my husband to take a photo of me. 2 days before, I looked quite different (‘sickly’, which, for me, means looking dehydrated and ashy, with dark circles under my eyes)

Dr. A. Breeze Harper. September 2015. Muir Beach, CA. Dr. A. Breeze Harper. September 2015. Muir Beach, CA.

I had beaten an oncoming cold that my 22 month old had given me (who got it from her siblings from school). I used ginger, garlic, nettles, catnip, and cat’s claw herbs to fight it off. I swear by these herbs for me. Other things I like to do and recommend:

Take the sugar and coffee out of your diet. Replace with mostly high quality plant-based proteins and lots of greens like kale.

Sugar weakens the immune system so take it out. I removed the sweets and replaced most of my meals and snacks with mostly dark leafy greens…

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On Racial Macro-Aggressions and More: “It’s time to grow the fuck up and start bonding for the animals” September 19, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 7:31 pm

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everybody just needs to get along plain and simple. Why make it more complicated than that? Race this, race that, blah blah blah, religion and borders and politicians divide us, when you see the big picture you will understand. Go out and hug someone no matter what they look like or their background, people are people, learn to love animals first though because they are the unvoiced ones that need our love. As for bashing people with confidence… come on now, really? Grow up people, it’s time to grow the fuck up and start bonding for the animals, not for us humans. 

-Says the person who is annoyed with me for opening my heart about racial micro-aggressions while pregnant and trying to do both anti-racism and anti-specieism.

This was one of 121 comments to this video that I posted more than 4 years ago.

Have you ever poured your heart…

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The ‘Broken’ Black Community Can Be ‘Fixed’ Through Afro-Centric Cissexist Heteronormative Framing of Plant-Based Dietary Health September 13, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 11:38 am

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MasculineEnergqueenAfuaYesterday, Queen Afua posted this on her Facebook page. Why does she keep on repeating this cis-sexist and heteronormative ‘advices’ on how to be ‘healthier’ Black woman? This is just inexcusable. And quite dangerous and irresponsible. Completely pathologizes the entire spectrum of gender identities, gender expressions, sexualities, etc that don’t adhere to cis-sexist heteronormative notions of being human. Too many people on her page support it too. This plants seeds of hate and gives permission to enact violence (whether discursive or physical) upon those who don’t fit into her rubric of a ‘healthy Black conscious’ nation. So dangerous. Blows my mind. This is her concept of veganism but it is not the Sistah Vegan Project’s. This is not ‘non-violence’ or ahimsa (the tradition of veganism that the Sistah Vegan Project draws from). I’am quite disappointed but not surprised by this continued ‘advice’. Defining who is a real man or…

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White Fragility and Joel Salatin: Daring to Critique the Mainstream Food Sustainability Movement’s White Hero September 5, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 10:13 am

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(Copyright Dr. Amie 'Breeze' Harper) (Copyright Dr. Amie ‘Breeze’ Harper)

What I learned last night: Never question certain white man ‘gurus’ of the food sustainability movement. Never critique how a significant number of them uphold racist, sexist, white supremacist and colonialist framings of ‘food sustainability’ (some unconsciously, some consciously).  After receiving a post about Joel Salatin having been chosen as a judge for a soil contest,  I did just that on the COMFOOD listserv: I broke the golden rule. I have read a lot of critiques of Salatin that show his framing of food sustainability as white supremacist libertarian, sexist, and neoliberal capitalist. I ask the woman who posted about he being selected as a judge this:

Was wondering how the contest works given the documented history of Salatin’s publicly outspoken views that are racist, xenophobic, and sexist. How can contestants be assured that he will be ‘objective’ when judging if the contestant is not a white man?

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