The Journey Will Not Be Televised: Why Black Folk Choose Vegan.
In my experience, I’ve learned that a Black person’s choice to go vegan is motivated by reclamation of health. For many, this is true- and for many others, the journey expands upon, and relies upon, values of anti-capitalism and anti-oppression.
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The Polluted and the Pure: The Role of Racism in Science, Medicine and Health.
The white gaze effectively regulated the Black body, (and other bodies classified as inferior) through various systems that existed in the eras of slavery, Jim Crow and present-day mass incarceration. It is through this gaze that “inferior” bodies are classified, criminalized and contained.
This essay speaks briefly about how an “oppressor” gaze functions to contain and police “lesser valued” bodies through systems of power. It specifically addresses the history of animality and othering as it has affected the health & health experiences of Black people in the United States. It also brings up the origin of various societal myths regarding Black mobility, freedom and wellness. I would consider this to be a foundational piece of work for applying concepts of Black feminism to veganism. Concepts discussed in this essay: Social Darwinism, Black Codes, Policing Black Bodies, Medical Apartheid, and Animality.
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