This is a Vegan Issue

On Feministe, Latoya Peterson wrote an inspired post about feminism in the context of other issues and intersectional oppressions. She also talks about running an anti-racist blog in the same context.

When Latoya writes, "I don't think there is any kind of shit that pisses me off more than 'Is this really a feminist issue?'" you could replace "feminism" with "veganism" and that is exactly how I feel. In fact, I'd say that everything Latoya wrote about feminism and anti-racism applies to veganism.

Only I don't have to point this out because Peterson does this with propers to Vegans of Color:

Even in a movement like veg*ism, there are increased calls for diversity of thought and understanding the unique struggles of other communities. One of the blogs I love is the Vegans of Color blog because they dig deep into the other issues impacting veg*ism, like race, class, animal liberation and racism, and colonialism. Today's post is on children of color and meat processing.

But why do the Vegans of Color bother posting about these other issues, instead of talking about veg*ism qua veg*ism? They state it in their tagline: Because we don’t have the luxury of being single-issue.

In the mid-1940s, when the vegan movement was just getting started, the founding members of the Vegan Society made two very important points in their founding statement:

  1. While working to end human supremacy and the oppression of other animals, vegans honor the efforts of all who are striving to archive liberation for humans and other animals.
  2. Veganism alone is insufficient to solve all the problems of individual and social well-being.

The truth is, bloggers on Vegans of Color get shit for honoring the efforts of other social justice movements and for acknowledging that veganism is not the answer to every problem. In her post "The Cult of Veganism; or, Sit Down & Shut Up, Little Brown Girl," Johanna addresses this while making the connection to single-issued, White/Western feminism that ignored issues of race and class. You know, those feminists who ask, "Is this really a feminist issue?"