Video available:: Afrocentrism, vegan methodology of the racially oppressed, and revolutionary black feminism

Last night I spoke at UC Berkeley, and explained the Afrocentric approach to veganism that is race-gender conscious, decolonial, and revolutionary black feminist. I did this because I wanted to explain that there are more than just Eurocentric philosophical ‘ethics’ behind why some people choose veganism. By Eurocentrism, I mean the philosophical canon of ‘ethics and animals’ that dominate the mainstream academic literature in the USA. While Eurocentric philosophy focuses on the ‘ethics’ of non-human animal consumption and non-human animal exploitation, Afrocentric veganism (through Queen Afua) focuses on how veganism becomes a decolonial tool against the unethical abduction and enslavement of Africans and the institutional of chattel slavery; an unethical institution that took away their original plant-centered dietary philosophy and “forcing” them to eat a carnicentric diet. This is what a vegan methodology of the racially oppressed can look like! Video of talk and Q&A :

Part II

If you comment in a way that is obvious you didn’t watch the video, but are “annoyed” that I am looking at race, whiteness, and decolonial theories as a way to understand vegan consciousness, I will not post your comments. For me, it simply doesn’t make sense to receive passive aggressive comments from people who don’t know anything about my work, haven’t watched the video, but then feel like they are “experts” on the subject matter and then wish to “educate” me about my “incorrect”  4+ years of dissertation research and 35 years of racialized-gendered bodily experience as a black female in the USA.  If it’s not enough that I have been “educated”  at Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and now University of California, learned how to engage in qualitative research, and document ongoing themes in vegan cultural practices (themes that are influenced by race, class, gender, whiteness, neoliberalism), then what more can I offer? (I’m being funny with educated in quotations, because of the mainstream assumption that if you just “educate” non-white folk through the “proper” Western university educational system, they will “assimilate” and agree with the perceptions of the white middle class status quo. But if they don’t, they must simply be ‘irrational’ and ‘angry’, and must be “educated more”)

78 thoughts on “Video available:: Afrocentrism, vegan methodology of the racially oppressed, and revolutionary black feminism

  1. “Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”

    Leonardo da Vinci

  2. Our planet is shrouded in bad karma, due to human activity, we kill man enmass, we kill the animals, soil, water and air, which has an overall negative effect on the earth and on our own spiritual evolution. When we free ourselves of karma, we free our planet from karma. Yin and yang, in perfect harmony. This is the natural way of things, the way of nature, that which we call the Tao(Dow), the Way.

    Non-Vegan’­s kill, well over several Hunderds of Billion animals(ch­ickens,cow­s,pigs,she­ep and goats,fish­,etc…)an­nually. Breaking the law(“Thou Shall Not Kill”). These activities prevent man from achieving “Global Enlightenm­ent”(Shamb­hala-Buddh­ist/Kalki of Sambhala-H­indu). Or in other words, Heaven On Earth.

    If all humans knew that killing, and consuming flesh, would deny them entrance to heaven, who among you, would eat flesh ? Nirvana can be obtained in a lifetime or a few, depending on your karma(your past), and how you live in your present life. Or in multiple lifetimes(­hundreds), the choice is yours.

    Negative Karma is a black cloud, in excess, it hides the light of enlightenm­ent. Zero karma, is positive karma. Save a life, not take one.

  3. But yes the African slaves eat what they were fed, just as the Hindu people under British rule began to eat meat, even though the origin of there culture is vegetarian, as with the Jain’s and Sikhs. Japan also gave medical science a petre dish, to study the affects of the American diet. In 40 years they(the Japanese) began to display diseases that were unknown to them, and that we know are associated with the US. Japan was a marine food based culture, but adopting the American lust for beef(and our old racehorses) is now showing the effects of that unsacred lifestyle.

    But even the white man(non-ruling class) are subject to the same propaganda, that it is our right to enslave animals to slaughter, I am African/Canadian Aboriginal, yet their came a time when I said NO(17yrs) to my Mom. But all in my hood did what they were taught, and if our parents are unfamiliar to the Sacred way, then that is what we will perpetuate, that ignorance breeds, ignorance, seen…

    When I see woman stuff babies with meat, it’s sad to my old eyes, they know not what they do ?

    Christian, Jewish, Muslin, Buddhist and Hindus all believed in there most ancient past that man should not kill animals.

    Now they all break their own laws. To suite their own wants, not needs. Man has left the path, and works against nature…

    True Veganism is not about Health, it is about “Life” and the ancient belief that all life sacred.

    Respect the Laws of the Universe, and you won’t incur the Karma to your boby and soul.

  4. YOU ROCK BABY! I love your presentation/vid – first because you spoke truth at UC Berkeley.. and it is important that we speak our truths and not be afraid to speak it outside of the black community. I am 23 minutes into the vid, still watching, but love what you are sharing with them. I have been vegan for 8 years but bcuz my body naturally rejected meat when i turned 27. Never associated it with anything else besides my life’s path as a light worker. Whatever the case, you did very well sis. never mind them crazy posts/comments.. keep doing what ya doing

  5. I enjoyed this talk. I come from an animal-centered ethical approach to veganism, and while I support your work, it does worry me that you focus on humans, diverting attention from the majority of suffering that is still experienced by nonhumans. However, I like that you illustrated the breadth of vegan ethics work when you drew a similarity between the decolonization of animal bodies with that of black bodies during the Q&A interruption in Pt1. The intersectionality of systems of oppression in our society needs to be recognized by all vegan activists. You’re doing important work here. I’m surprised I don’t hear your work discussed more in the activist circles…every video I watch and paper I read from you educates me…and I’m a sociologist who has taken several race classes!!

    1. Dear Corey,

      Thanks for watching. This is one chapter out of an entire dissertation. This is the chapter that looks at why a particular group of people practice veganism NOT for animal ethics reasons. Does that make sense? My work is NOT Queen Afua’s work. I am analyzing her work and explaining why she and her followers would subscribe more to her veganism (focusing on human liberation) than on veganism for animals. I have many blog videos that talk about my OWN perspective and how I see connections between mistreatment of humans and nonhuman animals… most notably my long video about vivisection and black female slaves.

      However, my work/this chapter does not divert from suffering of nonhuman animals in my experience.Thus far, when I start with Afua’s type of vegan rationale with black females who have never considered veganism, and then bring in the black woman’s womb health, and then start talking about Marion Sims and his experimentation on black women, and then talk to them about non-human animal suffering, they receive it much more and ‘get it.’ I first must use Afua’s language FIRST, her focus on black female suffering, and then , I move onto the non-human animal component. After all, finding Afua is WHY and HOW I ended up becoming vegan and then being open to animal liberation as well. It was my entree into veganism, using Afua. Hope that makes sense.

  6. Breeze, I am new to Sistah Vegan, but I Luv what you bring forth, your vid’s are on time, you bring a fresh perspective to the table, many do not consider what we are taught, and our children and grand children are the most venerable to this propaganda.

    When you speak of “Colonialism ” It brings to mind a man, who exploited his own people through propaganda.

    “All propaganda has to be popular and has to adapt its spiritual level to the perception of the least intelligent ­of those towards whom it intends to direct itself.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

    He convinced his people that the Jews were less than humans, that same mindset led to African slavery.

    And animals, well that says it all, their just animals, not “Human” just ignorant beast, who don’t deserve to live, just a byproduct of “Creation” for us to exploit ? WTF !

    Anyway, Luv what your doing, keep doing it, an teach “Truth”.

    Ancient saying; Knowledge which can not be shared, has no value !

    1 Luv Sistah…

    “With wisdom the body learns to sustain in ways that all may live”…
    ~ Shaolin ~

    1. @Tabuism Please don’t leave the conversation, just wanted you to not post so many long posts without somehow engaging with the content of the videos. That’s all. Sorry if it came across that I wanted to kick you out.

      In terms of colonialism, I draw a lot from Frantz Fanon and his concern of newly freed black people, liberating themselves by still emulating the vale systems of their white colonizers, and how he found this to be a huge problem. I hear you!

  7. My first reply disappeared. I enjoyed the presentation. Being able to think and respond in “real-time” is a privilege for researchers. What is needed is the ability to follow a “paper” as it is presented, without falling into one’s personal niche. Only when the presentation is completed, and critical thought are applied to the concept and presentation is there value for researcher and listeners–just as one would when reading a research paper.

    I was stimulated to think of the unconscious barriers to unfamiliar/new information–particularly when it rubs against preconceived, albeit unrecognized notions. The essence of scientific research should be the ability to explore beyond the known, the status quo.. Certainly “worrisome” thoughts and fears surface. But, to try to force the perspective and ideas of a researcher into known parameters is the antithesis of science.

    As an elder scholar of color “others’ would be better served if they were able to accept the experience of one of “us” as having validity. We know the Euro-American story. We have ours, as well..

    Go for it, Breeze–almost “Dr. Breeze.” The unknown and untested are the provinces of advancement. Thanks.

      1. Tabuism: I don’t mind if you engage in dialogue, but it seems like you aren’t really engaging with the idea in the video in most of your many posts, and in my perception, it feels like you are sending extremely long posts trying to convince people why they should go vegan. I am hoping to focus on the content of the video for this post. However, if you see other posts on my blog that speak about reasons to consider a vegan philosophy, then you are welcome to post. Best, Breeze

  8. Watched this last night and again this morning. I enjoyed it! Thanks for what you do Breeze! I was laughing out loud at the part where you talked about Tim Wise. Very true! What you said about black women not being seen as “feminine” in the kitchen, but rather as “mammy” was very interesting to me. I never considered that. This was your argument for Queen Afu’s idea that the black woman’s place was to be in the kitchen and to be the “healer” for the family. Of course as a feminist I don’t believe my “place” is in the kitchen, but what you pointed out about black women not being viewed as “feminine” but as “mammy” helped me understand why Queen Afu would even say such a thing.

    After watching this video, I understood even more why you went the route you did with the book “Sistah Vegan”. The methods of practice of veganism are just not the same for everyone. I really love the way you tie both non-human animal suffering AND human suffering into veganism. I think that’s what attracts me most to this. I’ve only been vegan for 2 months now and I’m trying to bring awareness to suffering on all fronts through my practice. It’s a way to strengthen, as you say, “our antiracism and antipoverty praxis”. Looking at this along with Antonio Gramsci’s work on hegemony really, really ties everything together for me. It really is a monster of a system.

    I think many people of color have been unattracted to animal rights organizations because those organizations fail to make a well-informed connection between non-human animal rights and human animal rights. They figure, “Why should we care about animals rights when we ourselves are oppressed?”I think it’s very, very important to understand that the same mindset that goes into oppressing non-human animals is indeed the same mindset that goes into oppressing human animals. Whenever something is “otherized” it is vulnerable to abuse/oppression.

    1. @Shanika. Thanks for watching the video. For some reason, there are people who have completely misread the video and think that I don’t see connections to non-human animal and animal suffering. Weird, especially since plenty of my other blog posts make the connection, as well as the Sistah Vegan Book.

      1. In my personal observation “we” see-hear…” what we wish. Given normal and expected, ego involvement it takes WORK to enter the vision of the other on that person’s terms. We are too willing to push our own agenda without :hearing the other, and become willing to consider that BOTH are aspects of the whole.

        Research indicates that we actually cannot multi-task–but when willing, we ought to be able to hear other aspects without trying to force everything into our little viewfinder. Go Breeze. I anxiously await the conclusion of your work and enjoy your open willingness to share and learn.

  9. You mentioned in your Vid. about a friend with a fibre melanous or something like that. And many say that we are no healthier than meat eaters, so why go vegan ? But change is generational, most of our parents and their parents, parents eat meat, so Veganism is not a miracle cure all, but the children we bare and their children will see less and less of the conditions that plague us. Many problems that we have within, and without, will fade out of existence. We will also create a more compassionate people, the violence that we perpetuate on each other, will also diminish as we remove slaughter from our culture,
    but as I said, change is generational…The fate of our spicies, lays in the lap of Woman kind…

    But we are the beginning of that change…

    Peace, Life and Love…

  10. I watched the first video and i think that you might be interested in how veganism/vegetarianism is thought of in Caribbean countries. Im born and raised and live in The Bahamas, Ive been vegan for 8 years and in the last 2 years I introduced seafood to my diet. Here, that kind of ‘pesco-veganism’ is known as the “Rasta” diet. Fish is typically seen by the average Bahamian as being “clean” because its from the sea. For some its not considered “meat’ . in that sense, meat is chicken, ribs, pork, beef.
    Ive met Queen Afua when she was down here and I have the Sacred Woman book too, so i really appreciate the work youre doing. I see you as a fearless intellectual RBF. lol
    Keep it up!

    1. Flesh Clean ? How so ? When ya kill it ? Ya may fool ya self, so you can eat, But don’t try to fool us :Seen”….. ha ha HA !

      1. Perpetuate da fraud ? me kill fish, not animal, so me cool….

        Dat old joke, me never get da punch line, but dm tell me, it funny, so a king like I should laugh ! At the demise of another, Is that what you call “Enlightenment” ? OH Holy and Sacred One ….. ? F%#%

  11. “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punisments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way”. – Martin Luther King Jr.

    Many people don’t realize that his wife, Correta Scott King and their son, Dexter Scott King are both vegan.

      1. I would Luv that, I can think of no one better for the task, Sis you have my full “Respect”, I am a Man, yet without the teaching of a Mother, I is just a rough, not unlike a Pachyderm…

  12. A fluid secretes from my eye, yet I do not know why, why is it that I cry ? Do I, or am I the only one that hears their screams ? ?

  13. Breeze, what an effective piece! I am eager to screen this dissertation with as many friends and comrades as I can. I am a lucky to be able to hear about the work you are doing. My awareness is so much greater as a result!

    As a documentarian, I totally geeked out about how thoroughly you sought out consent from the group to video the reading. A friend recently engaged me on the intersections of consent and veganism, a topic I hope to explore more with time.

    Thank you for sharing in your struggle to achieve a dissertation alongside the loves you are encouraging in your life.

    I hope you are finding strength and support for your work. It is encouraging to see how open and available you are to those who seek you out. I feel like you are a role model for many, utilizing what privilege you have toward the benefit of all people, an idea I learned from the Black Panthers. Now if only we can bring back Free Breakfast for Children! My heart sings out to you!

  14. It is quite interesting that white Vegans (or Peta vegans) are quick to point out the lack of suffering of animal argument within your work, but fail to recognize the continued oppression and exploitation of people of color that provide them the plant based products they consume. I do however see the acknowledgement of animal suffering within your work. Thank you.

  15. I think what struck me the most about audience responses were two things:

    1) A white woman approached me after, and said , “The only offensive thing you did during the talk was imply that white people don’t want to talk about race.” I appreciated her comment, but at the same time, tried to explain to her that that has been my experience with trying to talking about race with a significant number of white racialized subjects in the USA and online. Furthermore, it’s not that the collectivity of white people don’t want to talk about race; they want to talk about it on THEIR terms, and then set out a very ‘white’ framing of how they see how race and racism operate. This framing is usually very different than how brown and black racialized subjects have experienced race/racism/whiteness, and how they frame it. In “White Logic, White Methods”, the editors of the book (Zuberi and Bonilla-Silva) argue that it is white collectivity/status quo that set the rules for how race and whiteness MUST BE DISCUSSED in USA, and then expect that people of color go along with this ‘white framing’ of race issues. I also find that white people collectively want to talk about ‘diversity’ when it comes to race issues, versus talking about ‘white neoliberalism.’ This is a snippet from another chapter in my dissertation

    [begin dissertation quote]

    I argue that white people who claim to be anti-racist can still fall into the trap of defining their supposed anti-racism within the context of what Bonilla-Silva and Zuberi call ‘white logic’ and what Robyn Wiegman calls ‘liberal whiteness’ (a.k.a neo-liberal whiteness). First,

    [b]y speaking of logic we refer to both the foundation of the techniques used in analyzing empirical reality, and the reasoning used by researchers in their efforts to understand society. White logic, then, refers to a context in which White supremacy has defined the techniques and processes of reasoning about social facts. (Zuberi and Bonilla-Silva 2008, 17)
    Secondly, in terms of neo-liberal whiteness, Wiegman analyzes

    the white neo-liberal desire to produce an antiracist (or more utopianly, a postracist) white subject disaffiliated from the deployments of white privilege and authority. She outlines the way in which neo-liberalism seeks to disconnect itself from its white supremacist history by rearticulating an anti-racist counterwhiteness. The latter aims to differentiate itself from white supremacy by particularizing itself; it thereby insists upon the definitive discontinuity of its own enterprise and that of white supremacy. (Brewster 2005)

    Though the term White supremacy is often associated with KKK and Nazi youth movement in the USA, White supremacy can also include how white male elite ontological perspectives dominate the production of social facts such as what counts as anti-racism and what does not. Usually, there is disagreement about what counts as anti-racism between the collectivity of white male elite philosophical canon and the non-white population who viscerally experience racism and normative whiteness (Bonilla-Silva 2006; Sullivan and Tuana 2007; Zuberi and Bonilla-Silva 2008; Yancy 2004).

    [end of dissertation quote]

    So it seems like I should have said or made clear during the talk, that most white people I have encountered THINK they want to talk about race and racism, but it feels like they only want to do it on their terms, and in a way that doesn’t really decolonize their brains or be real divestment in their possessive investment in whiteness (as George Lipsitz calls it). If anything, they just want to talk about race in terms of ‘diversity’; and then ‘diversity’ is understood as, “How can I get people of color to AGREE With my [white] framing of veganism, or food, or animal rights, or environementalism?” It’s never, “How am I, as a white person, compliant in keeping the machinery of whiteness going, and how does neo-liberal whiteness turn issues of structural racism and whiteness into a superficial ‘diversity’ issue?”

    The other thing that struck me was:

    2) The discomfort that several women in the audience had (who I read as ‘white’) with the notion of Queen Afua reclaiming that kitchen for black females as a decolonial space of ’empowerment’. I felt like they were turned off by that, and I explained that I understood that this is ‘turn-offish’ within the context of white second wave feminism, but maybe they should consider understanding that cooking and the kitchen doesn’t have to be a ‘negative’ and ‘oppressing’ space for all females, and not all females have a relationship to that space as someone who subscribes to second wave feminist’s “oppressive” take on the kitche. I think what Afrowomanism (which Queen Afua does) gives the space of the kitchen and cooking a completely different context, and presents it in a way that makes second wave (mostly white) feminists uncomfortable because of how cooking and domestic space tend to be ‘accepted’ as fundamentally ‘oppressive’ for ‘all women’ in that second wave [white] feminist canon, but not in Afrocentric Holistic Health canon. But, that’s just my opinion 🙂 But maybe this is connected to my first point, in which it’s kind of a ‘white’ framing or ontology of the kitchen space?

    1. The reality of fear regarding perceived difference is pervasive. I am continually confounded by the inability of some people to see beyond the persona, when scholarly research is the proper mind-set. Being able to set aside “otherness,” especially, when it is by those in the privileged designation is more than problematic. The personal is the political.

      Tonight, I watched an interview of Randall Kennedy, of Harvard on his new book, The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency. Kennedy’s parents and we were friends. He says a number of pertinent things, although he is not as radical as I am. Actually, his father and I were more similar in our militancy–from our experiences growing up southern.” See BookTV, if you can.

      The interviewer, April Ryan, asked about “arrogance” on the part of Rev. Wright, that Obama disavowed ( and when I lost respect.) Kennedy’s reply was, I thought apropos. One responds from one’s unique experience, and that comprehension is sorely missing

  16. Through out history conquerors control the lives of those who they rule. What they ware, eat and speak. You speak of decolonize, stepping away from “Master”. Yet I find that “they” though advertising maintain control of our people. Look at food commercials, see the
    “Happy” black family at the dinner table eating “Masters” meat based diet. Many of these companies original wealth was founded on slavery. And now they still exert control and enter our homes through TV, news papers, flyer’s, and make it all look fun and healthy, yet TV is the worst of all. We are bombarded every minute with Mc D’s, Wendy’s, Bugger King and to many to mention.

    I have never seen a hamburger look so appetizing, the colors are enhanced, tomato’s and lettuce’s glow, the seduction is profound on the mind, especially on the our children. They are the most susceptible, for that reason these companies target children. Look at Mc D’s “Happy Meal”, eye candy to our youth. And the farthest thing from “Healthy”. But to a child, it’s mommy, mommy I want that !

    All of my black friends can’t imagine life without meat, it is as if they still ware the chains from their past, yet these chains do not physically bind them today, they bind them psychologically on their choices of diet, and the unrelenting ad campaigns, seems to keep them chained.

    All indigenous people have a plant based diet, and meat was included, yet when an animals life is taken, there is ritual, and acknowledgement of the sacrifice(of the life taken), and an attempt to appease their God/Gods and not invoke their wrath. Slaughter was never wholesale. We managed herds, as with the indigenous Americans who hunted the Buffalo for thousands of years(proper management), then came the white man and within a few years, the heads were decimated.

    So we as a people, must stand against this, but when it is shoved in your face multiple times a day, combined with the fact, that most have forgotten our original heritage. We have a long road ahead !

    You can cut a chain off your arm or leg, but to remove it from our gray matter, well that’s the hardest task ahead !

    Meat companies, want you to eat meat, that’s where they obtain their profit. They are not spiritual, and have no concern or knowledge, of the price of karma. Nor do they really care about the fate of our planet. The facade that these companies creates, looks pleasing and comfortable.

    To the “Uninformed”.

    1. I wanted to explain that there are more than just Eurocentric philosophical ‘ethics’ behind why some people choose veganism. By Eurocentrism, I mean the philosophical canon of ‘ethics […]

      THIS is the blind spot, the inability to “walk” even a moment, in shoes that are not our own comfort zone.

      One of my teachers, George Leonard, an Akido expert spoke of the advantage of the sport, as “momentarily, getting hooked into the other person’s viewpoint viewpoint”. Akido is not an aggressive martial art, so it is not honored widely..

      1. In Shaolin Temple we have a saying;

        All living creatures are one with the Tao(Dao). Life sustains life, and all living creatures need nourishment, yet with wisdom the body learns to sustain in ways that all may live.

        To extinguish life, is to extinguish light. In our Temple we light candles, and our Temples become brighter. We increase the light. If you extinguish light/life, your Temples become darker.

      2. @authorextraordinaire

        OH, and by the way, I have not consumed animal flesh in 40 yrs.

        Tao gave them birth;

        The power of Tao reared them,
        Shaped them according to their kinds,
        Perfected them, giving to each its strength.

        Therefore of the ten thousand things there is not one that does not
        worship Tao and do homage to its power. Yet no mandate ever went forth
        that accorded to Tao the right to be worshipped, nor to its power the
        right to receive homage. It was always and of itself so.

        Therefore as Tao bore them and the power of Tao reared them, made them
        grow, fostered them, harbored them, brewed for them, so you must
        Rear them, but do not lay claim to them;
        Control them, but never lean upon them,

        Be their steward, but do not manage them.
        This is called the Mysterious Power.

        Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

      3. “I wanted to explain that there are more than just Eurocentric philosophical ‘ethics’ behind why some people choose veganism”.

        ? lol

  17. What in my comment(Through out history conquerors control the lives of those who they rule), warranted this response ?

    “I wanted to explain that there are more than just Eurocentric philosophical ‘ethics’ behind why some people choose veganism. By Eurocentrism, I mean the philosophical canon of ‘ethics […]”

    1. I have no idea, as you submitted a lot of comments and I may have not even been replying to you but meaning to reply to someone else who didn’t understand why I was doing the work I was doing (?)

        1. I find the process of replying to these posts, problematic When I replied to Breeze. a couple of days ago, I was referring to HER discussion of why she replied as she did. My attitude is to say, as always, that WHEN a poster is aware of personal perceptions–as in “attitude and ego- bias, there is minimal contrariness in the response.

          This medium is difficult to traverse, particularly when I do not use Internet language. My comments are in traditional sentence-logic format, not too well known, today.

          I try to “cut to the quick,” but if the lexicon–scholarly–is not known the current shorthand is a miscue–and an error.

          Every time I have left a board/such as this, for about 2O years, it has been due ti the lack of awareness of the lexicon/language of social science and science.

          Sorry Breeze, if I did not translate. My initial comment did not “place” were it was intended.
          I respond directly to your comment, and something was lost. Ameri8can
          English has become a foreign language.

  18. This is not criticisms, just an observation, but take it how every you want!

    Breeze I appreciate your vision, and I know this is about your dissertation, but my “True Veganism” is not about any of this(Eurocentric/Afrocentric approach to veganism), you all further my cause, You, PETA, Mercy For Animals and any organizations that promotes “Veganism”. In all Ancient Traditions, our way’s were taught. This you may not know! Before any “Philosophy/Religion”, there was Veganism, we predate the most ancient writings/Scriptures, our kind are the beginning to all ways, we founded “Enlightenment” which led to all the Great Religions that exist today !

    And on “Health”. We never gave it thought, we respect the ways of the universe. So in my view, you all miss the point !


    I am a Rouge Priest from Shaolin Temple !

    In history, this century will be known as the most barbaric/h­orrific and inhumane period of man, we kill man en-mass, and we in-slave animals for food and contaminate­ the environment­t. And if meat eating caused our big brain, how is it that meat eater’s have not evolved, (and cling to their primitive practise of meat), as we have ? Many tyrants have did the same to man, and we call it barbaric/h­orrific and inhumane. But with animals it’s oh well, that’s just life, what a foolish statement, the beholders of death have no idea of what life is, blind by their own arrogance. Don’t hold it against vegans, that we have a compassion greater than yours, and most of you will never see, life as we do.

    From times ancient, we broke away from the main stream, and chose the path of enlightenm­ent, understand­ing and compassion­(for all life), we set ourselves apart from the mundane and primitive ways of humans. We shall herald in a new era, and follow the ways of the nature, and evolve to a point where all will become enlightene­d.

    In regions where wild animals have never been hunted, they show no fear of man, that’s how nature intended. Animals have learned to fear us, it was never in their nature.

    I smell fear. So delete my comment If ya like…

    And I’m taken back that you did not post the time line of “Veganism” I thought that that would give your dissertation creedence, in the fact that before “Colonialism’s” we followed the ‘Truth!

    Mythical & Divine Origin; Remote-Cla­ssical Antiquity Before the Common Era (BC)
    [Mythical] Triptolemu­s
    [Mythical/­621 BCE] Laws of Draco
    [Divine/c5­00BCE] Laws of Manu
    [Ancient Athens] Apreopagit­es
    Ancient Egyptian Priests
    Cave Paintings
    Ancient Religions—­Jainism,
    Historic India—The doctrines of Ahimsa & Vegetarian­ism evolve.
    [8th C. BCE] Hesiod
    [c599-510 BCE] Siddhartha­, Sakyamuni, Buddha
    [c 599-527 BCE] Mahavira
    [c552-496 BCE] Pythagoras
    [484-425 BCE] Herodotus
    [c492-432 BCE] Empedocles
    [c396-314 BCE] Xenocrates
    [d. 276 BCE] Polemon
    [c273-232 BCE] King Asoka
    [106-43 BCE] Cicero
    [c94-49 BCE] Lucretius
    [1st c. BCE] Quintus Sextius
    [1stc BCE-CE] Pythagoras Sotion
    [70-19 BCE] Virgil
    Classical Antiquity Common Era & Early Church Fathers
    [43 BCE – 17 CE] Ovid
    [c 4 BCE-65] Seneca
    [23-79] Pliny the Elder
    [c46-120] Plutarch
    [d. c215 ]Clement of Alexandria
    [2nd or 3rd C.] Sextus Empiricus
    [c160-230] Tertullian
    [205-270] Plotinus
    [c245-305] Porphyry
    [3rd c.] Arnobius of Sicca
    [c240-320] Lactantius
    [329-379] St. Basil of Casearea
    [c347-407] St. Chrysostom

  19. Hi everyone,

    I just don’t have to time to respond to everyone’s comments, but did want to just say a few quick things.

    My dissertation is about why certain people practice veganism the way they do, and how being racialized in the global West affects this. It is a genealogy of one’s vegan desires, consciousness, and practice. I examined Queen Afua because she is Afrocentric in her belief system and I look at how she is also conscious of anti-black racism and gendered violence. This dissertation chapter is me describing why she has a decolonial focus on the black female body for her veganism (versus animal liberation focus). I also have a chapter that describes a genealogy of PETA and Ingrid Newkirk’s ‘vision of veganism.’ I also look at pro-vegan group Food Empowerment Project and look at their vision through a critical race lens.

    My dissertation is not about proving or disproving that veganism is the best ethical decision. My dissertation is an exploration of how race (racialization, racism, whiteness, and anti-racism) manifests within a particular consumption philosophy in the global West. My dissertation is in the discipline of critical geography.

    If people are not interested in talking about how racialization affects one’s vegan consciousness, then that is your thing… but in all honesty, this blog post should be a SAFE space for people to talk about critical studies of race and whiteness.It is not a space for people to come on and tell people who want to talk about critical studies of race and whiteness, that they should be talking about something else.

    1. Every one has a next reason, me not care. But you sound like your only agenda is this form. So we focus, not on animal state. You is like many, on this thing, I have never been sick ! I don`t seek `Health`, as matter of fact, me must chill, my Soul is dat of Elephant, Hippo !

      All you can equate is Afro(shit)but how long have you embraced `Veganism“ Queen What Every. you are new to our way. In this you are the not `Master, your are but a student(in our kindergarten).

      Nuf Dis, naw cast pearls ta Swine, seen…l

    2. For me, Breeze has clearly stated the purpose of her work and the blog. A scholar chooses an area for study because of a personally focused intent and interest. This combination is almost always an interconnected web of personal curiosity and experience that becomes the impetus for investigation. This is why we call it research–searching, again– for the bases for our observations.


      I am not a vegan, and a wishy-washy vegetarian. When I have tried to drastically alter my diet I have become seriously ill, and as an “ancient,” i cannot take chances with a compromised immune(allergic) body. I support Breeze because I respect her, her curiosity-energy and her creativity–hallmarks of human progress..

      1. “and as an “ancient” Then you realise that allopathic medicine is of no value to you, so Ancient One ! Look at “Ayurvedic Medicine” or TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine), not toxic chemicals, pure ancient “Herbology” and wisdom.

        Your wishy-washy immune system is the legacy your parents, grandparents, and their kind, left you. It is unfortunate that we pay for their KARMA. But being an “Ancient” as myself, you must realize that the bodies we inhabit are no more than temporal hosts, we have assumed many host in the past… And many more to come…

        A Great Master once said;

        When you buy a car, if you give it the right fuel, make sure the oil is always topped off, always have your tune up done on time, check your tire’s regularly, go to the car wash, vacuum and buff on a regular bases, your car should last long.

        But inevitably it breaks down, no matter how well you took care of your vehicle, like any vehicle, it will eventually die ! Then you will go and buy a new car, and start the same cycle again.

        Your “body” is your vehicle at this time, in the this physical realm, in this universe. Your body houses your “spirit”(that which is Immortal). Your body is composed of all the elements, that make up all we see, taste and touch.

        This “planet” is your is your vehicle at this time, in the this physical realm, in this universe, and is composed of all the elements, that make up all we see, taste and touch.

        This “universe” is your is your vehicle at this time, in the this physical realm, in this universe, and is composed of all the elements, that make up all we see, taste and touch.

        Like all things observed in nature, in the universe, there are cycles. Day and night, the coming and going of the four seasons, activity and rest, inhaling, exhaling, Yin and Yang and the like. Where ever we look we see cycles, and there is nowhere, they cannot be found.

        Your “spirit” goes through innumerable bodies and forms. Yet it is a vehicle(your Body)and will wear down. But Don’t Worry. You Get New Vehicle !

        But folly comes when you are born, we forget what was before, so we believe that this realm is real, and it seems real. We get lost in the “Illusion” and think it’s real, seduced by the physical body/mind and universe. We exist for but brief occurrences, coming and going like ocean tides.

        This is the point, the Hindus, Buddhist, Taoist and others have realized, that all things come and go. It’s endless for it, has no beginning, for it was never born, it always was.

        We Taoist call it the Tao, the way of nature, simply that. Call it what you want(God, Creator, Supreme One, Great Spirit, Tao), all our words are part of the “Illusion”, for it truly has no name. Our minds are part of the “Illusion” also. Yet we can learn to think with our spirit mind, as those of old did. When we go within, in the silence, it can be found.

        A journey of a thousand miles, begins with the first step !

        In each life we can advance our spiritual mind, to the point, that there is no separation. Like the Masters of old, one learns to ride the waves, life after life in the unending stream of that which is.

        And on the issue of time, what is it ? In truth, it is nothing, it’s only a manifestation of the material realm(the physical universe). The Tao and the spirit do not age, for they are beyond time and form itself.

        As deep as one can go within ones body/mind, and as far as you can travel into the abyss of deep space, you reach the same point…

        On the “Illusion” Lao Tzu said: “The five colours blind the eye, the five tones deafen the ear, the five flavors dull the palate, and the five physical sensations confuse the mind, and make us act like animals”.

        While we exist in this realm, these things(sen­sations)se­em real, in the transition­, we forget what which was before, that which is permanent.

        So the temporal realm seems real, and it’s pleasures seem vast, yet they are shallow, when compared to our original state, that which we have forgotten.­(A Master once said, every second in Heaven, is like 10 million orgasms)­. It is not to be taken literally, it’s just an example.

        Chuang Tzu said: We posses our body by chance and we are already pleased with it. If our physical bodies went through ten thousand transformations without end, how incomparable would this joy be! Therefore the sage roams freely in the realm in which nothing can escape and all endures. Those who regard dying a premature death, getting old, and the beginning and the end of life as equally good are followed by others. How much more is that to which all things belong and on which the whole process of transformation depends (that is, Tao)?”

        Polarity arises from the Taoist view of the cosmologic­al origins of the universe: Before existence there was an idea–an Absolute. The Chinese call it T’ai Chi, the Supreme Ultimate. The Absolute, in a sudden and tremendous desire to know itself, divided itself from non-existe­nce in a cataclysmi­c event resulting in endless cause and effect–an event that neatly parallels the so-called Big Bang Theory. Instantly, space was formed and time began, and two charged states came into being, yin (negative) and yang (positive)­. As a result of the complement­ary polarity of yin and yang, matter and energy, that were at first undifferen­tiated, separated and regrouped into the physical reality that became our universe.

        Buddhist cosmology (Theraveda) describes the 31 planes of existence in which rebirth takes place. The order of the planes are found in various discourses of the Gautama Buddha in the Sutta Pitaka. For example, in the Saleyyaka Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya the Buddha mentioned the planes above the human plane in ascending order. In several sûtras in the Anguttara Nikaya, the Buddha described the causes of rebirth in these planes in the same order. In Buddhism, the devas are not immortal gods that play a creative role in the cosmic process. They are simply elevated beings who had been reborn in the celestial planes as a result of their words, thoughts, and actions. Usually, they are just as much in bondage to delusion and desire as human beings, and as in need of guidance from the Enlightened One.

        The Buddha is the “teacher of devas and humans (satthadevamanussanam). The devas come to visit the Buddha in the night. The Devatasamyutta and the Devaputtasamyutta of the Samyutta Nikaya gives a record of their conversations. The devaputtas are young devas newly arisen in heavenly planes, and devatas are mature deities.

        The data for the 31 planes of existence in samsara are compiled from the Majjhima Nikaya, Anguttara Nikaya, Samyutta Nikaya, Digha Nikaya, Khuddaka Nikaya, and others. The 31 planes of existence can be perceive by a Buddha’s Divine eye (dibbacakkhu) and some of his awakened disciples through the development of jhana meditation. According to the suttas, a Buddha can access all these planes and know all his past lives as well as those of other beings.

        Fundamental to Hindu concepts of time and space is the notion that the external world is a product of the creative play of maya (illusion).

        “After a cycle of universal dissolution, the Supreme Being decides to recreate the cosmos so that we souls can experience worlds of shape and solidity. Very subtle atoms begin to combine, eventually generating a cosmic wind that blows heavier and heavier atoms together. Souls depending on their karma earned in previous world systems, spontaneously draw to themselves atoms that coalesce into an appropriate body.” – The Prashasta Pada.

        As in modern physics, Hindu cosmology envisaged the universe as having a cyclical nature. The end of each kalpa brought about by Shiva’s dance is also the beginning of the next. Rebirth follows destruction.

        Unlike the West, which lives in a historical world, India is rooted in a timeless universe of eternal return: everything which happens has already done so many times before, though in different guises.

        Carl Sagan pointed out how, in Hindu cosmology, the universe undergoes an infinite number of deaths and rebirths, and its timescales are in the same ballpark as those of modern cosmology. Here is a quote from Cosmos:

        “There is the deep and appealing notion that the universe is but a dream of the god who, after a hundred Brahma years, dissolves himself into a dreamless sleep. The universe dissolves with him – until, after another Brahma century, he stirs, recomposes himself and begins again to dream the cosmic dream.

        Meanwhile, elsewhere, there are an infinite number of universes, each with its own god dreaming the cosmic dream. These great ideas are tempered by another, perhaps greater.

        It is said that men may not be the dreams of gods, but rather that the gods are the dreams of men.”

        Hawking spoke of “God” in a metaphoric­al sense, such as in A Brief History of Time: “If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason — for then we should know the mind of God.” In the same book he suggested the existence of God was unnecessar­y to explain the origin of the universe. In The Grand Design and interviews, he clarifies that he does “not believe in a personal God”.

        Hawking writes, “The question is: is the way the universe began chosen by God for reasons we can’t understand­, or was it determined by a law of science? I believe the second.” He adds, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing.”

        In the book, Cosmos by Carl Sagan, he hypothesiz­ed that, that the universe evolved to the point, that it could look upon itself. We are the end result of the Big Bang, 13.7 Billion years ago, and that the universe itself evolved to become sentient though us. WE are the universe looking at ourselves.

        From its violent beginnings and until its various speculative ends, cosmologists propose that the history of the universe has been governed entirely by physical laws. Theories of an impersonal universe governed by physical laws were first proposed by Roger Bacon. Later Dmitry Grinevich supported Bacon’s proposed laws through some experiments that he performed involving different physical laws. Between the domains of religion and science, stands the philosophical perspective of metaphysical cosmology. This ancient field of study seeks to draw intuitive conclusions about the nature of the universe, man, God and/or their relationships based on the extension of some set of presumed facts borrowed from spiritual experience and/or observation.

        But metaphysical cosmology has also been observed as the placing of man in the universe in relationship to all other entities. This is demonstrated by the observation made by Marcus Aurelius of a man’s place in that relationship: “He who does not know what the world is does not know where he is, and he who does not know for what purpose the world exists, does not know who he is, nor what the world is.” This is the purpose of the ancient metaphysical cosmology.

        Cosmology is often an important aspect of the creation myths of religions that seek to explain the existence and nature of reality. In some cases, views about the creation (cosmogony) and destruction (eschatology) of the universe play a central role in shaping a framework of religious cosmology for understanding humanity’s role in the universe.

        This is a playground for Gods, yet in many of them, the truth is forgotten, seduced by the physical realm, they have lost there way and behave like wild animals hunting.

        With all the sensory stimulatio­n around, it’s easy to get distracted­, that’s why many in the past retreated into the mountains, and into Temples…

        Yet with the right lifestyle(­diet/mind)­, one can succeed in the now, no need to go anywhere.

        And there is no time limit, there is no time…

        I’m just an old Student of the Tao, who walks an ancient road… Forever treadind…

        Oh, and watch your “Karma”…

        1. I am always open to NEW information. Breeze, your work is into new and fascinating possibilities. Keep it coming. I use homeopathic remedies, prescribed by a Oriental medicine doctor, who was trained by an American MD-psychiatrist, who discovered that Chinese medicine was more helpful. He studied in England and China, owns “Dragon’s Rises College of Oriental Medicine. An early (1970s) experience was with the the Himilayan Institute. I studied aryurvedic and homeopathy. I have my own kit.) An authentic indigenous sweat lodge is excellent healing. Before moving here, a naturopath was my care giver for ten years. Did you know that there are only five “accredited” homeopathy colleges in the US, whereas there are more than forty in Australia. I think this indicates something important about views of health in these places.

          My introduction to complementary-holistic health care began with an MD father, who was trained before the chemical model gained control–1950s. Mother’s pharmacy smelled like an herb shop. Everything in it was plant based. I am privileged to have been able to encounter holistic processes all along the way. Your work enlarges the possibilities for inclusiveness, that I champion.

  20. I have been “Vegan” before ya born, Jump on our wagan, but ya can not fool us as youfool dem, seen, ya not true Vegan ! Euro/African nonsence !

  21. The African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem are Vegans

    “I just want to do God’s will… He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain… I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know… that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1968

    “The truth is, blessings or curses are each the fruit (results) of the works of those upon whom they fall. Thereby, in the final analysis, man either blesses or curses himself.”
    God and the Law of Relativity – Ben Ammi

    We have built a society based on the precepts of righteousness which emanates the presence of God and serves as a living example for all men… a society where solutions to the seemingly irreversible problems that plague mankind – rampant disease, drug abuse, sexual abuse, corruption, ecological destruction, disintegration of the family unity, etc. – can be found.

    We do not subscribe to any religion because religions have only divided men. We regard the true worship of God as a continuous process: 24 hours a day… 7 days a week.

    “The true worship of God is an entire way of life, a continuous action, from the meal you eat in the morning, to the job you work on. It encompasses your every deed and thought.”
    God The Black Man and Truth, by Ben Ammi

    If we all worshipped God in this manner there would be no hole in the ozone, the water would be safe to drink, there would be no threat of war and there would be no inequality among men.

    “In conjunction with these Holy Days we also observe (among others) the following Biblical laws: the maintenance of a vegan diet void of all animal by-products (Genesis 1:29)

    1. All creatures on earth are sentient beings. There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings – but they are communities like you.” (The Quran 6:38)

  22. The Essene Gospel of Peace III

    I know that I’m not what you want, on this site, but as I said, You, PETA, Mercy For Animals and any organizations that promotes “Veganism”. you all further my cause,

    Translated by Purcell Weaver and Edmond Szekely the following is considered by some to be a true account of Christ’s original teaching. Based on texts from the Vatican library and the Royal Library of the Hapsburg’s and dated to the first century AD, it contains many references to fasting, vegetarianism and angels; all of which were altered or entirely removed from Christian teaching after the first Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. Convened by the Emperor Constantine the Council effectively hammered out what was to become the Holy Roman Law scriptures. In the process a lot of Christianity’s original spiritual essence was edited or removed entirely to serve the more earthly agendas of the emergent Holy Roman Empire. We leave you to decide whether the following is in fact the authentic word of Christ…

    And it was by the bed of a stream; many sick fasted and prayed with God’s angels for seven days and seven nights. And great was their reward, because they followed Jesus words. And with the passing of the seventh day, all their pains left them. And when the sun rose over the earth’s rim they saw Jesus coming towards them from the mountain, with the brightness of the rising sun about his head.

    “Peace be with you.”

    And they said no word at all, but only cast themselves down before him, and touched the hem of his garment in token of their healing.

    “Give thanks not to me, but to your Earthly Mother, who sent you her healing angels. Go, and sin no more, that you may never again see disease. And let the healing angels become your guardians.”

    But they answered him: “Whither should we go, Master, for with you are the words of eternal life? Tell us, what are the sins which we must shun, that we may nevermore see disease?”

    Jesus answered: “Be it so according to your faith,” and he sat down among them, saying:

    “It was said to them of old time, ‘Honour thy Heavenly Father and thy Earthly Mother, and do their commandments, that thy days may be long upon the earth.’ And next afterward was given this commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ for life is given to all by God, and that which God has given, let not man take away. For I tell you truly, from one Mother proceeds all that lives upon the earth. Therefore, he who kills, kills his brother. And from him will the Earthly Mother turn away, and will pluck from him her quickening breasts. And he will be shunned by her angels, and Satan will have his dwelling in his body. And the flesh of slain beasts in his body will become his own tomb. For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and whoso eats the flesh of slain beasts, eats of the body of death. For in his blood every drop of their blood turns to poison; in his breath their breath to stink; in his flesh their flesh to boils; in his bones their bones to chalk; in his bowels their bowels to decay; in his eyes their eyes to scales; in his ears their ears to waxy issue. And their death will become his death. For only in the service of your Heavenly Father are your debts of seven years forgiven in seven clays. But Satan forgives you nothing and you must pay him for all. ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot; burning for burning, wound for wound; life for life, death for death.’ For the wages of sin is death. Kill not; neither eat the flesh of your innocent prey, lest you become the slaves of Satan. For that is the path of sufferings, and it leads unto death. But do the will of God, that his angels may serve you on the way of life. Obey, therefore, the words of God: ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is breath of life, I give every green herb for meat. Also the milk of every thing that moveth and liveth upon earth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given unto them, so I give their milk unto you. But flesh, and the blood which quickens it, shall ye not eat. And, surely, your spurting blood will I require, your blood wherein is your soul; I will require all slain beasts, and the souls of all slain men. For I the Lord thy God am a God strong and jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength: this is the first and greatest commandment.’ And the second is like unto it: ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself’ There is none other commandment greater than these.”

    And after these words they all remained silent, save one, who called out: “What am I to do, Master, if I see a wild beast rend my brother in the forest? Shall I let my brother perish, or kill the wild beast? Shall not I thus transgress the law?”

    And Jesus answered: “It was said to them of old time: ‘All beasts that move upon the earth, all the fish of the sea, and all the fowl of the air are given into thy power.’ I tell you truly, of all creatures living upon the earth, God created only man after his image. Wherefore beasts are for man, and not man for beasts. You do not, therefore, transgress the law if you kill the wild beast to save your brother’s life. For I tell you truly, man is more than the beast. But he who kills the beast without a cause, though the beast attack him not, through lust for slaughter, or for its flesh, or for its hide, or yet for its tusks, evil is the deed which he does, for he is turned into a wild beast himself. Wherefore is his end also as the end of the wild beasts.”

    We know before what you call “Colonialism ” That we follow the “Truth” Lost by some, but not by “ALL”



  24. bREEZE, mE gHoSt, you must find truth, for it befalls, pon yo ofspring, senn, you are mother, a leadre of humankind ! Uhdrestand ! ! ! nXest Gen is You child !

      1. I am reborn, with savage vengeance, to avenge my Children(all life), me not want this. But I insane, in that I was a Demon, I was sent here to observe, and it makes me cry, I am a redemption for all “Life”, Every COW Killed IS mine child, every Animals is mine, not yours to take, but I am tired, of pain I inflict, upon those who no not truth. I lust in rebirth, so I may do to your ki9nd as you do unto mine,.

        Me NOT^ EAT FLESH, ME CONSUME SOULS, but I pray that Humans, seek “Light” This World not know what they do, But in the Billions Word=lds, dat exist, this world screams, I have been chosen to be the Destroyer, an me not happy, but me not turn from my destiny

  25. “For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and whoso eats the flesh of slain beasts, eats of the body of death. For in his blood every drop of their blood turns to poison; in his breath their breath to stink”

    1. Tabuism, I think it’s quite difficult to have a dialogue because you keep on writing over and over again how everyone should be vegan and providing long quotations. Could you please not do that anymore?

  26. I am an Orphan, Sent to see, and to report what I found, when I leave, to return “Home”. Many worlds I live, not many like dis. A hundreds of hundred of Billions of Worlds in the Universes, yet this World screams louder than all ? I was beat every day as a child, that is why me Orphan, to know how one lives without “LOVE” as the Children of this place live ! ! !

    But I is the Child of God, so is all life. I hate this fate, but in “death” you who kill life, be mine in Death, no screams we hear…. LOL. as you not hear my children scream….

    I take life, of those who have no respect for “LIFE”…


  27. BREEZE, VEGANISM IS TRUTH, you only see it as a way of health, Because you had gental problems ? WE are deeper than that, Live in harmony, no stress fallow you. Me not worship no “GOD”. For LIFE IS GOD. Share the World. All GREAT WAYS, Speak same… Afro & not- Afro ?

    1. I understand that all thins are connected, but the ability to discern between the door and the wall is an important intellectual, and survival ability. Please, as someone with limited time–stay on topic–Breezie’s revolutionary research into a unique area of food and power/racism is a small flame that needs to be nurtured. Thank you

  28. my “True Veganism” is not about any of this(Eurocentric/Afrocentric approach to veganism), you all further my cause, You, PETA, Mercy For Animals and any organizations that promotes “Veganism”. In all Ancient Traditions, our way’s were taught. This you may not know! Before any “Philosophy/Religion”, there was Veganism, we predate the most ancient writings/Scriptures, our kind are the beginning to all ways, we founded “Enlightenment” which led to all the Great Religions that exist today !

  29. “Tabuism, I think it’s quite difficult to have a dialogue because you keep on writing over and over again how everyone should be vegan and providing long quotations. Could you please not do that anymore/”

    I want to save Humankind, do you Believe in “KARMA”/REBIRTH ? Maybe you are Not our next “Queen” My BAD for thinking SO !

  30. I apologize for my contention, I truly Luv the concept of “Sistah Vegan” and wish that “All” embrace what you bring forth, you are on an eternal path, none is Holier than your cause. That is why I beseach my mentor’s not to distroy this world, there are many who embrace “Veganism”. But in 7Billion, we only occupy 1% of humankind, how many do not know the truth. So Blessed Be The Way you Teach !

    In My heart you are LOVE, spread word. Save Life, no task is more righteous, than yours…

  31. Hello,

    I have been inspired by numerous events, readings, and experiences to become vegan. I’m really interested in minimizing harm to humans, non-human animals, and the environment. As you know, this is an everyday struggle. Do you have an resources that could help me on this journey? I’m looking for websites that list critical literature and product lists. I’m also working to consume fewer products in general and I need more help in this as well. I’d love to hear some of your suggestions in this journey. I’m very interested in pursuing a low- cost DIY lifestyle. However, my unique location in the US does not give me easy access to all the suggestions Queen Afua.

    In Peace,

  32. Reblogged this on Jesse Rice-Evans and commented:
    Read an amazing interview with Dr. A. Breeze Harper (aka Sistah Vegan) and found her fabulous blog. This article features video of a talk she gave at UC Berkeley about Afrocentric Veganism–a decolonial understanding of food geography and imperialist politics. Brilliant! Read and share.

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