On Racial Macro-Aggressions and More: ‘It’s time to grow the fuck up and start bonding for the animals’

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 (A. Breeze Harper) for opening up my heart about racial micro-aggressions while pregnant and trying to do both anti-racism and critical animal studies.

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

Have you ever poured your heart out about the macro or micro racial aggressions you have experienced? How it’s accumulated and caused you pain and suffering? After doing that, have you ever been told to ‘grow up’ or ‘Stop being a weak brain-washed negro?’ Have you been attacked from all sides when all you need is love, compassion, and understanding? With videos like the below, I have been contacted by many Black ‘conscious’ people who explain to me that I’m a brainwashed negro and need to ‘wake up’…I’ve been contacted by white people to stop playing the race card and grow the ‘fuck’ up.  Have you experienced this at all? I find it very un-loving and confusing, but that is just me. I can’t tell you how many times I have experienced this. And yes, when self-identified ‘conscious’ Black people tell me I’m ‘brainwashed’ for being so ‘weak’ to let white people ‘get to me’, I consider this a racial macro-aggression too for not being a certain type of ‘strong black woman’ for opening up my heart about my mental health as an anti-racism educator within vegan, mostly white, spaces. This isn’t micro-aggressive to me at all. These are flat out macro-aggressions and I always wonder if those who employ these tactics actually expect people like me to be ‘cured’ of whatever it is that they think is ailing me from being the ‘right’ type of Black person. I do the opposite. When I encounter these tactics, most of the time I just want to I run away or feel like I should be ashamed for being human with a big emotional heart.

I so suspect that a lot of these comments simply have to be trolls. Look at Northern Light below who commented less than 24 hours ago, in response to another white person. Seriously, this has to be a troll, right?



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10 thoughts on “On Racial Macro-Aggressions and More: ‘It’s time to grow the fuck up and start bonding for the animals’

  1. Hilarious! No, it’s not all about the animals. How ridiculous? This whole animal rights movement and “anti-speciecism” is just another one of the many ways white supremacy infiltrates society. These AR activists literally worship animals and other single issue AR activists. They want to silence people of color and could careless about justice for humans, but we’re supposed to support their “cause.” Sorry, but nope! I’m not supporting people who are racist, sexist, and much more! Oh, but it’s for the animals… please it’s more about their egos and wanting to feel superior to others.

    As a young black woman who became vegan for ethical reasons (animal exploitation etc) these single issue AR activists are the absolute worst. They will never get my support and I will continue to speak out against them and their nonsense.

  2. I forgot to add that these single issue AR activists don’t even have a basic understanding of systems that oppress like capitalism, systematic racism for example. Instead of actually learning about these things they spend time trying to argue that animals are equal to humans, when they aren’t. Animals and humans are not cognitively on the same level. Now, does that mean it gives us the right to exploit them? In my opinion, no but we aren’t equal. We are different. Comparing black people (and other oppressed groups) to animals is ridiculous dehumanizing racist nonsense. They will do anything to strip people of color of their humanity while doing any and everything to uphold theirs. Hopefully more vegans of color wake up!

    1. Let’s not forget that black people have been fighting till this day for our humanity and we still aren’t viewed as equal human beings to white people. We’re still being compared to animals. These single issue AR activists don’t care though, just like they don’t care about who grows their “cruelty free” foods among other things.

  3. There is so very much in this post and video that is worthy of exploration. Wow.

    I’ll simply focus on the comment that began the post.

    My first thought was “what a jerk”, then I felt embarrassment because, even though it isn’t stated, the likelihood is high that the person who wrote the comment is someone who occupies some of the same positional characteristics that I do (western euro white male). That may be erroneous, but I suspect it isn’t. Sadly. Even if the author of the comment isn’t a white male…they were engaging in that which is captured by the wonderfully descriptive phrases of “mansplaining” and “whitesplaining”. Maybe there needs to be a new one called “vegansplaining”.

    Being a human with a big emotional heart is a tremendous accomplishment and something we all should aspire to…but being that way frightens many because it makes them aware of their own failings. I suspect that’s what motivated that sad sad comment. What they wrote had everything to do with their own issues and little to do with your message.

  4. That video was one of my favorites that you’ve posted, since it was so real and honest. I agree with Veganelder’s guess that the negative response is due to the viewer’s own issues. Thank you for sharing so openly despite having to deal with this kind of thing.

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