Black Vegans Make Themselves Known
The New York Times’ Kim Severson has just produced an article showcasing some of the prominent faces in today’s black vegan movement. Touching on the history of health rooted within the community, and noting the ever-growing list of black celebrities and sports stars influencing the movement today. This article has been reproduced and we’re thrilled to see more exposure, black veganism is still very much the minority. It’s important to the vegan movement as a whole, that efforts are made to reach every vegan, including marginalized vegan folks.
Among those mentioned in this article we see Aph Ko, a black decolonial theorist and co-author of the book. ‘Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters’. Tassali Ma’at, owner of Tassali’s Raw Reality in Atlanta.
Bryant Terry, chef-in-residence at The Museum of the African Diaspora in San Franscisco. Jenne Claiborne, private chef, cooking instructor and YouTube sensation (we love her). Check out Black Vegans Rock. What started as a list of 100 Black Vegans turned into a devoted platform. It shines a much needed light on black veganism everywhere! Kim Severson touches on a heavily overlooked part of why being vegan and black is important. Our history with food.
Jenne Claiborne says “For a lot of black people, it is also the social justice and food access. The food we have been eating for decades and decades is killing us.”
The standard diet black people eat today has oppressive ties, when as a people, we are meant to be eating from the earth. Staples within diet that stereotypes us today are fried chicken, collards cooked with the flesh and bones of pigs, mac n’ cheese with 5 different kinds of processed “cheese.” The traditional West African diet consists of fresh plant foods, colorful fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, tubers like yams and sweet potatoes. Beans of all kinds, nuts, rice, flat breads, and other grains.
Severson does a great job of putting a spotlight on food and culture today. Veganism is on the rise, and it’s important to be a part of it. Vegan Pregnancy & Parenting is an inclusive corporation with a diverse staff. We’ll make every effort to promote the diversity of vegans, and are fully aware of the importance of such a insurgence! As the managing editor of Raise Vegan Magazine, and a young, black and Hispanic, vegan professional I felt compelled to both praise and educate these efforts.
I believe that whenever possible, a people’s culture should be represented by said people.