VEGANISM AS A SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT
When used as a platform for social justice, veganism can fuel the movement for equality to a level of consciousness that is unattainable with a
Unfortunately, we reside in a world where one’s income determines their access to health care and fair treatment and representation in the judicial system. The color of one’s skin can determine a guilty verdict before concrete evidence is even presented in a courtroom. So how can we use veganism to help remedy the existing classism, racial profiling, and sexism, and the imbalance of wealth, to promote equity and equality throughout the world? The simple answer is that veganism and the compassion for all living beings that comes with it helps balance the scales and promote equality
The answer is access and the moral of the story is equity.
These issues are layered and complex, much like an onion. What a fitting vegetable to use to illustrate society’s ills. An onion’s pale access bulb conceals a multitude of concentric layers that pack an eyewatering redolence. Let us take another look at what happens when vegetables meet social justice. Take a moment to recall our finest grocery stores offering the best vegan selections, freshest produce, and organic food options. Whom do they, or don’t they, serve?
Some may argue the demographics of rural environments or bring up the nature of life in third world countries as a comparison. I ask these eyes wide shut citizens to adjust their gaze and see what’s health carehappening right in front of them.
Look beneath the surface of your everyday life. Research images of veganism and reach into your inner thoughts for reasoning. Now think about how wealth is distributed into haves and have-nots. Classism is not so subtly hidden at the root of wealth imbalance in our country. Behind the guise of classism settles the dust of food deserts, communities where nutritious, healthy food is unavailable. Bite into the bitter yields of these crops and taste the pains of the underserved
We’ve come so far yet still have far to go. From the Woolworth sit-ins of 1960 to the recent arrests of two African American men at a Philadelphia Starbucks, social warfare is still a clear and present danger in public establishment. If these coffee mugs could talksociety’s illsthey would tell stories of not only the injustice they’ve witnessed but how such blatant unfairness is covered up with slight of hand and kept out of the public eye. A situation where two innocent men were arrested for not purchasing their coffee fast enough can be covered with a public relations tweet. An incident where a young man is chased with a gun because he stopped at a household to ask for directions can be settled without any penalties. What is one to do when a civilization’s entire group of authority has deemed you, and anyone who looks like you, a perpetrator – invisible enemies are psychological. Psychological warfare at its worst assaults the mind into accepting toxicity. Toxic consumption can lead one into the pitfalls delaying progress.
The fact that some can access chemically processed French fries in their neighborhood but an organic piece of produce is nowhere
What a beautiful world it would be if everyone had access to what they needed. The need for easily accessible, produce-bearing crops and for foods that build a nutritionally balanced meal is why we are all here. The opportunity to allow others to join in on the vegetation of a feast is why we stay the course. We’re here to create a world where anyone can sit and wait for a friend before ordering their coffee without it being considered loitering. Circumstances are becoming more equal, yes, but let’s come together and claim equity as our new world order.
If we can unite and become advocates for the rights of animals, we can definitely the for the rights of the people – Right?
Gone are the days of veganism as a trend for the slim, monochromatic, privileged, tree huggers of society. Here’s to veganism as a social justice movement where we use our platform for human progress and shed a light on injustice in all walks of life. Here’s to revamping nutritional education, eliminating food deserts, and painting new pictures of universal health and cultural access for all.
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