Myth #7: "Veganism Is Only For The White Privileged"
The ethos of veganism is and should be rooted in anti-suppression and justice. Veganism should be available to everyone. In fact, in 2016, only 3% of U.S Americans identified as vegan, compared to 8% of Black Americans. In addition, in 2020, 19% of white people ate less meat compared to 31% of people of colour**.
So why do we only see middle-aged white women in yoga pants shout about being vegan?
From appropriating Black culture to sell cookbooks, the demand for products that strip the Global South of their natural resources, and marketing foods traditionally eaten by BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of colour) such as tofu as novel/new, mainstream veganism is overwhelming white, inaccessible and upholds white supremacy.
However, it doesn't have to be this way. White vegans have a responsibility to ensure that veganism stays rooted in anti-oppression and justice.
We’d like to highlight a great website*** created by Aph Ko called ‘Black Vegans Rock’ which was set up to address this very important issue and to support Black Vegans.