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Aphro-Ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters

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If you have any interest at all in a discussion on race, species, power structure, and how they might be connected, I encourage you to read these essays. for how our collective liberation movements can be more inclusive and tackle the root of oppression moving forward.

Over the past 500 years, brutal and horrific treatment of black people has been justified because they were seen as sub-human or animal. What action could there possibly be that would fit for all non-human animals to have this adjective make sense? Each essay is incredibly thoughtful and as a collection this book is varied, but to (probably over)simplify, Aph and Syl Ko both posit that the framework that defines animality is the same one that upholds white supremacy. One part I kept thinking about is how a group of indigenous peoples in South America have “no concept of nature in their language.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Moreover, by endorsing the negative status of the animal and that infliction of violence upon animal bodies is legitimate, we accept the value system the perpetuates a racial hierarchy which places white men at the top and everyone else below. any and all discussions that incorporate animals and oppressed humans, especially black people, in the same space are now forbidden at the risk of a collective meltdown. They are still questioning and grappling with these words and concepts (pop culture, feminism and black veganism) themselves.

But we tend to overlook the possibility that wanting to homogenise people despite our different histories. This discussion often focuses on the sensitivities of oppressed groups - are we upsetting or offending anyone - which is a valid question.Let's use our erasure from this rotten-to-the-core Western notion of humanity to build up a different “new world,” one that is not defined in terms of dichotomies or hierarchies or emotional death—but centered on love: one in which we accept ambiguity and difference, grounded in an expansive, limitless “we. Aph and Syl Ko have opened my eyes and my mind to the connection between ethical veganism and anti-racism activism. I have personally seen this extensively in discussions on gender over the years, where instead of a willingness to discuss viewpoints, the premise of structural inequality—rather than targeted inequality—is dismissed at its core.

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