I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook the other day and was very delighted and sadly a little surprised to see this article about vegan women of color.
The reason I was surprised was because unfortunately you don’t see many mainstream vegan outlets daring to broach this topic. I have been doing a lot of reflecting and discussing about this topic lately, so I immediately dove in to see which angle would be taken.
Much of the article focuses on the work of scholar A. Breeze Harper of The Sistah Vegan Project and Lauren Ornelas of Food Empowerment Project. I was already familiar with The Sistah Vegan Project, so it was nice to learn about another project that I had not yet heard of. As the article states, each lady has a different focus as it pertains to veganism, but they are of equal importance in my opinion. I applaud both ladies for stepping up and working tirelessly to shed light on the issue of women of color and veganism and pleased that VegNews opened up this topic on their website.
I will admit, however, I became a tad disheartened when I reached the end of the article and got to the comments section. I don’t always pay close attention to the comments section of articles I read all the time, but in this case I was very interested to see what type of reader feedback would be present.
I had my hopes high for a number of different responses from VegNews readers about this topic, but that was not the case. There wasn’t a lot of discussion and the responses seemed to be from only people of color. I feel that it was so great for this article to be featured and for women of color to be included in the vegan conversation in VegNews, but the piece ended up seemingly preaching to the choir.
I can only hope this is just the beginning of a discussion that will be ongoing in the vegan mainstream, but it I believe we have a long way to go. I can only hope more of our voices and experiences will be heard and seen in the pages of the magazine and that we won’t be the only ones to respond and offer opinion about this issue.
I encourage you to read the article and would love to hear your thoughts!