Hard to answer succinctly, but I think the backlash is not about animal rights, but more about a MAN interrupting WOMEN which has historically been the way conversations happen in this country. Add to it that WOC are being interrupted and it’s a recipe to delegitimize a cause. 1/
I think we’d both agree that animal rights is an important topic for many reasons. Unfortunately, in this instance, AR is no longer the topic of discussion. Rather, a man who appears as white on camera, interrupting, silencing, and threatening women of color is the takeaway. 2/
I think the comparison to Bernie is interesting. If you take a look at the video of bernie being interrupted I think two things were going on 1) #BLM had gained enough support to stage a disruption and 2) The optics were in the disruptors’ favor. 3/
I think it’s incumbent upon those of us who fight for animal rights to be those voices that bring the issue to the forefront. We would do better to find the barriers between most people and the ethics behind AR, and remove those than clout chasing at others’ events. 4/
At the same time I think we can recognize that a diversity of tactics is usually the most efficient way to make social change. To me, the most unfortunate part of this action is it gives voice to the idea of monolithic “white vegans” that we all dislike so much 5/
Hopefully next time we see a #vegan action there’s no space for anyone to hang a #colonizer narrative on it. That said @nutsci I value your intellect and opinions and welcome any thoughts you have. Again I think it’s important that we have these discussions #fortheanimals 6/
Ahhh meant @GarrettBroad not @nutsci. My bad.
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