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This thread is for #white #vegans & #animalrights activists who recognize we are often the problem in the way we articulate issues having to do with the other animals. One step is to learn as much as you can about #WhiteSupremacy & #WhitePrivilege. Read! #BlackHistoryMonth2020
Do you know the history of the Civil Rights movement? You could start by reading vol 1 of "America in the King Years," "Parting the Waters" by @taylorbranch. simonandschuster.com/books/Parting-…
@taylorbranch In 1962, the Civil Rights Commission was going to make a very strong statement about racism. Politically, it would be problematic for President Kennedy. JFK was told "It is legal for the police to use dogs." So, turn to "Afro-Dog" next. cup.columbia.edu/book/afro-dog/…
@taylorbranch You can listen to an interview with Bénédicte Boisseron the author of "Afro-Dog" here: edgeeffects.net/afro-dog-bened… #BlackHistoryMonth2020 #whitevegansdealingwithourwhiteprivileges #WhiteSupremacy
@taylorbranch I don't agree with her that #PeterSinger enabled writers like me to make connections (it's in a footnote). Many of us were thinking about this issue before Singer, & his #utilitarianism lacks the vision of #antiracistfeminism in making connections.
@taylorbranch As you read about #whitesupremacy & its responses to the #CivilRightsMovement you'll start wondering, how did #racistideas find a home in the #UnitedStates? Turn to @DrIbram's "Stamped from the Beginning." nationalbook.org/books/stamped-…
@taylorbranch @DrIbram Next on your #workingonwhiteprivilege reading list, devour "Aphro-Isms by Aph and Syl Ko. They write: “Racism is simultaneously anti-black & anti-animal, as seen by racial ideology’s elevation and celebration of ‘the human’ & ‘humanity’ particularly as Western and white” #vegans
@taylorbranch @DrIbram @lanternmedia Making connections was pursued by the Combahee River Collective, & the black feminists who issued the remarkable statement of the 1970s on interconnections, who are interviewed by @KeeangaYamahtta in "How We Get Free" #whitevegansworkingontheirprivilege haymarketbooks.org/books/1108-how…
@taylorbranch @DrIbram @lanternmedia @KeeangaYamahtta The Combahee River Collective Statement said, "Eliminating #racism in the white women's movement is by definition work for white women to do," but they would expect accountability for us. And eliminating racism in the vegan & ar movements is by definition the work of white vegans
@taylorbranch @DrIbram @lanternmedia @KeeangaYamahtta The contentious nomination process for #ClarenceThomas for the #SupremeCourt was profoundly considered in an anthology by the late lamented #ToniMorrison. It's a brilliant profound book. penguinrandomhouse.com/books/117656/r…
@taylorbranch @DrIbram @lanternmedia @KeeangaYamahtta In "Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power," #ToniMorrison's anthology, you can read a mind-blowing essay by Kimberle Crenshaw @sandylocks & deepen an understanding of what she meant when she coined the term #intersectionality & realize that most #whitevegans are using it wrongly.
@taylorbranch @DrIbram @lanternmedia @KeeangaYamahtta @sandylocks Now, you might be ready to read Nell Irvin Painter's "The History of White People," to start making visible what we so often let go untheorized, our #whiteness. wwnorton.com/books/The-Hist… #whitevegansworkingontheirwhiteprivilege
@taylorbranch @DrIbram @lanternmedia @KeeangaYamahtta @sandylocks Then turn to "White Fragility: Why It's so hard for white people to talk about racism" by Robin Diangelo. When do we, white #vegans & animal rights activists talk about #racism? #whitevegansworkingonourwhiteprivilege penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/566247/w…
@taylorbranch @DrIbram @lanternmedia @KeeangaYamahtta @sandylocks Do you rejoice in stiffer #prison time for #animalabusers? That means you are accepting the social framing of a #carceral society. Catch up with the problem of "Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" in "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander. #vegans #animalrights
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