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I generally try to ignore and avoid faction fighting because it’s energy draining and time consuming and is frequently personality based, but I decided to address some of the issues that have arisen from recent claims by a small few that the abolitionist movement is “rampantly racist”, “sexist” and “hostile to people of colour”. If you are not involved in the abolitionist community you may wish to skip this one.
I discuss the history of the term “abolitionist” and why it is not racist to use it in relation to veganism and why it is not appropriating the term if we look at history. I talk a little about overt and structural racism, credentialism and tokenism. I ask the question, has the movement become more about the messenger than the message?
Please read my disclaimer about any pages, groups, sites, individuals, opinions, etc mentioned in this podcast episode or any episodes past and future.
Thanks to Vegan Ethos for her contributions relating to the history of abolition in particular.
For further info:
An article from Ecorazzi
Prison State America: Inmates becoming corporate slaves in for-profit facilities
Intersectionality and Abolitionist Veganism: Part 1 | Vegan Ethos
Intersectionality and Abolitionist Veganism Part 2.
For a comprehensive look at the many issues I mention in this podcast episode, view the many excellent 30 minute programs by The Empire Files.
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