Anonymous asked: Do you think most hard core vegans are racist? I ask this because it sure seems like it especially with ethnocentric views that would force non-western cultures to adapt to entirely new lifestyles in order to follow their rules. Especially pastoral and hunter gather cultures where animals aren't just food but are spiritually important.
I don’t think that being a vegan is relevant to whether or not someone is racist, though it can affect how that racism is expressed, both what outward form it takes and the circumstances under which it’ll come up to the surface in an obvious way.
I think the feeling of moral invincibility that some of the really zealous vegans display can make them more bold and uncaring about how openly they display their racism… because they “know” they’re the good guys, and the good guys can’t be racist, so they have no hesitation or doubt or second-guessing about their impulses.
But this isn’t unique to vegans. It’s the same thought process going on in the head of the guy who can’t be racist because he’s gay (and gay is the new Black), or the women who can’t be racist because they’re feminists (insert John Lennon/Yoko Ono lyric here), or the ultra progressive lefty liberal who can’t be racist because they believe in True Equality For All And Martin Luther King Jr Would Cry If He Saw How You’re Treating Me.
The bottom line is that there’s nothing special about being a vegan, in regards to racism. In a racist society, racism is going to be ubiquitous. Do I think most hard core vegans are racist? Yes, at least the white ones. I think the same thing about extreme couponers, tea cup poodle fanciers, and miniature war gamers. Not because there’s anything special about these groups, but because of the society they exist in.
Now, hard core vegans do differ from some groups in that they have a cause, which will make them more vocal. But that doesn’t mean that white omnivores aren’t harboring the same levels of racism, narcissism, ethnocentrism, and xenophobia… we just express it in response to a different set of cues. Like a year or two ago when that guy was liveblogging in anticipation of a church mission trip to India, and he made a point of taking pictures of his steak dinner with some kind of snide comment about the Hindu religion. Or actually I think it was about the Indian people, because he wasn’t even distinguishing between the two. Guy was definitely not a vegan, but the same attitude you’re alluding to was present.