The color of my skin should not dictate my personal lifestyle, who I vote for, who I marry, what I eat or how I choose to procure said food.
As an American Conservative who happens to be black, I am used to reading comments from people that attack me based on skin color. I am used to waking up and reading racist YouTube and Facebook comments that insult me for criticizing political parties and ideologies that I disagree with. It wasn’t until I started homesteading and openly advocating for self sustainable meat, fur and hunting practices that I realized that attacks on my identity would persist in the, “Right to Farm” battle.
While majority of the racially charged comments come from white vegans and animal rights activists, I’ve received slurs and racially based arguments from people of a variety of ethnic groups. So I do not believe the comments are made out of specific racial hatred for black people. Quite the opposite. I believe these comments are made out of frustration that one's personal stereotypes of a racial group is not being affirmed. For example, I am constantly accused of being an oppressed individual by virtue of my race. Or that I should, “know” discrimination. This is under the assumption that my life is constantly under the thumb of some oppressive entity. That I am a victim. A slave to my society. Even worse that I am like an endangered species that needs coddling by know better white vegans. Because of it, I need to be taught better by those who know better than me.
A condescending concept is it not?
Anyone who stereotypes my existence as oppressed and victimized clearly does not personally know me.
Firstly, I was raised in
a tolerant but firm, suburban upbringing. My mother raised my sister and I as Christians. With a sense of independence. Nobody was going to just hand us anything. In everything we do, we work hard for it and keep the faith. We were not raised to be victims. Using “oppression” as an excuse for failure would not fly in my mother’s house. Because of my mother’s fantastic parenting, my homesteading and personally Conservative lifestyle has done nothing but helped me become a more educated, freer and productive individual.
The next issue is watching vegans pillage the memory of slaves as arguments for veganism and animal rights. My ancestor was the product of American slavery and a slave himself. He would go on to fight in the civil war. We still have his bible. He unsurprisingly ate meat. I find it not only extremely deaf but outright offensive that after his service, there are people using his and his fellow patriots memory to evoke the rights of domesticated non humans who are incapable of understanding the concept of force servitude and ownership.
My ancestors struggles is not yours to appropriate for your agenda. If I wouldn’t speak for him, neither should you. Suggesting that the racial discrimination and segregation of human beings in our society is the same as having chicken or beef on your plate is ridiculous, and ignores the fact that for a time, even dogs and horses had better legal protections than non-white people in the past.
If someone needs to attack my racial identity in order to push their vegan or animal rights agenda, I have to assume it is because they have nothing substantial to offer to the discussion and have no real arguments for their stance on not killing and eating animals. If someone has to shame my lifestyle by invoking my skin color, it is because they
have already lost the argument and they have already run out of intelligent things to say. When I say, “I have no interest in becoming vegan,” it is not an invitation to bring up my skin color. And I think these people know that.
If they know it, then they do it to be purposely spiteful. Which is ironic because radical vegans regularly flaunt their “intense” ability to be compassionate and recently, I was told that veganism will eventually lead to world peace. I find that hard to believe when simply saying, “no thank you,” or educating people about farming is met with violence, harassment and racial slurs. In our modern society there is apparently nothing worse than politely turning down ones offers to change and effectively progressivise, or tame them.
Racism is wrong. Period. Using racism to shame and harass people into your ideology is also wrong. It’s not that hard to figure it out. Then, to excuse racism within your like minded groups in effort to promote your personal agendas is even more disgusting. If you believe in something, I’m sure you can communicate your ideals without bringing up the color of my skin.