Coloniser and classist vegans: “Try not to bully people that cannot be vegan”-challenge
If you picture a white privileged possibly gay “yas queen” person who interrupts BIPOCs, with a almond milk Starbucks venti frappe in LA, we have the same mental image of the coloniser vegan or classist vegan, if the latter is more applicable for the situation.
You know the type; the one who interrupts BIPOC/indigenous people, as in for example telling indigenous people living in a traditional manner over the arctic circle to eat more fresh fruits and veggies. They tell students and working class people the same thing; the one who tells the coal mine worker in Novosibirsk to eat their local avocado daily. Imagine telling someone that can barely afford to live even with a side gig that buying that pound of protein that they need to survive is a cardinal sin.
Fun fact: many students in the supposed “socialist Oil Kingdom of Norway” barely have money for anything but pasta, despite:
- getting scholarships from the state
- getting loans from the state
- financial help from parents
- almost exclusively do co-inhabitation with other students
The first three points are signs of incredible privilege. Ordering people with or with out these privileges to only drink soy and consume seitan is, in both senses of the word, really fucking rich. Just for reference, a litre of soy milk here is around 3 EUR while a litre of cow's milk is technically under 1 EUR if you buy the 1.75L carton.
That's a lot of fucking money if you are a poor student. That's still a lot of money for me, and I have a job.
You might think I'm hating, but this is coming from a place of good faith. Currently I'm OL (with the occasional P) veg. but I would no way in hell get enough protein-dense foods if I was still on a student budget. I tried once, and I became malnutritioned in the protein department. Now I'm doing much better, luckily, even though I should probably have more protein. Could I go vegan in my current financial and health situation? Unlikely, just like it's highly unlikely that most working class people can. The same people who pay at least half of their wage to landlords (whom shouldn't exist) and that in many countries don't even have access to free healthcare. How can you expect them to conform to a very expensive and time consuming diet?? Think at least five cubits outside your own bubble, it's not that hard!
So please stop. You're the reason asshole dudebros meat-eaters have leverage. Getting to eat what you want is a privilege, one that most of us don't have. Work for decent workers rights so people have the possibility and time to think about animal rights and ecology. Stop dictating indigenous people's diet. Stop dictating poor people's diet.