Thursday, September 8, 2016

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Vegan Bruh- Kwesi

More black men are stepping up to the plate says this vegan bruh

How long have you been a vegan? I began an on again relationship with vegetarianism in Fall 2014 during my time abroad in Ghana, West Africa. After a few bumps in the road I finally committed to veganism on July 5, 2016.

Was transition easy? Relatively, yes. My body was giving me signs and I finally started to listen. The hardest part has been having to explain my decision to family and friends like veganism is a terminal illness.

Any tips/advice for someone interested in being a vegan? Humans are animals too. That fact is easy to overlook because we're rarely taught to view ourselves in that way. The cows, chickens, and pigs we eat actively think, feel, and love just like us. They are part of our family.

What's your favorite vegan recipe? Anything with avocado. Anything. With. Avocado.

Black male vegans/vegetarians are rare but seems to be growing in popularity. Why do you think that is? Personally, I see black vegans and vegetarians as active resisters against a capitalist fast food nation that targets our communities with the intent to poison us from within. Considering the fact that we are in the midst of a radical time, it's only fitting that more black men are stepping up to the plate by taking ownership over their health.

Vegans are sometimes known for being extreme. What's the one thing you want people to know about vegans? Despite the popularity of that belief, it's absurd to me that killing 56 billion (56,000,000,000) animals every year for food is considered less extreme. It would be even more absurd if I didn't share that same belief not long ago. The one thing that I want people to know is that 99% of vegans used to be meat and/or dairy eaters too. Although our reasons for transitioning may differ, I have yet to meet even one vegan who regrets their decision.

Has it had an impact in other areas of your life? Veganism has impacted every aspect of my life: personal, political, and social to name a few. Challenging my thought process and eating habits has introduced me to a side of life I never knew existed. I've made new friends, been ridiculed by old ones, broadened my definition of what it means to be a "revolutionary", and learned to trust my intuition above all else. On a more abstract level, becoming vegan has brought me closer to discovering myself and my place within the universe.

Is there anything you like to add? As a vegan speaking to other vegans, it's never okay to shame. It pains me to see folks looking down upon non-vegans who continue to eat meat and dairy despite our strongest educational efforts. Allow them to come to a decision in their own time. It might happen tomorrow, it might not happen at all. That is not our cross to bear nor our go ahead to pass judgment.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reading! You can find more about me and my work at or on any social media @kwesidreams.