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Race & Class in Ethical Consumption & Sustainability Movements

Posted by Jack Stephens on June 3, 2008

At the blog Vegans of Color, Johanna quotes a new anthology to be edited by Breeze Harper:

Rarely, if ever, has the status quo of these movements written about how [white] racialized consciousness and class status impact their philosophies and advocacy of animal rights, veganism, fair trade, ecosustainable living, etc., in the USA. Deeper investigations by academic scholars have found that collectively, this “privileged” demographic tends to view their ethics as “colorblind”, thereby passively discouraging reflections on white and class privilege within alternative food movements (Slocum 2006) and animal rights activism (Nagra 2003; Poldervaart 2001). Consequently, academic scholars such as Dr. Rachel Slocum feel that rather than fostering equality, “alternative food practice reproduces white privilege in American society”.

Ad she states:

The discouragement about reflections on white & class privilege has definitely been more than just “passive” from readers of this blog at times, especially lately, although obviously the passive discouragement is a big player as well. As one of my favorite LiveJournal icons says, “White privilege: you’re soaking in it.”

One Response to “Race & Class in Ethical Consumption & Sustainability Movements”

  1. Are we really losing our knack for examining every assumption relating to our own privilege?

    Or did we ever have it?

    Whatever, imho we’d better get it. Or when we wake up to discover our houses are worthless, the richest 1% have stufffed Social Security into their own pockets, and our pensions and 401ks are in Bush Bucks — then we’re gonna get a big goddamn shock.

    The less privileged, the underprivileged, is us,/em>

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