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Black Vegetarians—There Are Enough Of Them To Form Groups

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Black vegetarians are out there and they have formed groups.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of a vegetarian I think of a white person. Maybe somebody living in Vermont or Oregon.

(Above–Many fruits and vegetables.)

Nobody down here in Texas is a vegetarian. I don’t think we have any here at all.

I might also think of my sister-in-law when I think of vegetarians. The sister-in-law is a Jewish chick in Illinois.

It does not surprise me there are black vegetarians once I ponder the question.  Black folks like vegetables and fruits just as much as other folks. I’ve seen black people eat vegetables and fruit. I went to a 95% black high school and those kids were eating that stuff all the time.

As a matter of fact, I’ve had black kids throw fruit at me in the school cafeteria. You can bet I picked that apple or orange back up and hurled it right back at whoever threw it at me.

I guess the black kids not so committed to vegetarianism would be the ones pitching fruit. If you were really committed to fruits and vegetables, you would eat your apple and not throw it at the strange white kid sitting by himself reading the newspaper.

I guess I simply did not realize there were enough black vegetarians to form organizations.

(Below–A vegetarian meal from Korea.)

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Here is what is says in the blog 21st Century Vegetarians

“Y’all don’t eat no chicken? Then what do you eat?” If I had a dollar for everytime I’ve been asked that over the past 22 years (which is the last time I ate chicken, fish, meat, or eggs) I’d be a millionaire! But, that’s my people! What can I say? Actually, I can’t blame them. In all seriousness, what image pops into your head when you think of the word “vegetarian?” Probably someone pale and emaciated, with long stringy hair wearing something we haven’t seen since the 60’s. I’m sure that Black, healthy, strong, hip and athletic aren’t exactly the images that come to mind. “Black Vegetarian” is, for most people, an oxymoron. It’s sort of falls in the same category as “Affordable Health Care”, or “Job Security.”

Pale?—Now is that a way of saying “white?”

Stereotypes are for everybody!

If I thought becoming a vegetarian would make me “Black, healthy, strong, hip and athletic”—I’d get on that right away.

(Below—Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and his wife Elizabeth are two pale vegetarians.)

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Wikipedia has a list of people it says are vegetarians. For example—Successful businessman Russell Simmons (below) from Run-DMC is a vegetarian. Mr. Simmons has been such since 1998.

Here is what is said about Mr. Simmons being a vegetarian in a 2003 Mother Jones article—

“I don’t eat anything that runs away from me,” says Russell Simmons, by way of explaining his vegan diet. It’s an unexpected lifestyle choice for the world’s most famous hip-hop impresario, but Simmons seems to delight in subverting expectation…” (Full article here.)

Mother Jones is a liberal magazine. They say that Mr. Simmons has made an “unexpected lifestyle choice” in being a vegetarian. That’s just a more restrained way of stating what I’m saying here—“Black hip-hop vegetarians? Really?”

Stereotypes are for everyone!

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The Wikipedia list also asserts that the former running back  Herschel Walker (below) is a vegetarian. Oh boy–You’ve got to eat a lot of carrots to be strong enough to break all those tackles.

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Please click here for the link to Blackvegetarians.org

A co-founder of this group, Trayce McQuiter, has a blog called By Any Greens Necessary.

There is a book called Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry.

Here is some of what Mr. Terry says about his book—What you can look for in Vegan Soul Kitchen is some bright, bold, and sexy soul food, as I say on the back of the book. 

Bright, bold and sexy. Sounds exciting.

Higher up in this post I said that I did not think any vegetarians lived in Texas. Not only may I have been mistaken, there are even enough black vegetarians down here to have a Black Vegetarian Society of Texas.

Here is a list of some other black vegetarian groups.

For my sister-in-law, here is the link to Jewish Vegetarians of North America.

Here is a list of a variety of vegetarian groups and links.

Here is a story about young people deciding to become vegetarians.

Here are a number of dietary guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These guidelines include the option of eating meat.

People have to figure what suits them best. Many people in America and around the world are vegetarians.

It’s up to you.

July 6, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I didn’t know Herschel was a vegetarian! He is awesome. That makes me like him even more.

    Comment by Valerie | July 7, 2009

  2. why must there be black vegetarians? do you think mr simmons has started this new segragated group to sell them merchandise? why not just vegetarians and leave the color divide out of it? Do you think these groups help the division that we have in this country? I have met several black vegetarians over the years and its not that uncommon.

    Comment by bill brady | July 11, 2009


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