Aphro-Ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters

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Aphro-Ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters

Aphro-Ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters

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The book is not limited to topics of Black veganism or animality and also goes into discussions of social media, tactics in activism and critical thinking, and others. My favorite is the concept of animality that they bring in and how it is contingent upon white supremacy, racism, and speciesism. Though I've read much on the topics of Black liberation and social justice, feminism, and animal rights at this point, this book completely reframed a lot of what I thought I knew about those topics. It also includes rituals that are perceived as distanced from nature, something as simple as eating at a table instead of on the floor. Aph e Syl Ko ripetono spesso durante tutto il libro che ciò che vivono gli animali è la stessa identica cosa che vivono le persone nere in questo mondo.

You might even see contradictions between our earlier and later essays, which we would argue isn’t a bad thing.They’ve provided an invaluable resource with the potential to inspire the meaningful and significant reflection needed to shift our worldview and bring about truly radical and necessary change.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Every time, their work is eye-opening, revisiting the connections between animal liberation and human liberation in a way that is as much critical as constructive and inspiring. It empowers our work if we are able to break down the structures that support all these things we are fighting including racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and speciesism. The idea that humans and animals have been framed by white men to be on different ends of a spectrum with white men being considered what it means to be human and "minoritized" people being viewed towards the animal end of the spectrum. So, our ability to fight the system of white supremacy lies in our ability to counteract this narrative and live outside of this value system that places "humans" at the top and animals on the bottom.Rather than acting as though that perspective doesn't exist, we should immerse ourselves in it and allow ourselves to be confronted. It allowed me to be present in a conversation where, in life, my presence would change the terms of or even close down that conversation. Using popular culture as a point of reference for their critiques, the Ko sisters engage in groundbreaking analysis of the compartmentalized nature of contemporary social movements, present new ways of understanding interconnected oppression's, and offer conceptual ways of moving forward expressive of Afrofuturism and black veganism. Aphro-ism is a revolutionary tool for holistic anti-oppression work that can benefit both grassroots activists and academic scholars.

Aphro-ism is helping countless young, hungry critical thinkers navigate through a world of ‘isms,’ make sense of endless contradictions, and come out the other side as more well-equipped, effective, woke activists. One of the clinchers introduced by colonial thinking is that we are not just different and special when measured against all the other animals, but we are the OPPOSITE. Having said that, it was still such a great read, and mind-blowing how everything you think you know about anti-racism and veganism is almost certainly through a Eurocentric lens. Syl Ko provides a crucial perspective to the movements seeking to secure rights for humans and nonhumans alike. Making comparisons between the physical treatment of nonwhite humans and nonhuman animals - saying things like “black people are treated like animals” disregards the fact that these oppressions are not similar but interconnected.While they may be considered "provocative" and "controversial" in the mainstream, new ideas are paramount to our own growth, as individuals and as a society. One of the shortfalls of representation rhetoric is that it advertises a simplistic blueprint for racial equality in which people of color are visually “included” in spaces regularly reserved for white people. There’s no better metaphor for the failures of white supremacist capitalism than mortar, since it is the white slime that holds stone together. Aph and Syl Ko are incredible activists and revolutionary thinkers who have influenced the way we approach animal rights and anti-racist activism.

Aph and Syl’s brilliant work is laying the groundwork for an exciting new millennial generation of deeply critical and compassionate thinkers, feminists, and activists. I belong to a mixed-race animal rights community in Chicago (Direct Action Everywhere) and bought several copies to share with community members who are all raving about it. If we were really thinking outside the binary, then there should be no issue in holding that human beings are a special kind and being human can operate as a reason to treat each other according to a standard. They are still questioning and grappling with these words and concepts (pop culture, feminism and black veganism) themselves. What they also show is that simply referring to similarities between races, or between humans and animals is not sufficient to end exploitation and injustice.Society has recently agreed for the most part to care about black people when they die (at least we are outraged and upset for the cases that grace our newspapers) but does it care about them when they live. Black folks who are vegan are a threat to white supremacy, not a subset of the depoliticized white-vegan movement. Does our insistence on connecting womanhood to beauty entrench the concept that men are the default and women are the "other" and are objects? Back then it was already very exciting to see people coming out with ideas that were not only tackling topics at the root of huge fighting and divisions between vegan, animal lib, and social justice communities, but doing so in fresh new ways. This is because "the difference between humans and animals, the crucial factor that fuels the phenomenon of speciesism was not born from the observation that animals are irredeemably foreign or dissimilar to us [because the difference] is a concept we create knowing full well the similarities between us" (Ko siters, p.

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