Vegan chef, bodybuilder, and Black animal rights activist Nikki Ford believes veganism isn’t a “white thing,” but more of a “caring thing.”
In a video for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), Ford spoke about her belief that people of all ethnicities and backgrounds can, and do, care about veganism and animal rights. “To think only white people care about health, animals, and the planet is absolutely false,” she claimed.
When she first attended protests, Ford recalls being the only person of color in attendance. However, after doing some research, she soon discovered a Black vegan movement taking place online, with “really insightful” Black activist run websites and blogs. “I realized there are different forms of activism,” she said. “Just because everyone isn’t able to show up and protest in person doesn’t mean they aren’t committed.”
The Black vegan movement is growing; website Black Vegans Rock, founded by Aph Ko, aims to spotlight people of color in the vegan movement every day. And earlier this year, the first-ever Black-owned vegan recipe app launched, designed to empower people in the Black community who are looking for support with their plant-based lifestyle. Further, back in August, the world’s first Black VegFest took place in New York City.
Image Credit: Nikki Ford
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