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My Reasons for Veganism
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I am a vegan. That means no meat, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, lanolin, carmine, leather, wool, or any other animal by-product. Being healthy is a priority of mine. So is being successful.
They never taught us about any of this stuff in high school. I sadly have little to NO knowledge about the Black Panthers at all because it wasn’t taught in school. They didn’t even mention Malcolm X! It was the same shit every year. Grazing on MLK and his speech , (like that was enough) bouncing around on the Civil Rights movement and chit chatting about Emmett Till.
I realize there’s so much they left out when it came to Black History.
thanoblesavage asked: What was the discussion like when you told your son not to participate in the pledge of allegiance?
Honestly, my son brought it up to me before I brought it up to him. I had planned on doing it, but he came home from school upset one day. When I asked him why, he told me the teacher had forced him to stand up and say the "pledge’uv’allee-shuns" (later the "pledge of legions," lol). He told me he didn’t want to stand up and say it. I told him he doesn’t have to say it if he doesn’t want to, and that it’s illegal for someone to make him say it. So, the next day he went to school and told his teacher just that. When he came home, he told me he said that, and that he didn’t get in trouble, but he got a mark in his folder. That’s when I spoke with the teacher and told her the law, told her he was not to be punished for not saying it, and told her he is not to put his head down or in any other way be made to feel like he’s done something wrong.
It’s immoral to force children to regurgitate words they have no understanding of. It’s immoral to force children to say they’ll “pledge their allegiance” to something, no matter if it is “merely symbolic” or not.
It’s also immoral to force people to feel like they should pledge their allegiance to a country that doesn’t even respect them or care about its citizens. It’s horrible to expect patriotism from a people who are not given any loyalty or equality in return.
He brings it up sometimes. He’ll tell me, “I still don’t want to stand up. I still won’t say it or put my hand on my heart.” Lol. He told me, "My ‘legiance is to my family, but mostly you, mommy."
I could argue that any negative reaction to my skin is a problem for others to grapple with and of no concern to me. I’ve tried that approach before; one memorable attempt ended with me being pulled out of my car by two police officers and handcuffed for the felonious infractions of having a blown headlight and insufficient self-abasement. It is an unspoken rule that blackness’ first and most important task is to make everyone feel safe from it. We ignore this mandate at our own peril, realizing that a simple misunderstanding is a life or death proposition.
Jonathan Ferrell ran towards police seeking help after a car accident and was given a hail of bullets for his troubles. Renisha McBride went in search of a Good Samaritan after her accident and a shotgun blast answered her knock. Teenager Trayvon Martin walked home with candy and tea and was greeted by the nervous trigger finger wrapped in an adult’s gun. Jordan Davis sat in a car outside a convenience store listening to music and a man who objected to the volume cut his life short with the boom of a firearm. The principal crime all of them committed, like countless others over the centuries, was being black and not sufficiently prostrating themselves to ensure the comfort of others. Theodore R. Johnson, “Black History Month Isn’t Making Life Better for Black Americans” (via thisiswhitehistory)