On April 15, 2013 Food For The Soul, The Online Home For Black Vegetarian, went live. You may wonder why this site is for BLACK vegetarians and not all vegetarians and who qualifies as a black vegetarian. Let me explain.
Many black folks experience a feeling of aloneness that can be different and more isolating that what other vegetarians may experience. The cultural norm in many communities is linked to chicken wings, macaroni and cheese and a highly meat based diet.
When I first became vegan a friend told me "You better get you a white boyfriend." In her mind, and in the mind of many others, black and vegetarian and especially vegan just don't go together.
I have heard of others with the same kind of experience. A. Breeze Harper's book Sistah Vegan is a collection of articles written by black women vegans. This theme was expressed by a number of the authors.
Fortunately there are more and more of us all the time. BUT sadly it is still true that for some people in some parts of the US and the wider world, finding fellow vegans or vegetarians of African descent is difficult.
And so Food For The Soul was born. To provide a place where we can find others like us. To connect us together across the miles. To share recipes, to share ideas, to make friends, to support each other.
It is a site for folks who are vegetarian or who are interested in learning more about veganism, raw and living foods and vegetarianism.It is for people of African descent. Only. It is intended to be a safe space where we can speak our mind and not worry about offending anyone or being called out by someone who doesn't and can't understand our perspective as black people. There are many other places where anyone is welcome. Food For The Soul isn't one of them.
So… What has been YOUR experience as a black vegetarian or wanna be vegetarian? Have you felt isolated or do you have a supportive community? I would love to hear your story. Share it in the comments below.