What do veganism, fashion, and architecture all have in common? According to Gen Z, they’re all racist.
America’s teens and twenty-somethings have taken up the mantle of civil rights by reposting informative guides to Critical Race Theory on their Instagram Stories. Cockburn’s nieces were kind enough to send him a few links.
You might think that these posts inform the zoomers about topics like fatherlessness, abortion, the welfare state and other serious issues that disproportionately face the African American community. However, these guides are almost entirely composed of far-left talking points, creating a social media echo chamber of unabated cultural Marxism and cringe.
Surprisingly, the topics of discussion range far beyond ‘defund the police’ and Orange Man Bad. For instance, did you know that veganism is ‘overwhelmingly white and inaccessible’?
The Instagram user @sisoyvegan taught Cockburn that his (very) occasional vegetable consumption may not be so innocent after all. According to her guide ‘White Supremacy and Veganism’, white soy boys have effectively ruined veganism for people of color: ‘All too often, [mainstream veganism] is complicit in maintaining white supremacy in both our food system and the world at large’.
The guide goes on to explain ‘some of the ways mainstream veganism continues to uphold white supremacy’. One such example is the reintroduction of food eaten by ‘BIPOC’ (black indigenous people of color) for centuries — such as tofu, quinoa, chia, and pepitas — as novel. Another example is the purchase of veggies that require ‘violent’ natural resource extraction in the southern hemisphere. A third is ‘failing to speak’ on the mistreatment of largely undocumented farmhands.
In order to build a veganism that is ‘anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and anti-colonialist’, the guide encourages white vegans to educate themselves on the ways ‘our food systems perpetuate white supremacy’. Cockburn, meanwhile, will be glad to fully divest from vegetables and return to a diet entirely composed of gin and creatures on the WWF list of endangered species.
In addition to grocery shopping, apparently buying clothes can perpetuate white supremacy. According to Instagram user @ssustainably_, ‘CHOOSING to buy secondhand instead of HAVING to buy secondhand is a privilege’.
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I feel like it’s very important to address this as I see more and more charity shopping hauls. Saw @ethical_emma ‘s stories on depop sellers increasing their prices on secondhand goods that end up costing more than a brand new item from sustainable brands (£300 for a used Nike jumper? no thanks) don’t get me wrong I love shopping secondhand and we should all priorities that before buying new, but even if you are at a secondhand store ask yourself weather you are actually going to wear that, you should be mindful of what you buy no matter where you buy it from. The rise of thrifting as a trend is creating problematic side effects for people who can’t afford new clothes. I feel like some vintage/secondhand stores sell things at higher prices than fast fashion retailers, meaning that a lot of people who can no longer afford charity shopping will move to fast fashion, contributing to its devastating effects. It’s a question of privilege, as pretty much everything around us is, and we must be aware of that, we should shop secondhand but we should also keep pushing brands to do better, boycotting is great but it shouldn’t be limited to that. There’s a lot of used clothes in the world, with the huge amounts that are produced we won’t run out of clothes, but many that are donated are donated in bad conditions meaning they can’t be resold (dirty, ripped, broken, stained) and that results from fast fashion’s low quality clothes which have invaded the market, so think before buying and when you donate make sure items are in good condition, as if you were giving them to a friend! #sustainability #sustainableliving #sustainablefashion #sustainablestyle #sustainableclothing #sustainableshopping #ethicalfashion #fairfashion #secondhandfashion #charityshopping #vintageclothing #privilege #thinkbeforeyoubuy #buyless #qualityoverquantity
This guide explains that white people should feel very, very guilty, because the rising popularity of secondary clothes markets causes higher secondhand clothes prices, thereby shutting poorer buyers out of the market. In other words, white people seeking to save money by not buying brand new clothes are actually evil capitalist pigs.
Although secondhand clothes purchases help with ‘climate justice’, the guide calls for the dismantling of systems that would allow the option for wealthier buyers to consume either firsthand or secondhand clothing.
Lastly, according to Instagram user @ronnie_lee, even urban architecture can be ‘hostile’ to disadvantaged people.
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Have you ever noticed dividers on your park bench? Actually, have you noticed a lack of benches, or trashcans, or comfortable outdoor gathering areas in general in your city? Have you noticed just how uninviting the urban outdoors is? Today, I want to share the concept of hostile design and its direct impact to the unhoused population (and you!) In some cases, perhaps the design of removing benches is “intended” to force people to seek out shelter or aid. But often the aid isn’t available and worse we arrest and fine people for living outside. What are unhoused people supposed to actually do? Michael Skiles shares, “As long as there isn’t a place for people experiencing homelessness to live in a dignified way, then it is wrong to criminalize them.” I added some LA specific resources below and tagged outreach programs in my city but I encourage you to research and notice things in your own city. We can focus our efforts on local change and have greater impact. LA Specific: https://www.lacity.org/residents/popular-information/comprehensive-homeless-strategy-implementation http://cao.lacity.org/Homeless/index.htm Sources: https://interestingengineering.com/15-examples-anti-homeless-hostile-architecture-that-you-probably-never-noticed-before https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/unpleasant-design-hostile-urban-architecture/ https://stories.eq3.com/en/2019/09/hostile-architecture #hostilearchitecture #hostiledesign #unhoused #homelessness #carenotcops
Apparently, ‘hostile designs’ like raised grates, benches with armrests, and slanted seating are not incorporated into urban places to ‘prevent loitering, crime, drug use’ or ‘to force people to seek out shelter or aid’. Instead, they’re meant to flush out folks in ‘unwanted demographics’.
Considering the fact that these cities are controlled by Democrats, perhaps Gen Z’s angst on this issue — and others — ought to be redirected toward America’s urban Democratic party machines. Like a racist white vegan scarfing down a tofu burrito, might it be time for the left to cannibalize itself once again?