James Fredenburg 
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Re: “Oakland Veg Week Wants You to Know That Veganism Isn’t Just for White People

Being a vegetarian has always been multicultural! Many cultures throughout the world, and even throughout history, have many vegetarians. For example, India reportedly has the highest percentage of vegetarians of any country in the world. Buddhist monks in China and Vietnam, as well as other places throughout the world, are vegetarians, just like Rastafarians in Jamaica.

For many people in the world, a plant-based lifestyle is necessary for their survival, because sometimes all that they have to eat is what they grow themselves or what they can buy in the local marketplace.

Americans seem to have an obsession with including meat in almost every meal. Unfortunately, Americans have a very high rate of chronic health conditions that many doctors feel is directly related to their diet.

I was personally introduced to a vegetarian lifestyle in the 1970s after reading a book by Dick Gregory!

I am so happy to see Oakland beginning to embrace the plant-based lifestyle, and I think it is a positive thing to emphasize that being a vegetarian is a multicultural phenomenon. I just think that making stereotypical negative comments about so-called elite white people is racist and really unnecessary. We are all children of the same God.

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Posted by James Fredenburg on 04/19/2015 at 4:09 PM

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