imo if parents dont respect their kids then they dont deserve respect from their kids. im tired of people thinking that its normal for parents to treat their children like property or like they dont have feelings. im tired of people thinking that overprotective parents arent harmful. treat your children like people because thats what they ARE
i wish i could write a disclaimer on my transcript like “sorry my mental health made existing difficult for a while there”
You can definitely do this. In your personal statement, let them know that you survived some things. It’s not appropriate to treat that letter as a catharsis, but having a paragraph about how you overcame a struggle to get where you are is absolutely the kind of thing they need to know about you if they’re gonna make an informed decision. It won’t change your GPA, but some programs are holistic and will really take life circumstances into consideration.
white vegans be like “honey is unethical because the bees worked so hard on it that’s why I like the completely ethical alternative of sugar harvested by underpaid and abused fieldworkers”
"I’d rather insects be more comfortable than Brown people"
Just want to throw this out. It’s always really really disheartening to see people on my dash trip over themselves to post things that trivialize the idea of animal rights. Usually this is done by making vegans seem like they’re floating in a cloud of whiteness and oblivion, even though the fiercest activists and most conscious people I’ve known have been vegan and POC and have worked toward a bunch of intersectional social justice issues.
I’ve seen a few arguments (not just this one) against veganism on my dash where the basic format is to act like vegans somehow extra exploit farmworkers, don’t care about farmworkers, or like there’s some conflict between veganism and labor issues. Yet that’s not true.
Social justice for MANY vegans is about caring about humans AND animals.
To anyone who doesn’t know, veganism is an ethical stance against the commodification and exploitation of animals. If you’re down with that idea, then not killing and eating animals is one aspect of walking the walk, but veganism isn’t exclusively a diet. Many vegans care about animal rights issues and human rights at the same time. It’s totally possible to be invested in farmworker rights and animal rights, like Cesar Chavez and many other people in the UFW and broader farm worker’s movement. Many vegans care specifically about bees because, in edition to bees having their own value and interests, their declining population is a huge issue for humans and if bees die (and they are, because of honey production and other interference) we will all die basically right away.
I know this original comment was a response to something about sugar and labor exploitation, and I think it’s very possible to oppose that, and also oppose exploiting bees. I know that there was a reply about how bees are treated well by those who take their honey, but they are not.They’re given high fructose corn syrup, which weakens them and their colonies, and are treated badly in other ways. Commodifying honey is inherently exploitative. Sugar is not unethical in itself. Just like wearing clothes is not exploitative, even though we want to oppose sweatshop labor and fight for better conditions, to give a comparison.
I feel a lot of the time that marginalized people are dragged out and held up as props in people’s weak arguments against veganism, and for me, that means they’re using me, as a poor person of color, as an excuse to harm others. I’m glad you’re getting popular but I think the reason people hopped all over that posts is NOT because they’re very concerned about labor issues and the poor, but because it feels good to reassure yourself, “Vegans are white and racist and ignorant and don’t care about real stuff they’re so trivial”. It’s another form of unchecked privilege. It allows people to continue to be comfortable doing what they do and believing that standing against animal exploitation is not a social justice issue that they should be accountable toward. It is a social justice issue, and it’s about the actual real life misery, violence, and suffering that animals experience. I mean this respectfully and just wanted this to be said because ironically the way this post is playing out has actually helped people feel comfortable hurting others and I’m not okay with that, whether it’s humans or animals.