An adjunct professor at Columbia University says veganism — the refusal to consume animal products — may help to fight racism.
In a lecture to Cornell Students for Animal Rights, Christopher-Sebastian McJetters said the way we treat animals may influence the way we treat people of different races and classes.
“What we do to other animals informs how we treat one another on this planet, and it is always — always — someone who doesn’t have institutional power, and they’re usually brown,” Mr. McJetters said in the February lecture, the Cornell Daily Sun reported.
The event was described as an “abridged version” of “POP! Power, Oppression, and Privilege,” a graduate course Mr. McJetters teaches at Columbia, The College Fix reported.
Peter Singer, a professor of philosophy at Princeton University and an animal rights activist, agreed with Mr. McJetter’s theory.
“In each case there is a dominant group that regards outsiders as having a lower moral status and uses this belief to justify exploiting and oppressing them,” Mr. Singer said in an email to The College Fix. “So to that extent I agree that there is a link, and that someone who is opposed to such forms of oppression should be opposed to speciesism as well.”
He said refusing to eat meat would also help to fight climate change.