In this scintillating combination of critical race theory, social commentary, veganism, and gender analysis, media studies scholar Aph Ko offers a compelling vision of a reimagined social justice movement marked by a deconstruction of the conceptual framework that keeps activists silo-ed fighting their various oppressions—and one another. Through a subtle and extended examination of Jordan Peele’s hit 2017 movie Get Out, Ko shows the many ways that white supremacist notions of animality and race exist through the consumption and exploitation of flesh. She demonstrates how a critical historical and social understanding of anti-Blackness can provide the pathway to genuine liberation. Highly readable, richly illustrated, and full of startling insights, Racism as Zoological Witchcraft is a brilliant example of the emerging discipline of Black veganism by one of its leading voices.
About the Author
Aph Ko is a decolonial theorist and independent digital media producer. She has a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, and an M.A. in Communication/Media Studies. She is known for writing the first article that listed 100 Black Vegans. She also contributed a short essay about race and animal oppression in the first African American Vegan Starter Guide. She is a founding collective member of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies.