People of all different backgrounds, ethnicities, races, and religions have discovered that vegetarian food tastes delicious and is good for our bodies, the environment, animals, and … yes, our souls!
Take South Los Angeles, for instance—not exactly the veggie mecca of the world. But this inner-city community heavily populated by African-Americans has seen a rise in the number of black-owned and -operated vegetarian restaurants. Owners say that the threat of obesity and other diet-linked health ailments is motivating local black residents to search for healthy options and alternatives to animal products. Restaurants like Vegan Village Café, Stuff I Eat, and Rahel’s are catering to the growing interest in plant-based food.
It still might be a while before vegetarianism takes over the world, but the addition of so many new vegetarian restaurants is definitely helping! And stars like Russell Simmons, Erykah Badu, and PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarian” winner Kevin Eubanks are urging African-Americans and everyone else to choose a cruelty-free, healthy meal that won’t harm the body or any other living creature.
In fact, many African-American celebrities have recently teamed up with PETA to combat the fast-food industry’s attack on African-Americans. Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker, basketball legend John Salley, civil rights leader The Rev. Al Sharpton, and many more are part of this important movement. Check it out here, and watch John Salley’s vegetarian testimonial below:
Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky