Challenging
Racism and
Ableism within
the Animal
Liberation
Movement and
Fighting for
Total Liberation
Anthony J. Nocella ...
• Explaining Critical Animal
Studies …
• My story …
• My activism …
• My scholarship …
DIY and DIT
Normalcy is Violent
• Propaganda slide featuring a
deformed infant. The caption
reads "... because God cannot
want the sic...
Purification
Testing
Eugenics
Medicine
Experiments
Imprisoning
Arresting the homeless
Becoming Mentally Ill in prison From...
????????????????????
The Oppressor Leading the
Movement
Capitalism Reinforcing Normalcy
Individualism
Competitiveness
Efficiency
Production line
Consumer
Animal Testing
Service Animals
http://www.students.stedwards.edu/bruiz3/tribute.html
American Flag: $23
Gasoline:$2
Cidarrete llighter: $1.50
Catching yo...
The state of the Arab
Nation: Deaf regimes
(left), blind terrorism
(right), and mute
masses (in between).
(Emad Hajjaj, Al...
Opposed to Technology
Opposed to
interdependency
Opposed to Capitalism
Against Transgender
identity
Opposed to Civilizatio...
Torres and Torres write,
So, regardless of how ‘normal’
you are, in a world where
consuming animal products is
the norm, y...
Freak is a term historically applied to
those with disabilities. As defined by
Robert Bogdan in Freak Show
(1988), a freak...
Law Professor Gary Francione writes,
Some people accuse me of confusing moral
schizophrenia with multiple/split personalit...
Law Professor Gary Francione writes,
Some people think that by using the
term, I am stigmatizing those who
have clinical s...
Peter Singer writes in his book, Rethinking
Life and Death,
To have a child with Down syndrome is to
have a very different...
“STOP BEING A MORON AND
START GETTING SKINNY: If you
can't take one more day of self-
loathing, you're ready to hear
the t...
Making Social Justice Inclusive
• Not Equality Equity
• Not Voiceless Allies
• Not March Rally
• Don’t Stand Up Fight Back...
Animal Rights Supporting Racism
Mike Vick For Profiling and
Criminalization of
People of Color
Cultural Imperialism For Bu...
Fighting for Total
Liberation
Unity
Accountability
Responsibility
Holistic
Radical
Anarchism
• Nonhierarchical
• Direct Democracy
• No Ownership
• No Property
• Community
• Transformative
Justice
Savior Mentality
Solidarity
• Develop Our Own Narrative
• All experiences are
different
• Do not try to understand,
but respect
• Focus on ...
Being a White Allies
• Be invited to the struggle not movement
• Listen
• Articulate one’s commitment
• Explain one’s skil...
Being a White Allies
• Be willing to follow and never lead
• Be willing to not get credit, but give credit to
non-dominate...
Being a White Allies
• Be willing to take more risks
• Be willing to do more
• Be willing to not take money or other benef...
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014
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FULL Anthony Nocella II talk for Vegan Information Project March 2014

  1. 1. Challenging Racism and Ableism within the Animal Liberation Movement and Fighting for Total Liberation Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D.
  2. 2. • Explaining Critical Animal Studies … • My story … • My activism … • My scholarship … DIY and DIT
  3. 3. Normalcy is Violent • Propaganda slide featuring a deformed infant. The caption reads "... because God cannot want the sick and ailing to reproduce.“ • Disabled Polish and Russian survivors stand in front of a tank from the 11th Armoured Division, Third U.S. Army, in the Mauthausen concentration camp.
  4. 4. Purification Testing Eugenics Medicine Experiments Imprisoning Arresting the homeless Becoming Mentally Ill in prison From Mental Ward to Jail Killing Execution Abortion Assisted Suicide euthanasia
  5. 5. ????????????????????
  6. 6. The Oppressor Leading the Movement
  7. 7. Capitalism Reinforcing Normalcy Individualism Competitiveness Efficiency Production line Consumer
  8. 8. Animal Testing Service Animals
  9. 9. http://www.students.stedwards.edu/bruiz3/tribute.html American Flag: $23 Gasoline:$2 Cidarrete llighter: $1.50 Catching yourself on fire because your a retarded terrorist: PRICELESS !!!
  10. 10. The state of the Arab Nation: Deaf regimes (left), blind terrorism (right), and mute masses (in between). (Emad Hajjaj, Alquds Alarabi, 11/12/03).
  11. 11. Opposed to Technology Opposed to interdependency Opposed to Capitalism Against Transgender identity Opposed to Civilization Opposed to Domination and Oppression Romanticizing the wild and Native
  12. 12. Torres and Torres write, So, regardless of how ‘normal’ you are, in a world where consuming animal products is the norm, you’re always going to be seen as the freak if you obviously and clearly refuse to take part in an act of consumption that is central to our everyday lives, our cultures, and even our very own personal identities. (2010, p. 8)
  13. 13. Freak is a term historically applied to those with disabilities. As defined by Robert Bogdan in Freak Show (1988), a freak has historically been referred to as either those that are not colonial and European, such as Native Americans, First Nations, and Indigenous groups or, the second major category of exhibit [in the freak show] consisted of ‘monsters,’ the medical term for people born with a demonstrable difference. Lusus naturae, or ‘freaks of nature,’ were of interest to physicians for whom the field of teratology, the study of these so- called monsters, had become a fad. (1988, p. 6)
  14. 14. Law Professor Gary Francione writes, Some people accuse me of confusing moral schizophrenia with multiple/split personality … When I talk about moral schizophrenia, I am seeking to describe the delusional and confused way that we think about animals as a social/moral matter. That confusion can, of course, include conflicting or inconsistent ways of looking at animals (some are family members; others are dinner) but that does not mean that I am describing a classic split or multiple personality. Our moral schizophrenia, which involves our deluding ourselves about animal sentience and the similarities between humans and other animals, and an enormous amount of confusion about the moral status of nonhumans, is a phenomenon that is quite complicated and has many different aspects. (Francione, 2009)
  15. 15. Law Professor Gary Francione writes, Some people think that by using the term, I am stigmatizing those who have clinical schizophrenia because it implies that they are immoral people. I am sincerely sorry—and I mean that— if anyone has interpreted the term in that way and that is certainly not what I intended. Schizophrenia is a recognized condition that is characterized by confused and delusional thinking. (Francione, 2009)
  16. 16. Peter Singer writes in his book, Rethinking Life and Death, To have a child with Down syndrome is to have a very different experience from having a normal child. It can still be a warm and loving experience, but we must have lowered expectations of our child's abilities. We cannot expect a child with Down syndrome to play the guitar, to develop an appreciation of science fiction, to learn a foreign language, to chat with us about the latest Woody Allen movie, or to be a respectable athlete, basketballer or tennis player.
  17. 17. “STOP BEING A MORON AND START GETTING SKINNY: If you can't take one more day of self- loathing, you're ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight.”
  18. 18. Making Social Justice Inclusive • Not Equality Equity • Not Voiceless Allies • Not March Rally • Don’t Stand Up Fight Back • Not “He is an Idiot” He is dangerous • Blind to Racism Ignorant of Racism • They are Deaf They are Avoiding • Crazy Not Constructive • Lame Boring • Moron Not Correct or Not • Freak Unique
  19. 19. Animal Rights Supporting Racism Mike Vick For Profiling and Criminalization of People of Color Cultural Imperialism For Bully riding against bully fighting and cock fighting Jailing Abusers For Punitive Justice Opposed to AETA For Totem Pole of Oppression ALF For Stigmatizing them as Terrorists
  20. 20. Fighting for Total Liberation Unity Accountability Responsibility Holistic Radical
  21. 21. Anarchism • Nonhierarchical • Direct Democracy • No Ownership • No Property • Community • Transformative Justice
  22. 22. Savior Mentality
  23. 23. Solidarity • Develop Our Own Narrative • All experiences are different • Do not try to understand, but respect • Focus on oppression • Do not compete on who is more oppressed “The Oppression Olympics”
  24. 24. Being a White Allies • Be invited to the struggle not movement • Listen • Articulate one’s commitment • Explain one’s skills • Explain motivation and personal goals
  25. 25. Being a White Allies • Be willing to follow and never lead • Be willing to not get credit, but give credit to non-dominate voices • Be willing to take accountability and own one’s supremacy and domination • Be willing to be challenged and be called out • Be willing to learn new processes and cultural practices
  26. 26. Being a White Allies • Be willing to take more risks • Be willing to do more • Be willing to not take money or other benefits • Challenge acts that tokenize, patronizing, and cooptation by white individuals and agencies • Be willing to leave and not blame others

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