This paper addresses the lack of representation within the vegan community and its resulting effect on obesity rates in the African American and Hispanic communities. Because these racial minorities are the two groups most affected by this issue, it is important to urge food revolutionist entities such as PETA to address this lack of representation. In this essay, I explore the cause of the negative perception of veganism within ethnic minorities and attempt to demonstrate how this perception may be linked to obesity rates within these communities.

HERMON MINDA is an Ethiopian citizen and has been living in the US for the last three years. She is a Sophomore at Boston University studying Film and TV with a minor in Visual Arts.