The Blood of Emmett Till: Kale Soup and Vegan Comfort Support to Get Through Narratives of Racial Vi

What to eat when reading emotionally taxing materials about the violence of white supremacy and anti blackness. Kale avocado tofu ginger soup. This is one of my many “recipes for racial tension headaches“. So far, the book, The Blood of Emmett Till is very good but also really hard for/on my spirit.



1 vegan bullion cube Five cups of cut up baby kale Pack of firm tofu One avocado Four cups of water 1/3 cup olive oil Fresh ginger of about one inch long root (cut off) 2 tbsp of chia seeds


Bring concoction to a mild simmer for five minutes. Turn off and use a blend stick or blender to blend into a creamy soup.


Dr. A.Breeze Harper (Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)

Dr. A. Breeze Harper is a senior diversity and inclusion strategist for Critical Diversity Solutions, a seasoned speaker, and author of books and articles related to critical race feminism, intersectional anti-racism, and ethical consumption. As a writer, she is best known as the creator and editor of the groundbreaking anthology Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health and Society (Lantern Books 2010). Dr. Harper has been invited to deliver many keynote addresses and lectures at universities and conferences throughout North America. In 2015, her lecture circuit focused on the analysis of food and whiteness in her book Scars and on “Gs Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix)which explored how key Black vegan men use hip-hop methods to create “race-conscious” and decolonizing approaches to vegan philosophies. In 2016, she collaborated with Oakland’s FoodFirst’s Executive Director Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez to write the backgrounder Dismantling Racism in the Food System, which kicked off FoodFirst’s series on systemic racism within the food system.