Oh, great, another politically correct term you have to learn, right? Well, you could look at it that way. Or you could look at it as your duty as one human to all other beings on a planet with finite resources that we all share.
Environmental racism, in a nutshell, is a term describing the fact that most slaughterhouses, meat processing plants, and industrialized farms are located disproportionately in communities of color—ie, poor communities—and that even the employees in these industries are people of color who suffer physical damage, from lifelong exposure to chemicals to death to “mere” traumatic mechanical injuries by the equipment used to render the animal cadavers.
So yes, the fact that you eat meat does, indeed, support the racist divide in America. Hate if for you if that makes you uncomfortable.
But fear not: the meat industry, which is responsible for all of this, as well as the unimaginable misery of untold billions of animals, has a solution. I quote from the Meatingplace’s Mack Graves (how apropos) July 21, 2016 editorial:
We cannot ignore the fact that we have a racial problem in our country.
He exhorts us that “if for no other reason than because each life matters, our industry can and must do something to provide leadership to help solve this national anguish.”
And goes on to say that:
We in the meat and poultry business have a special responsibility to help fulfill the president’s request [to work towards racial harmony]. Why? Because our meat and poultry plants are staffed by a disproportionate large number of African-Americans, Hispanics and other immigrant nationalities.
For more information on this vital topic, read the editorial, and other enlightening meat musings, for yourself, at www.meatingplace.com, where Mack Graves is described as having worked in “animal-food proteins for the past 39 years, specializing in corporate strategy, management focus and marketing effectiveness across the protein chain.”
Sounds like he creates euphemisms for animal carcasses to get us to ignore the health consequences of eating that crap. Just saying.