In this lively, accessible, and provocative collection, Aph and Syl Ko provide new theoretical frameworks on race, advocacy for nonhuman animals, and feminism. Using popular culture as a point of reference for their critiques, the Ko sisters engage in groundbreaking analysis of the compartmentalized nature of contemporary social movements, present new ways of understanding interconnected oppressions, and offer conceptual ways of moving forward expressive of Afrofuturism and black veganism.
Aph and Syl Ko s work has deeply changed my views on activism for the animals. Every time, their work is eye-opening, revisiting the connections between animal liberation and human liberation in a way that is as much critical as constructive and inspiring. Frederic Cote-Boudreau, Quebec-based activist, scholar, and blogger
Aphro-ism is an important read for anyone who is interested in thinking critically and wants to help to not only challenge but change the current dynamic of race and animals in our society. Thanks to these brilliant women of color, I ve gained a new understanding of systems of oppression and feel less alone in the fight for social justice. lauren Ornelas, Founder/Executive Director, Food Empowerment Project
The Ko sisters are miles ahead of even the most progressive thinkers, with Aphro-ism establishing a theoretical framework and #BlackVegansRock demonstrating its practicability. There s no better metaphor for the failures of white supremacist capitalism than mortar, since it is the white slime that holds stone together. When the mortar cracks the whole building falls apart. Aph and Syl Ko are the stone. Crack them a thousand times and they remain unbroken. Rich Goldstein, Producer, The Daily Beast
Aph and Syl s anti-racist and anti-speciesist framework shifts the paradigm of nonhuman and human liberation. Aphro-ism is a revolutionary tool for holistic anti-oppression work that can benefit both grassroots activists and academic scholars. Raffaella Ciavatta, Cofounder, Collectively Free, and activist
Aph and Syl Ko are incredible activists and revolutionary thinkers who have influenced the way we approach animal rights and anti-racist activism. Aphro-ism has taught us to view oppression and liberation through a much clearer lens. David and Paige Carter, Co-CEOs and Cofounders, The 300-Pound Vegan
Syl Ko provides a crucial perspective to the movements seeking to secure rights for humans and nonhumans alike. As she so eloquently demonstrates, we should not treat human beings like animals any more than we should treat animals like animals. Syl s scholarship challenges us to reassess the standing social order and work toward a more just world. Steven M. Wise, Founder and President, The Nonhuman Rights Project
Aphro-ism is a groundbreaking suite of original essays on the entanglements of race, empire, gender, and species. In their analyses of human and animal oppression, Aph and Syl Ko deliver the trifecta: scholarship that is rigorous, accessible, and deeply important. Jason Wyckoff, PhD
Aph and Syl s brilliant work is laying the groundwork for an exciting new millennial generation of deeply critical and compassionate thinkers, feminists, and activists. Aphro-ism is helping countless young, hungry critical thinkers navigate through a world of isms, make sense of endless contradictions, and come out the other side as more well-equipped, effective, woke activists. Richard Bowie, editor at VegNews magazine
I’ve requested we purchase this for the library where I work. I really want to get my hands on a copy!