Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Animal Rights Group Claims Milk is a Symbol of White Supremacy

In an effort to urge people to stop drinking milk, a certain well-known animal activist group claims the mainstay is a symbol of white supremacy.

If you drink milk, you must support the notion of white supremacy. That’s what seems to be the message of a certain group.

I’m not naming the group. You probably know who it is already. But this blatant (and pathetic) grab for attention won’t get them any by-name publicity here.

The group, which likes to do outrageous things just to get attention, claims there’s a historical basis for this ridiculous notion.

According to The New York Times, genetic researchers are finding their articles are being misappropriated for claims of this kind. In the milk example, the gene allowing people to properly digest lactose normally switched off after childhood. But the first cattle herders in Europe 5,000 years ago seemed to have a chance mutation allowing theirs to stay activated:

In the post, the link is accompanied by a snippet of hate speech urging individuals of African ancestry to leave America. “If you can’t drink milk,” it says in part, “you have to go back.”

There. White supremacy.

Except for one little problem: a similar mutation also occurred in people from Eastern Africa.

Still, when you’re out for attention by making an outrageous claim, you never let facts get in the way, right?

The social media fallout has been mostly hilarious, with one person asking if chocolate milk is acceptable. Another pointed out that white supremacists also are known to consume large amounts of oxygen, suggesting that members of the group should avoid consuming it as well.

The group has plenty of reasons, it says, that are valid reasons to avoid daily milk. They list a variety of ways they say cows are horribly mistreated by the dairy industry.

If that’s the case, if the level of cruelty is so abhorrent, that ought to be more than enough for their fight against the industry.

When you have to stoop to such a silly level to get your word out, you damage your own credibility.

If their goal was to get people to look at their core message, this little stunt seems to have done far more harm than good.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.