Happy Veggie Kids: Justice!  »

Say hello to Justice! He’s an eight-year-old vegan from Oak Park, Ill. You may know his mom from Vegan Feminist Agitator. Mom note: “Justice has helped his father and I organize Chicago VeganMania every year. We also have the Chicago Vegan Family Network if people want to contact me over email for our monthly potlucks/get-togethers.” You can email me and I’ll put you in touch! Potlucks are fun! Now, back to Justice.

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Justice: Well, I’d probably say Thai food. My favorite dish? That would be pad Thai.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
 I’d say chocolate cake with mango frosting. Chocolate and chocolate, vanilla and chocolate, too.  My real favorite is actually chocolate with vanilla frosting. You’re a good writer [typist], mom. Next?

Why are you vegan?
Well, because you [mom] and dad are vegan. If you and dad are vegan, then I’m vegan. And I like animals. It’s the only type of food I know. I’ve always been vegan, I always will be vegan and I like animals

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Well, because I like animals and vegan food tastes good. I just don’t like hurting animals.

Is it ever hard to be vegan?

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
They don’t really mind. They don’t usually talk about it. I also have some vegan friends. Next?

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Well, “why” is not so easy but favorite animal? Let’s see…cats. I love cats so much because they’re so cute and fluffy.

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Uh, well, um, huh. I think maybe I like dinosaurs but I don’t like pink. Now that I know the history of pink, I don’t like it. [Mom note: This led into a whole side topic with his mother thinking that he was rejecting pink because it’s considered a feminine color.]

Mom: What is the “history” of pink?
Justice: Well, it’s a mystery color.
Mom: What do you mean, mystery color?
Justice: OK, I don’t like pink because it is related to red.
Mom: What’s the matter with red? Red is my favorite color.
Justice: It reminds me of blood and blood creeps me out.

[Mom note: Upon further investigation, it was revealed that Justice remembered his mother talking about how pink was once thought of as a boy’s color and blue was considered more of a girl’s color. Pink was thought to be a child-friendly pastel of red, which evokes blood, of course, and thus was once considered “fiery and manly.” Link] [Ed. note: Dang, Justice! You are a smart one!]

Mom: But still, do you like pink dinosaurs?
Justice: Yes, I am a fan of them.

I’m a fan of this vegansaurus drawing! Awesome! As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

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