The White Supremacy Yoga Industrial Complex

WARNING: THIS IS NOT SATIRE.

Apparently, there exists a White Supremacy Yoga Industrial Complex. This article, “Yoga and the Roots of Cultural Appropriation,” is published at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, a left-wing initiative of Kalamazoo College in Michigan. FOX News did a synopsis of the article’s thesis.

The authors are (a) a PhD who teaches religious Studies at Michigan State University, and (b) a Kalamazoo College graduate who calls herself an “antiracist white Jewish organizer, facilitator, and healer” who is “passionate about decolonizing and politicizing yoga.” The authors claim that Americans who practice yoga are contributing to white supremacy and promoting the “yoga industrial complex.” Here are some quotes to help explain the “problem” here:

The cost of Western yoga classes can be prohibitive for low to middle-income people. This often includes People of Color, including recent immigrants, such as Indian women to whom this practice rightfully belongs. The result of this reality is that Western yoga is often represented and marketed in mainstream culture by thin, white, upper middle-class, cisgender, able-bodied women.

… Especially during this time when the underbelly of capitalism — white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy, and xenophobia – is being exposed, it is imperative that everyone, especially those who have access to spiritual practices like yoga, ask difficult questions of ourselves and one another,” the two concluded. “We must ask, in what ways are we complicit in a system that harms people of color, queer and trans people, poor people, people with disabilities, and immigrants?

According to these two nut-jobs, doing the white yoga thing contributes to white people not being “taught to confront and examine the painful and uncomfortable realities of racism, and their complicity in it, the cycle of oppression, repression, and consumption continues.”

So the message is that women – especially white women – cannot go out and harmlessly engage in healthy practices at a local yoga studio or gym that teaches them to get off the couch and move-stretch-flex, and be healthy, because they must first stop to think about all of the world’s homos, transgenders, bag people, poor people, stupid people, ugly people, immigrant people, displaced people, queer people, disabled people, and any other people who are so utterly oppressed by capitalism and white women wearing stretch yoga pants. How dare white women freely and selfishly transact in the economic-service sector to have trained, paid yoga teachers show them how to be better and stronger through movement, posture control, and relaxation techniques, when that is clearly white privilege, power, racism, and domination?

All of these flaming, left-wing, piss-ant deviants, even in their most serious and scholarly mode, are pure folly in action that exceed the boundaries of any reasonable satire.

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9:01 pm on January 29, 2018