The world is the world. There is no “cultural appropriation.” We are a giant market of philosophies, traditions, religions, foods, sports, everything. Dare I say it? We are a global melting pot. Especially these days.
I am a case in point. Most of my ancestry is Irish with a good dose of Italian. Plus some English and some who know what else? Both the Irish and the Italians probably came to where they are now a long time ago. The same can be said for almost all ethnicities. The world is in a constant state of flux. For the record I consider myself neither Irish or Italian but entirely American. Not because of my DNA but because of what being an “American” is supposed to stand for. Life. Liberty. The pursuit of happiness. (And property rights.)
Basically the PC zealots who now haunt sociology departments and generally make life less fun for everyone argue the same thing the Klan argues. That a certain ethnicity has a claim to a certain way of life, or culture, or whatever. That’s right cultural appropriation “social justice warriors,” you and the KKK have quite a lot in common.
(From The New York Post)
Shreena Gandhi, a religious studies professor at Michigan State, claims in an article she recently co-authored that Americans who practice yoga are contributing to white supremacy and promote the “yoga industrial complex.”
White Americans should learn yoga’s history, acknowledge the cultural appropriation they engage in and possibly reduce the cost of yoga classes for poor people, a group that often includes people of color and “recent immigrants, such as Indian women to whom this practice rightfully belongs,” Gandhi argued.
She co-authored the piece titled “Yoga and the Roots of Cultural Appropriation,” with Lillie Wolff, a self-described “anti-racist white Jewish organizer, facilitator, and healer,” who has called for “decolonizing” yoga, the College Fix reported.
The two argued “the explosion of yoga studios, yoga video, apps, yoga pants, and other yoga swag over the last two decades is evidence” of the “(mis)appropriation of yoga” that “is part of systemic racism” built on “the labor of black people and people of the global south.”
Look, I find “yoga moms” as annoying as anyone. In the leafy college town where I live there are more than a few. But like hamburgers (from Germany), ballet (from France), stripped down Ikea furniture (from Sweden), karate (from Okinawa/Japan), and Christianity (the Middle East), yoga is a part of American culture. That’s the way it goes. We Americans (and not just Americans) find cool things and eat them, play them, do them, smoke them, drive them, whatever. That’s life in the 21st Century. It’s not “cultural appropriation.”
And by the way, lots of people do yoga for free at home. They’ve been doing that for a very long time. No need for special classes.