Everyone knows that White people love Yoga. (source) I guess.
I love yoga. Rich milfs in yoga pants. My fucking office is located next to the rich-white-lady-in-yoga-pants capitol of the Southwest – the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Town Center Drive. I walk in that place and feel like a teenager on his way to the chalkboard sometimes.
But, doing yoga? I’ve tried it. I fucking hate it. But, maybe it’s that eggplant blood that Quentin Tarantino says I carry.
Oh, but wait, apparently I can be either while or black or whatever and still like yoga.
In fact, non-white people like yoga so much that there’s now a “safe space” for everyone except white people to do yoga. (source)
Rainier Beach Yoga in Seattle has a class called “yoga for people of color.” It started last week and runs once a month.
Teresa Wang, co-founder of the specialized class, said it was started by five queer people of color who came together to create a safe space for people of color who might otherwise be uncomfortable.
An email blast about the class says it’s aimed at people of color and of all sexualities, ages, body sizes, abilities, genders, and experience with yoga. It specifically identifies “lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer and trans-friendly/affirming,” plus people who self-identify as “African American/black/of the African Diaspora, Asian, South Asian, West Asian/Arab/Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, First Nations/Alaskan Native/Native American/Indigenous, Chican/Latin, or Multiracial/Mixed-Race.” The email adds that “white friends, allies and partners are respectfully asked not to attend.” (source)
Some people say that this is just like a sign that says “blacks not welcome” or “jews and dogs need not apply.”
It is a lot more polite. See, if Jim Crow had just said “our negro friends are respectfully asked to not sit at the lunch counter” we wouldn’t have had all that talk about equality, discrimination, and such.
Besides, I can’t imagine how a gay Arab would feel “safe” if some white woman was doing yoga in the same room as him.