Yoga Class for People of Color “Respectfully Asks Whites Not to Attend”

A Washington State yoga class group sent out an email advertising a special yoga class for people of color. Apparently, it was organized by five black homosexuals for the purpose of providing a space where other “people of color” who also identify as “lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer and trans-friendly/affirming” – or some combination of the above – could feel comfortable. This way, people who identify the same way and who look similar to each other can share a yoga class and not be bothered or made uncomfortable by white privileged people.

My Northwest reported:

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.”

So what would happen if a white man decided to attend?

“Well, it’s a class for people of color, so he would be coming to that class knowing that we’re really clear about who we are asking to come to class, so…I’m not really sure because it hasn’t happened to us,” Wang said. “So I don’t really know.”

Liberal blacks and other minorities often complain about white people acting frightened around them. President Obama said he’s lived that experience many times in his life. White women clutch on to their purses when they’re in the presence of a black man. White drivers stopped at a red light will instinctively lock their doors if they see a black man walking around near their car. White people act scared when they see a black man in a hoodie. In general, whites just don’t feel comfortable around blacks, because whites don’t look like blacks, and they don’t think like blacks, and they assume that if you’re black, you must be up to no good. How racist of white people.

Maybe so. But what’s so ridiculous is that this yoga class is doing the exact same thing. They’re providing a place for non-white people, especially non-straight non-white people, where they can feel comfortable around each other. They don’t like being around straight, white people. They don’t look like whites, they don’t think like them, and they don’t act like them. Straight white people make them feel uncomfortable. Is that racism/heterophobia/discrimination? Of course not.

This is the left’s version of inclusivity. When groups exclude whites/straights, that is the left’s definition of tolerance. If a white group tried barring non-white people and/or homosexuals, that would be the left’s definition of white supremacy/hate crime/domestic terrorism/racial discrimination/homophobia.

Here’s the segment of the radio show on KIRO where host Dori Minson talks about this racist yoga class. You’ll also hear snippets of the yoga class co-founder trying to justify their ‘no whites allowed’ rule: