Fox News Controversy on Yoga and White Supremacy Reveals Problem of Yoga Discussion

By AlterNet.org
2018.02.14. 08:06
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Right-wing media called a professor 'mentally deranged' for suggesting that cultural appropriation might be hurtful.

A recent Fox News headline, “Americans who Practice Yoga Contribute to White Supremacy, Michigan State University Professor Claims,” dangled like red meat before its readers, begging them to snap. Which is precisely what happened; the comments section is littered with verbal attacks directed at “stupid,” “mentally deranged” “so called professors,” suggesting “you can’t fix liberal.”Caleb Parke’s story, tagged “controversies,” takes aim at an article on cultural appropriation and the yoga industry by Shreena Gandhi, a visiting faculty member in the department of religious studies at Michigan State University, and Lillie Wolff, an organizer/trainer with Crossroads Antiracism and practitioner of yoga.Unsurprisingly, commenters hurling insults don’t appear to have read the original article, though they do appear to have read the Fox News story—or the headline, at least—which doesn’t pretend to seriously engage Gandhi and Wolff’s arguments. Instead, like a butcher shaving fat from a carcass, Parke carefully cuts and pastes quotes on cultural appropriation to present for his readers a very simple, and misleading, picture: professors call yoga practitioners white supremacists.A careful and thorough reading of Gandhi and Wolff’s arguments, however, leaves the responsible reader reflecting on the suggestion that white Americans practicing...



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