I no longer have any idea what today's campus liberals are talking about.
And that is a bit disconcerting to me, because I am a liberal. Or thought I was.
"It's really difficult to distinguish between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation," he said, speaking on behalf of the four. "Because yoga is considered in the Hindu equivalent of the Bible ... we decided that it was inherently a Hindu ritual practice.Let me just state for the record that I am certainly against cultural genocide. I'm also opposed to Yoga, because it is unreasonably difficult. But I don't know how much yoganess there was in the yoga I tried. I might have had too much yoganess, or possibly too little.
"And so because of that, taking it away from its spiritual significance – taking the 'yoganess' out of yoga – is problematic and it does render it culturally appropriative because it becomes colonial and secularized."
And "culturally appropriative" is something of a puzzler. No one has ever tried to appropriate my culture, what with me being from Florida and all. I'm going to have to have someone clarify this for me. I betcha ten bucks that the explanation will involve "hierarchy" and "otherness."