If you’re in Seattle and you’re white, you’re not welcome at Rainier Beach Yoga–because they’ve created a class called “yoga for people of color” and explicitly banned whites from attending.
The email sent out by the studio actually laundry-lists who is allowed to be included in this “inclusive” class.
If you’re “African American/black/of the African Diaspora, Asian, South Asian, West Asian/Arab/Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, First Nations/Alaskan Native/Native American/Indigenous, Chicano/Latino, or Multiracial/Mixed-Race,” then you’re also okay.
They also give bonus points if you’re “lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer and trans-friendly/affirming,” as well. The class is intended for people of all genders, all skill levels, and all body types (except for the type of body that’s covered with white skin.)
Lest white people think they were simply not mentioned, the email makes it clear that they’re in fact not welcome.
“White friends, allies and partners are respectfully asked not to attend.”
Local radio host, Dori Monson, who first reported the racist yoga class on his show, is now leading the charge to make sure this so-called “progressive” version of discrimination gets the same chilly response that the Left has given other forms of discrimination.
Had white people banned minorities from a yoga class, Monson explains, “It would be a lead story on national news. It would be blared across all the websites about the racist yoga class in Seattle. And the fact is, this yoga class is every bit as racist as a bunch of white people who say they don’t want to be around somebody of color.”
Monson added that he’s going to press Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson to take action, just as he had against other discriminatory businesses.
After all, fair is fair. Monson believes that, if Ferguson is going to use “the power of government to go after the Christian florist in the Tri-Cities who didn’t want to do the gay wedding ceremony,” then he should shut down this racist yoga class as well.
Monson’s challenge to the state government is: “Will they also go after the yoga studio that discriminates against people based on their skin color?”