I feel emotionally exhausted after the back and forth with @yoga_girl
and other yogis in the west who refuse to acknowledge or take the time to address their white supremacist problematic behavior when it comes to hearing what so many of us have to say. But what I found the most heartbreaking is that women that I used to respect, like @rachel.cargle
, are literally singing the praises of these women and giving them a platform. And doing so under the guise of speaking about race. I’m sure @yoga_girl
will find some Indian women to tokenize and pat her on the back but I’m so disappointed that people like @rachel.cargle
have asked for action and solidarity for issues impacting African Americans - which I gladly and wholeheartedly support - but can’t see how their own conditional allyship is so damaging to people in my community. I feel so disappointed and so sad and alone. I feel that we women of color have to stick together. To lift each other’s voices. FYI she blocked me after I asked her if she views what @yoga_girl
is doing as cultural appropriation. It appears that she cares more about going on @yoga_girl
podcast and gaining access to her audience. Which by default is directly profiting from cultural appropriation in and of itself. What an exhausting emotional experience. And yet I remain centered and I’m so happy to be having this conversation in my homeland. I owe it to my people and we all owe it to each other. We who have experienced oppression, colonization, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy. We will fight cultural appropriation and survive that too. We, you, me, I. We be the silenced ones no longer.