Back in November, Ottawa U banned its free Yoga class because of ‘cultural appropriation’. Now, it’s returned. But something – or rather, someone is missing.
Jennifer Scharf, a white woman, had been teaching the free class since 2008. When she got the news last year that the class had been canceled she was shocked and saddened.
“People are just looking for a reason to be offended by anything they can find,” she said.
The decision to cancel the class came from student leaders. Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities said in an email that “while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students … there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice… Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced.”
Now the class is back with an Indian teacher, Priya Shah.
Shah told the state broadcaster, “Nothing was brought to my attention to teach in a different way or do something differently than the other instructor because none of that was really mentioned to me.”
Because that’s not what matters.
She said she wonders if she was hired because she’s Indian.
WELL, HELL YEAH!!!!!!! 🙂
Shah says she grew up in Calgary and only visited India once. She was there for five months.
But she’s the right cultural heritage and looks the part, so who gives a crap about the rest.
“There are many people in my family who practice but I’ve never had the thought that since I’m Indian that I’m a better yoga teacher,” she added.
BUT You are “better” because your “culturally appropriate”. The PC CROWD is HAPPY. That’s all that matters, right? 🙂
“I haven’t taught a class for students with disabilities before but my approach is going to be to just teach to the best of my ability. I want to make it about focusing on the student’s ability and getting them to do the breathing exercises and postures to their best potential,” she said.
“I’m just hoping to have a well-rounded class that’s accessible to anyone.” (CBC)
Yeah, the one who had 7 years of experience got fired for being White. 🙂
The former/ousted Yoga teacher, Jennifer Scharf heard the news that class was brought on. She suggested that the left-wing students are to blame for her not being rehired because she called them social justice warriors.
Well, they are. Truth hurts.
According to The National Post, Scharf wrote about the situation in a blog post.
“I heard today that my old yoga class is back on. Maybe since I called my foes ‘SJW’s’ and then refused to speak the word ‘intersectionality’ with people who don’t even have a cursory understanding of the term, the student centre has decided to hire a teacher of South Indian descent.”
Regardless of the situation, Scharf has other things she’s working on, such as a book and teaching other classes. “I wouldn’t say I need this class. I would love to teach it again but if they’re happier with someone else, what I care about is the class happening.”
The fact that Scharf was not offered back her position is quite troubling. The fact that an Indian woman was hired isn’t the problem; it’s that they never reached out to the former instructor. It shows that the student leaders didn’t learn their lesson when the news that they had banned yoga received international attention for all the wrong reasons.
Of course they learned absolutely nothing. PC Social Justice Warriors are the Holiest of The Holy. They are so far above us mere mortals in their “enlightenment” that they couldn’t possibly have learned anything from us grubby, dirty, nasty, inferior Neanderthals!
They were Holy and they got their way. What’s there to learn? Other than they were right??
It should have been an embarrassing wake-up call. It wasn’t. They’re still fast asleep in lala land.
Instead it just re-affirmed their Holy Purpose. They are the screaming, whining 2 year old who got their pet Indian.
The student leaders are as politically correct and mindless as ever. They believe in this ‘cultural appropriation’ nonsense and can’t smell the shame dripping off of them.
Because they themselves are totally shameless. They are impervious to it. They have a holy mission and they are warriors of justice! 🙂
They’re the joke everyone else in the room is laughing at and they still don’t get it. (The Rebel)
More likely the class doesn’t know or care.
Here’s why: 1) They never told then newbie
“My biggest concern is that the student centre did not tell (Shah) about the context of the situation.”
2) After all the Neanderthals (that’s us) got mad at them they did the usual PC mea culpa:
Neither the CSD nor the student federation responded to multiple requests for comment.
After the initial story, the federation backtracked from its original position.
In a since-deleted statement on its Facebook page, the student group said an email exchange between Scharf and student officials, which contained the references to “cultural appropriation” cited in the Sun report, was “outdated” and led to “a lot of miscommunication about our program.”
However, the revised SFUO statement cited declining attendance as the primary reason for the suspension and subsequent program review. (Ottawa Sun)
You morons “misunderstood” us Yet again when we went all Social Justice PC on you for your own good!
We always “misunderstand” or “misquote” them when WE get mad at THEM for their Political Correctness. It’s our fault that our limited little Neanderthal brains can’t comprehend their ‘enlightened’ superiority, after all. 🙂