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.
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“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.”
She said she wonders if she was hired because she's Indian. Shah says she grew up in Calgary and only visited India once. She was there for five months.
“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.
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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.
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.
It should have been an embarrassing wake-up call. It wasn't. They're still fast asleep in lala land.
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.
They're the joke everyone else in the room is laughing at and they still don't get it.
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