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originally posted by: Spookytraction
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
Nobody likes to feel that they’re being labelled a racist, and if the r-word is so much as hinted at, they shut down. The possibility that they’ll listen to the person they think is slapping the label on them dwindles to zilch. If the goal is understanding rather than self-protection, it pays off to accept people on their own terms, and to take them at their word when they tell you about their experiences and feelings.
The girl isn't telling people they can't say namaste during a yoga class. She's just telling them how she feels about it, and why.
I’ve enjoyed engaging with you. You’ve got a colorful writing style, and you seem to operate out of your executive functions rather than your amygdala, which makes you a joy to converse with. So, I hope you won’t get sore when I roll something your way.
I think the jocular contempt you clearly feel toward the urban cowboy is on the same affective spectrum as the disgust expressed by the girl in the OP, and I think it comes from the same place: seeing a cardinal symbol of your native culture removed from its context and trivialized. I think your contempt springs from offense. In that sense, you and the girl might have a lot more in common than you realize. However, as a wise frog once said:
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
But it seems to me that someone with an audience, that is truly interested in proper cultural observances, would have spent some time being the steward of such, rather than providing a lecture that comes across as somewhat chiding and abrasive. Her point wasn't to bridge a gap of cultural awareness. It was to brow beat people for not having her perspective.
originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: lydie15
That's an interesting point, but if these people feel bad about the way they live in western societies, do they ever wonder why people from all over the world are flocking to those very same western societies? If its so bad we have to be ashamed of it why do Indians and Pakastani's want to come here?
The more I think about this, the more it occurs to me that what really aggravates this Indian woman is that the only Yoga classes she can go to are all full of white women. What she would really like is to have a Yoga class that's comprised only of Indian women...............and that's o.k. with me.