Why white people need to stop saying ‘namaste’ by Kamna Muddagouni

check it out here: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/social/why-white-people-need-to-stop-saying-namaste-20160401-gnw2xx

The history of colonisation in India means that the practice of yoga in countries with colonial ties, like Australia, can never truly be a friendly exchange. In fact, during their colonial rule, the British banned certain practices of yoga which they perceived as threatening and ‘less acceptable’ Hindu practices. As a policy of conciliatio
n towards some aspects of Indian culture was pursued by the

British in the later years of their rule, the Brits promoted a re-appropriated more physical ‘modern’ yoga which is more akin
to the postural yoga taught in many classes in Australia today.

The Colonialism That is Settled and the Colonialism That Never Happened


by Andrea Smith

While both Black and Native studies scholars have rightfully argued that it is important to look at the distinctness of both anti-Blackness and Indigenous genocide, sometimes this focus on the distinctness obscures how, in fact, they are mutually reinforcing. There is much to be said about these interconnections, and this work has been explored by many in this blog series, in the #decolonizesaam Twitter discussion on anti-Blackness, and elsewhere. Here, I want to focus on how anti-Blackness and Indigenous genocide are connected through colonialism, and further expand on how colonialism constructs both the labor of Indigenous and Black peoples, in particular and different ways, in order to secure the settler state. In this article I want to focus on how settler colonialism is enabled through the erasure of colonialism against Black peoples as well as the erasure of Indigenous labor, with a particular emphasis on some of…

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