The Sacramento chapter of Black Lives Matter staged a protest outside a yoga studio Saturday because the studio had planned to host a yoga and rap session.
An instructor at Solfire Yoga came up with the idea to hold a blended rap and yoga session, only to draw the ire of the local Black Lives Matter chapter, reports Fox 40.
Though the studio quickly canceled it because the group did not like the idea of a white woman hosting it, Black Lives Matter still decided to host a demonstration outside the studio to protest cultural appropriation.
“Historically rap music has been a way of expression for black folks to talk about the pain that they go through in their neighborhoods and their lives,” Tanya Faison, the founder of the Sacramento BLM, explained. “We’re just trying to make change and we’re trying to get them to acknowledge what they’re doing and be accountable.”
The group apparently found out from a yoga instructor at a different studio; a co-owner of the studio, Ellen Moe, apologized for the class and said some from the studio would be participating in a racism class.
The husband of the woman who wanted to host the rap yoga session said his wife only came up with the idea because she wanted to add her love of hip-hop into her work.
“When it comes to policing yoga studios over who can play hip-hop and who can’t, I think that goes far field and I think that steps outside of what I envisioned Black Lives Matter to stand for,” said Darrell Spence, her husband.
Recently, a Portland, Oregon burrito shop was forced to shut down after the two owners were accused of cultural appropriation for building a burrito business.
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