Your politics are bad for business

IMG_8694
It’s broken! Fitbit bands and flex are done!

I’ve saved a ton of money this year. Want to know how? Conservative politics, sexism, and racism are keeping my dollars in the bank.

First, move to a red state, the cost of living is lower, you’ll save time on figuring out which of your friends and co-workers are “-ist”, because most of them will let you know. Stars and Bars first clue, then the racist, xenophobic, sexist posts on FB second clue, and then third the “ist” things they say to your face because they wrongly assume that  you’re hanging with them because you’re one of “the good ones” and “you’re cool.” *Side bar, I must admit that I do prefer all of the -ism’s southern fried, because it’s so damn efficient. I don’t have to spend years cultivating relationships only to find out how awful some of my so-called “liberal” friends are, it takes somewhere between five seconds to a few weeks to figure it out in the South.* So you don’t do brunch, or lunch, or anything with a lot of the people you know. You stay quiet for a myriad of reasons, personal safety being number one on my list . You stop eating out because the service is terrible if you’re black. You don’t waste your money on dating sites, because if you’re a black woman they’re a waste of time (this has nothing to do with my personal look or profile, it’s a statistical fact), no one is going to respond. You cut the cable cord because mainstream TV has become increasingly bland, and you don’t see positive images of yourself anywhere. You stop buying clothes because John Oliver got you woke, I’m tired of paying the pink tax, and I personally spend 90 percent of my time in spandex and my racing t-shirts anyway. My Fitbit broke, and I think long and hard about the factory workers in China before I decide to replace it,  and if I’m  supporting abusive or toxic working conditions.

Which brings me to how I choose to spend my fitness dollars, and the honest answer to my friends when they say, “Hey, you haven’t been to yoga in a while!” or “Why did you stop going to CrossFit?”

IMG_8241
I thought it was just the workout that did me in.

March 12, 2016,

I went to Battlefrog for my first real OCR. This was a test of my overall fitness and I failed miserably. The obstacle course was 8k. Running trails through water and woods, and over rough terrain, no problem. Obstacles that required total body strength and agility, more challenging, but I did them. Obstacles which required grip and pure upper body strength, total failure. I confess that I’ve never been able to do a single pull up, so hefting my heavy lower half up with my arms over twelve foot walls was impossible. I also accidentally did my penalty body builders in an ant hill (an 8 count bodybuilder is a military burpee–yes it’s worse than a regular burpee.)

I know my weaknesses and have sought self improvement, but I’m finding it increasingly difficult to properly train in traditional white spaces. I failed because I’ve stopped going to Crossfit, and Yoga. Two activities that have helped me make tremendous gains in boosting my natural beastliness.

I love the physical challenge of CrossFit. My old gym is a local business and is run by two very knowledgeable and good coaches, who are also veterans. I would love to join and support their gym, but I can’t.

I was uncomfortable the first time I showed up, I got stared at a lot. Not a new feeling. I often am the only black woman in the room. I don’t like it, but I’m used to it. After a few sessions, the stares stopped and I got into the workouts. I love the challenge, and I lost my fear of lifting. I had wrongly assumed that lifting would make my already muscular body, even bulkier. I was wrong. I have leaned out considerably. I seriously considered joining the gym until I discovered that the non-profit that is tied to the gym is Concerned Veterans for America. CVA is ultra conservative group, who posts support for scary right wing politicians, which is actively trying to privatize the VA, and is funded by the Koch brothers. Those facts and the strange FB posts with the owner’s who spend their free time in small groups with automatic weapons “preparing” scares me. I can’t actively support this business if I know that my money is funding what I believe to be catastrophic for an already broken healthcare system, which I use.

I love what my Yoga practice does for both my body and my mind. The woman who owns my Yoga studio, offers a generous veteran’s discount, and I would love to support her local business, but I can’t.

 

IMG_6998
Ignorance and sweating with friends is bliss!

I was uncomfortable the first time I showed up…We’ve been over why already. After a few sessions I realized that the “Yogi’s” I share this space with are the worst version of stereotypical yoga enthusiasts ever! There isn’t enough space left in this post to go over the amount of awful that goes on in my studio. Just a few examples:

Overheard, two white men asked the new instructor who happens to be Asian, “Where did you practice before you came here?”
“To learn, I watched a bunch of YouTube videos.”
“Ooooh” snide “my yoga is more authentic than your yoga because I paid for it” tone and eye roll from the men.

From an instructor, “I just love yoga, but I don’t like what it is doing to my butt. I’m just not into that bubble butt look!”

In overcrowded class, “Hey, there’s an empty space right here!” Eye roll from lady who puts her mat right in front of the door to the studio which swings open and into her several times during practice, yet she refuses to move.

From an instructor telling a story that is supposed to be inspirational “….imagine that a young black man who wants to be known for his capability for change. How awesome is that? And if he can then…” She kept repeating that. The three brown yogi’s that night almost choked on our collective Ujjayi breath.

Running into the lady during a practice who skipped me in line at Staples, who looked at me like I was crazy when I asserted myself by saying “I’m next in line.” and rolled up to the register before her.

I’m starting to think that when we say “Namaste” we say “The light in me sees how dark you are!” When you have to take a Zanax before you go to yoga, it’s not worth it.

When I tell these stories to my friends. I get told how it’s not about race, or sex, or whatever. I get told that I’m being sensitive. I get told I should suck it up. The more I experience these things, and the less emphatic my friends are, the more money I save.

IMG_8653
Analogy time! One ant bite hurts. 40 of them will cripple you.

On a macro level, the more informed I become as a consumer, the less I want to consume. On a personal level; yoga (and I shouldn’t have to say this because yoga is supposed to be a holistic experience, and a lifesyle) you need to impart more social awareness in your customers, Crossfit your politics are bad for business.

I’m in full austerity mode America, so if I can’t appeal to the moral need to stop with all of the “-isms” then maybe when it starts to effect the economy you’ll get the message.

2 thoughts on “Your politics are bad for business”

  1. UVA Online Engineering Degrees
    ece degree online UVA Online Engineering Degrees and hiking trails are located just minutes from Waikiki Beach, hiring a car at Geneva Airport – French side and exploring France is a great way to sample some French cuisine. Booking 122 days before your intended UVA Online Engineering Degrees date will yield UVA Online Engineering Degrees most affordable results, a good estate agent will help you in your search for a property but it is important to remember that just like in the UK. UVA Online Engineering Degrees”РѕР РіРѕ открываUVA Online Engineering Degrees‚СЃСЏ настройки, storm damage and theft. UVA Online Engineering …
    The post UVA Online Engineering Degrees appeared first on Incom.

    [url=http://entertainment.remmont.com]Louisiana Business[/url]

  2. Flights to san antonio tx Things to Do in San Antonio With Kids – Family Travel Magazine
    Things to do in San Antonio with kids, including the Alamo, the River Walk, and the Witte Museum. Things to Do in San Antonio With Kids Things to do in San Antonio with kids, including the Alamo, the River Walk, and the Witte Museum. In addition to the amazing culture and history, there are a number of fun things to do in San Antonio with kids. We recently visited for five days over Spring Break, and we all had such a great time. Thinking of visiting with your children? Here are some of the best things to do in San …
    The post Flights to san antonio tx Things to Do in San Antonio With Kids – Family Travel Magazine appeared first on Questions.

    [url=http://vps.remmont.com]Usa Business[/url]

  3. car sale uk
    Mg tf insurance group ) Video
    Car Reviews: MG TF LE500 – The AA Mg tf insurance group MG TF LE500 A new front end is more contemporary Overall rating Value for money Costs Space and practicality Controls and display Comfort Car security Car safety Reasonable boot considering the model’s size and layout Exterior still looks contemporary and sleek Good mix of performance and economy Extremely well balanced and nimble handling Interior styling and build quality fails to match rivals Noisy and unrefined inside No power roof option Very firm ride can be irritating Following the collapse of the MG-Rover group and the subsequent selling off …
    The post Mg tf insurance group ) Video appeared first on Credits.

    [url=http://entertainment.remmont.com]Pakistan Business[/url]

  4. [url=http://remmont.com/category/auto/]cerritos auto square
    [/url]
    Airline tickets to la American Airlines $250, 000 AAirpass Worth Every Penny
    In the early 1980s, American Airlines started selling the AAirpass, which granted the holder unlimited first-class travel with the carrier—for life. At first, the pass cost $250,000. The $250,000 Airline Pass That Was Worth Every Penny The frequent fliers who flew too muchLos Angeles Times AT&T CEO Regrets He Ever Offered Unlimited Data in the First PlaceConsumerist In the early 1980s, American Airlines started selling the AAirpass, which granted the holder unlimited first-class travel with the carrier—for life. At first, the pass cost $250,000. Sounds like a lot of money (especially three decades ago), but it’s a bargain considering that …
    The post [url=http://insurance.remmont.com/airline-tickets-to-la-american-airlines-250-000-aairpass-worth-every-penny/]Airline tickets to la American Airlines $250, 000 AAirpass Worth Every Penny[/url] appeared first on [url=http://insurance.remmont.com] Insurance[/url] .

    [url=http://loans.remmont.com]Louisville Business[/url]
    [b]BONUS FREE DOFOLLOW Links SITE[/b]

    http://614656.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=4074
    http://foroimpagados.com/member.php?u=17719
    http://mikatsu.info/blog/lodochnye-motory-mikatsu#comment_166301
    https://bokaloff.ru/nash-blog.html
    http://baguazhan.do.am/index/8-12793

    http://batuendustri.com/urun/driver-ve-trafolar/?unapproved=27072&moderation-hash=da38fa78eee311843ca2fd647a70c581#comment-27072
    http://www.whichtogo.com/fire-hdx-8-9-2014-vs-kindle-fire-hdx-8-9-2013?unapproved=60034&moderation-hash=451ab0108f64526bf3fd7ca7833d368a#comment-60034
    https://joevsmartshop.com/new-joe-vs-smart-shop-opens-store-8/?unapproved=32450&moderation-hash=dd5ae59003e6027fb5867e45d98c0426#comment-32450
    http://blazerformen.com/always-be-prepared/?unapproved=3831&moderation-hash=00c7a3b31958ffc588c253c2f3e82e38#comment-3831
    http://www.brandengineering.com/portfolio-archive/omnis-iste-natus/?unapproved=8145&moderation-hash=0bbe357bbe94e83d2f97dce04535fbff#comment-8145

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *