Interestingly, there have been a flurry of critiques of big time yogis this weekend with regard to their silence in the wake of these latest murders of black Americans at the hands of police. The critique is essentially, you have a platform, you're in the business of making people feel better, step up. I could not agree more. Evil is perpetuated by those who see it happening and don't speak up. I don't care how much you purport your business or your platform to be "irrelevant" or "apolitical;" there's no such thing as an "apolitical" member of society. If you're in the business of -isness, Black Lives Matter needs to matter to you. As religious freedom issues continue to be brought before the Supreme Court, we see that there's strong legal precedent for having one's constitutionally-enshrined right to express political views and yet still being obligated to carry out your business impartially. Yes, of course I'll be kind and loving towards all that I teach, but this is my political bent and I speak out about it because I understand it to be my human obligation. I'm by no means a particularly visible teacher, but I'll say here that that if clients feel differently (and personally, I've only ever heard support for BLM on the job) they can keep quiet, chose the door, or, hopefully, wake up.
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