Guerrilla: a member of a band of irregular soldiers that uses guerrilla warfare, harassing the enemy by surprise raids, sabotaging communication and supply lines.
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Journalist to construction boss, 1890s: "Is an Italian a white man?"
Construction boss:"No sir, an Italian is a Dago."
(taken from Louise DeSalvo's, "Color: White/Complexion: Dark")
In 2002, NYC DJ Chuck Nice, a black man, said: "Italians are niggaz with short memories" (Guglielmo & Salerno 1). The Italian American claim of "whiteness" has been a contentious issue in the United States, going far back before DJ Nice's comment. It began back in Europe with sayings like, "Europe ends at Naples. Calabria, Sicily, and all the rest belong to Africa."
I'm pissed. I take public transit (the train to be exact) to work every day, and every day I either experience or witness the same thing: male-identified people literally taking up too much space in their seat. This morning, I saw a man sit down next to a young woman. As he splayed his knees wide to the sides, he actually made the young woman spill her coffee. She was completely crunched up in order to make room for the space he thought he needed and deserved.
As many of you know, I have been doing Power Yoga Teacher Training for the past 2.5 months. It has been an amazing experience, and just recently finished. I completed the training through a corporation, and while I love this particular place and its many amazing teachers, it has been difficult negotiating my feelings of "corporate" yoga with my desire to keep the traditional, unmaterialistic viewpoint that is yoga's foundation. First, I should say that, yes, I understand yoga has become a big business in the Western world. There are thousands of yoga studios all around the U.S. teaching many different styles of the ancient discipline. I understand that yoga has become more than a "fad." My problem is a personal one... do I want to further my yogic development by teaching rich, white women who have easy access to it, or do I want to bring yoga to those who can't easily access it--those who would never take a class, or be able to take a class, had it not been offered to them in a more inclusive way?