‘Go hang yourself’: Internet racists freak the hell out over black women-only yoga retreat to ‘escape white people’
Responding to a report at Vice on a yoga retreat in Costa Rica that caters to black women — and black women only — to “escape white people,” racists on Twitter were quick to start whining with an unsurprising amount of bigoted comments.
According to the retreat, documented in video on Vice, “We followed a group of women to the Women of Color Healing Retreat in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, a travel experience that emphasized yoga, vegan food, and political education seminars — and specifically banned white people.”
In a short clip from the video that ran on HBO, retreat founder Andrea X explained the rationale for the get-away.
“I have no tips for white people. Let us have our space,” the businesswoman explained. “Let us have our room and [you go] hang out with other white people – you’ve done enough damage.”
That apparently set-off white Twitter users who appeared to be offended at the idea of being excluded from practicing yoga in a tropical setting, with one suggesting, “surely Africa would welcome them with open arms!”
A sampling below, including the video clip:
A racially divisive political climate has driven people of color to make a point of finding time to have private conversations and experiences outside of that context. VNT travelled to Costa Rica to see what these trips look like. #vicenewstonight pic.twitter.com/JXaAbtYzkv
— VICE News (@vicenews) February 6, 2018
Please tell miss x thank you for leaving and please don't come back.
— Jack (@Jackhole6) February 6, 2018
I had a friend explain a very interesting theory to me.He said if an enemy foreign power really wanted to destroy America THE most effective weapon would not be https://t.co/XPO0UZaVXy would be race which would pit Americans against each other. He might be right……
— BARBARA GARRETT LEE (@SCY385) February 6, 2018
surely Africa would welcome them with open arms!
— Paul Burd 🇬🇧 (@PaulBurd) February 12, 2018
Does anyone know if this group gets any federal money?
— Kevin Craw (@kcrawDC) February 12, 2018
Thank you Vice for showing racism and stupidity regardless of race with this interview of Ms. X, who I believe to be the most racist person I’ve ever seen!
— David Pitts (@david_dpitts051) February 6, 2018
Fuck your gross. Your racist pigs. Telling anyone they shouldn't go somewhere is racist. What's difference if I told her don't come to my town…nothing. it's all racist you stupid racists. Fuck you
— LegitRKJ (@LegitRKJ) February 6, 2018
Go to Africa. Stay there.
— Paul Kasner (@Paul_Kasner) February 6, 2018
My tip for you is to go hang yourself!
— Nick Shredder (@SESKILL) February 6, 2018
— Inge Vidare (@inge_vidare) February 12, 2018
Well they do have places the like Congo & Somolia you know the places where there Is No white people and they are killing themselves over there
— Wallace Ross😊 (@rossw04) February 12, 2018
The demographic can't afford this service anyway
— Dr Jax Toad 🐸 (@Jaxhomegirl) February 12, 2018