On Monday, the University of Ottawa “suspended” its free yoga classes at the Centre for Students with Disabilities on campus because of complaints from the Ottawa Student Federation branding yoga as “culturally appropriative.” As a symbolic counter-punch, rational-minded people have slammed the outlandish hyper-sensitivity of the left by one-upping the university with their own call to ban algebra via petition because it “appropriates” the ancient Babylonian culture.
Bill Hammond, a columnist at the New York Daily News called on people to “do their part” as he tweeted the link to his proposed aforementioned petition via Change.org (a site which is finally being put to good use).
The petition reads in full:
The Student Federation of Ottawa has recently cancelled a free Yoga class over issues of cultural appropriation.
While this is a sign of progress, we must build off the momentum. Former New York Daily News columnist Bill Hammond has suggested that we go further by cancelling university algebra courses, as this branch of mathematics has its cultural roots in ancient Babylonia.
The University of Ottawa is a logical selection for this petition, since they have proven capable of leading the way. Please sign the petition to have Dean of Instruction, Joyce Caldwell, remove any courses related to algebra.
Some of the reaction on Twitter was hilarious.
“While this is a sign of progress, we must build off the momentum. Former New York Daily News columnist Bill Hammond has suggested that we go further by cancelling university algebra courses, as this branch of mathematics has its cultural roots in ancient Babylonia.”
Petition responding to the University of Ottawa “suspending” its free yoga classes
Although some people may have missed the punch line, coming in a comment below the petition from Tim Wallford of Wilson, NC:
Whites and Europeans have long misappropriated the goods and technologies of the people they oppressed. They have used this strategy to build a world that supports imperialism, colonialism, democracy, pseudo world health initiatives, bribery disguised as foreign aid, invasion disguised as humanitarian efforts, and higher education that has stolen the ideas of ancient cultures.
End the teaching of algebra NOW!”