I feel the need to help others realize that their old belief system about whites being superior has led our world/our country into a sad situation where many problems arise out of these old, probably subconscious, beliefs! I think that we as fitness professionals could make a difference if we lead the way to encouraging others to scrutinize their own choices and spread equal opportunity and love, yes, LOVE, to everyone. If we judge someone, let’s do it by their choices, not their race!
as professionals, we have an opportunity to welcome everybody regardless of the many reasons why people are discriminated against. Many of us teach classes, and we can make everybody feel safe and welcome.
But as individuals, we have an obligation to probe our own minds. We may consider ourselves as open as can be but, on close inspection, we may find that we have prejudices or preconceived notions. Just becoming aware of them can be a challenge.
After all, categorizing has been a survival strategy for millennia. It has enabled us to distinguish friend from foe based on learned criteria. I am not excusing discrimination but I believe that we should recognize from where it stems. When we discover it in ourselves, we should acknowledge and investigate it, not gloss over and pretend it is not there.
Current events in have pushed the question of black and white again into the forefront. But, as fitness professionals, we have our own demons, and those can be “fit and fat”.
This is an ongoing struggle for us as individuals and as a society. When consideration toward others is mocked and dismissed as “political correctness”, it gives permission to simmering prejudices to rise unapologetically to the surface. The best we can do is not to be silent but to speak up if this is what our conscience tells us.