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  • Harrison Wilk

No MSNBC, Going to the Gym is not White Supremacy

Updated: Jul 13, 2023


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There are no doubts that the Covid-19 pandemic irreversibly changed the political landscape of America. After three years, the right got freer while the left didn’t, instead folding back onto itself (right now I am simply waiting for the Left to implode). More recently, emerging from the pandemic, came the idea that fitness was somehow right-leaning. The comparison arrived early on in the pandemic but the sentiment has long overstayed its welcome. It's a testy idea for the right to claim fitness. Fitness can be a natural pipeline to the right side of politics but that doesn’t mean that being fit indicates conservatism, nor should the fitness of a nation be politicized. Alienating health and fitness/relegating it to only one type of people will disparage the groups typically not on the right. Of course, this instantly becomes conservative's fault. “Oh minority groups are getting more and more obese? White supremacy!” It couldn’t possibly be the Left’s fault.


The Left knows no accountability. Speaking of accountability, what do fitness and conservatism have in common? Accountability, self-improvement, success, hard work - all core tenants of conservatism as well as fitness. Most of the comparison is simple name association. “Hitler drank water and you drink water, so you must be Hitler!” Take, for example, this excerpt from an MSNBC article, “Physical fitness has always been central to the far right. In “Mein Kampf,” Hitler fixated on boxing and jujitsu, believing they could help him create an army of millions whose aggressive spirit and impeccably trained bodies, combined with “fanatical love of the fatherland,” would do more for the German nation than any “mediocre” tactical weapons training.”

 


How can we change this narrative? For the sake of America's betterment, we can’t have an entire generation believing that only one political party goes to the gym. Improvements in education are our best bet. Helping new generations understand that health is non-partisan is the most important fight of today’s conservative. Our children are suffering from obesity and mental health epidemics. Sound the alarm bells. I never thought I would see the day where liberalism supports Big Pharma. Making sure our kids are healthy enough to raise the next generation is one of the primary objectives we have as parents, or a species for that matter. On top of that, fitness has a litany of diversity. Different races and body types means a diversity of workouts and accessibility. As someone under the impression that the Left wanted more diversity, why close off an entire industry to one race? Especially when the industry itself isn’t the one initiating this segregation from within. As conservatives, we need to do a better job of teaching and showing young people that it's acceptable to want to better yourself.

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