Digging up the Roots of the Intention behind Fitness

The Separation and compartmentalization of race through Eugenics is a root of the white supremacist cis-hetero patriarchal culture we live in today. These ideals and Biases that we embody are both conscious and unconscious and feeds this cycle of separating ourselves from our own internal otherness and the ways that we show up and share space with others. For this course we are going examine these ideas and understand how they frame body identity, fitness and movement.

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We are impacted by a White Supremacist Cis-Hetero Patriarchal Capitalistic Society

‘We choose white supremacy over racism because racism itself doesn’t allow for the conversation around colonization and decolonization. Illuminating internalized racism and the ways in which we keep whiteness and white people at the center.

We have to problematize nationalism beyond race, in all kinds of ways that I think there's a tremendous reluctance, particularly in the United States to do, to have a more complex accounting of identity.”

— bell hooks

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Understanding the interlocking systems of Oppression

The study of how to arrange reproduction within a human population to increase the occurrence of heritable characteristics regarded as desirable. Developed largely by Sir Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, eugenics was increasingly discredited as unscientific and racially biased during the 20th century, especially after the adoption of its doctrines by the Nazis in order to justify their treatment of Jews, disabled people, and other minority groups.