Time magazine roasted for article suggesting exercise has racist origins

Time magazine is getting mercilessly mocked over an article about “the white supremacist origins of exercise” that claims racism was the motivator for the fitness movement.

The mag ran the eye-catching headline Wednesday based on a chat with history professor Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, whose lessons at New York’s The New School often focus on Black Lives Matter protests.

In the interview, the self-styled “scholar, writer, teacher and activist” insisted that being fat used to be “desirable” — and the push to work out in the 20th century was racism at work.

The idea “that women should be lifting weights and gaining strength” started because racists thought that “white women should start building up their strength because we need more white babies,” she claimed.

“This is totally part of a white supremacy project,” insisted Petrzela, calling it “a real ‘holy crap’ moment” in her research for her upcoming book, “Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession.”

She also told Time that free exercise plans like running were “never totally equal” because “people of color were thought to be committing a crime.”

The article — and specifically its blaring headline — was quickly roasted online, with many tweeting clown-face emojis and suggesting they assumed the headline was from satirical sites like the Onion or the Babylon Bee.

Among those ripping and ridiculing the article were prominent black fitness influencers and authors.

“First math was a tool of white supremacy. Now it’s exercise. Pretty soon, food is gonna be a tool to continue systemic racism oppression,” former heavyweight boxer Ed Latimore wrote while sharing the article.


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