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How Did Strength Sports Become So Damn White?

Unpacking a legacy of racism that’s led to the erasure of Black powerlifters

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I spent my youth feeling weak, stocky, and ungainly. I struggled with committing to fitness regimes — none seemed to work with my physique and strength goals. In my twenties, I discovered powerlifting-style training. By combing through training websites, I…




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Hal H. Harris

Hal H. Harris

Black on both sides. Medium Writers Challenge Winner. The founder of Established in 1865. I Tweet @Established1865. E-mail is hal.harris@est1865.com.

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