Wellness Doesn’t Belong To White Women

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The wellness industry has a racism problem. While that’s true of most major industries, there’s something particularly egregious — and dangerous — about the institutions promising to support your well-being being rife with racist stereotypes, exclusionary pricing, and willful ignorance about how race factors into our physical and mental health.

These days, it would seem on the surface that the wellness industry has started to wake up to its overwhelming whiteness — demonstrated most notably by the many brands, from Lululemon to Goop to your run-of-the-mill fitness influencer, springing to announce their support of Black Lives Matter and to spotlight Black practitioners. But despite the outward displays of allyship, Black professionals working in this space have a much darker story to tell about what’s really happening behind closed doors in the wellness world.