Washington Post style reporter Lavanya Ramanathan has noticed that "spinning" class participants are predominantly young, thin, and white. Yet one more cause for the Social Justice Warriors! (Her opinion piece can be read HERE.)
I've never been in a spinning class in my life, nor do I understand the appeal. But I will add a couple of my own personal observations to Lavanya's ...
The girl in those "Peloton" commercials on TV is young and thin! ... Now that I think about it, the majority of (on-the-street) bicycle riders I see in Boise are relatively young... and relatively thin... and most are white. I always assumed it kinda reflected the demographics of the people who live in the area, and are interested in bicycling. But maybe more should be done to make it more diverse!
Hey! And ya know... now that I think about it... when you watch a big-time bicycle race, like, say, the Tour de France... the racers are predominantly young, thin, and white! What the?!!?
But... before I get too bent out of shape... I think back on last weekend, when I probably watched 10 or more hours of top-level NCAA college basketball. And in that field of endeavor, the tables were turned! There are fewer white guys playing college basketball, than there are black guys (and gals) in spinning classes, I'm guessing. (Granted, us fatties were NOT very well represented, in any skin tone.)
Hockey ... football ... track and field ... marathon running ... volleyball ... polo ... synchronized swimming ... the list goes on and on. Some seem to attract a more homogenous mix of participants, and some are quite diverse. Should quotas be imposed or enforced, just for the sake of diversity?
(For the record... there's not a whole lot I can do about being white. It's the skin I was born with. BUT - I'm doing my best to skew the participation percentages to OLDER and FATTER!)