Why can't most blacks swim?
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Kevin

United States

#1 Apr 10, 2007
I'm curious, as the vast majority of blacks I know are unable to swim. Anyone?
morphine dream

AOL

#2 Apr 10, 2007
That may be true in your case, but on the average I don't think it is the truth.
Mack

Washington, DC

#3 Apr 10, 2007
Kevin wrote:
I'm curious, as the vast majority of blacks I know are unable to swim. Anyone?
WTF are you talking about? Why do some of the non blacks on this forum keep asking us nonsensical sterotypical questions like this?

I don't know where the f you get this but I'll answer it since you asked nicely. The reason why you think blacks can't swim is due to the scientific fact that since us blacks have heavy bone density, our bones add weight to our bodies while in the water, thus causing us to sink to bottom faster than other people. Blacks (Ancient Egyptians) invented the sport of swimmming so we should be good at. I rememeber on the D. Letterman 2-3 weeks ago when Bernie Mac came on their to discuss the upcoming movie Pride where that movie was designed to counter this stereotype that us blacks can't swim.
watitdos little cousin

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Apr 10, 2007
Kevin wrote:
I'm curious, as the vast majority of blacks I know are unable to swim. Anyone?
well i do know why white learn to swim early.

because they scared of another flood like in the time of noah.

“The Advocate”

Since: Dec 06

Cincy

#5 Apr 10, 2007
Kevin wrote:
I'm curious, as the vast majority of blacks I know are unable to swim. Anyone?
I would say it is mostly because they lack access to decent public pools and instruction. I was a world class swimmer most of my life and knew a few other black swimmers, and they could all swim fine. However my father doesn't know how to swim at all because he never had access to a pool, just a quarry. And if I might add...swimming is crucial to staying alive in the water, so overcoming fear plays a large role in learning to swim. Once you get older it is harder to learn, and be taught, to stay afloat.

How did you learn to swim?

“I'm Still Here”

Since: Feb 07

Oakland

#6 Apr 10, 2007
Kevin wrote:
I'm curious, as the vast majority of blacks I know are unable to swim. Anyone?
Go to the Caribbean.You will see most black kids and teenagers swimming quite well.
IN America,its part cultural.The whole thing about swimming being"a white folks sport".Plus,lots of Black women think being in the water messes with their hair.
I have taught a number of black kids how to swim over the years.Believe me,they were GOOD!

“The Advocate”

Since: Dec 06

Cincy

#7 Apr 10, 2007
Mack wrote:
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WTF are you talking about? Why do some of the non blacks on this forum keep asking us nonsensical sterotypical questions like this?
I don't know where the f you get this but I'll answer it since you asked nicely. The reason why you think blacks can't swim is due to the scientific fact that since us blacks have heavy bone density, our bones add weight to our bodies while in the water, thus causing us to sink to bottom faster than other people. Blacks (Ancient Egyptians) invented the sport of swimmming so we should be good at. I rememeber on the D. Letterman 2-3 weeks ago when Bernie Mac came on their to discuss the upcoming movie Pride where that movie was designed to counter this stereotype that us blacks can't swim.
I wrote something before, but I'll just wait for a bit to see if it appears. I think it is alot more than a physical difference.

“mr snoop”

Since: Mar 07

"SOUTH LONDON BABY"

#8 Apr 10, 2007
i saw this headline and had to come and see wot the hell the person was talking about,,
it is so stupid,u just need to lyao..

“GONE!”

Since: Dec 06

Goleta, CA

#9 Apr 10, 2007
Dougie wrote:
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Go to the Caribbean.You will see most black kids and teenagers swimming quite well.
IN America,its part cultural.The whole thing about swimming being"a white folks sport".Plus,lots of Black women think being in the water messes with their hair.
I have taught a number of black kids how to swim over the years.Believe me,they were GOOD!
Doug, you sound like a person who has been places, unlike Kevin from TX. I think MrD. answered that question very eloquent and with a great deal of tack. Tack is defined as "the ability to make a point without making enemies". I think MrD. done an excellent job with that. Better than me, because I was getting ready to curse Kevin's azz out! Thank you MrD.!
Joseph The Great

United States

#10 Apr 10, 2007
MrDarryl wrote:
<quoted text>I would say it is mostly because they lack access to decent public pools and instruction. I was a world class swimmer most of my life and knew a few other black swimmers, and they could all swim fine. However my father doesn't know how to swim at all because he never had access to a pool, just a quarry. And if I might add...swimming is crucial to staying alive in the water, so overcoming fear plays a large role in learning to swim. Once you get older it is harder to learn, and be taught, to stay afloat.
How did you learn to swim?
I almost drown once in a neighbors pool when I was 8 years old. As fate would have it my freind's mom pulled me out of the water before I drown.

It took a near death expereince but, ever since then I've been able to swim and stay afloat in deep water.( BTW I'm white)
KIP

San Francisco, CA

#11 Apr 10, 2007
Kevin wrote:
I'm curious, as the vast majority of blacks I know are unable to swim. Anyone?
Because you're a stupid Texan who will fall for any nonsense.

I sat upon a toillete
a strainin' and flexin'
When what to my surprise
Out plopped a Texan.

Gotta love the Texans!
KIP

San Francisco, CA

#12 Apr 10, 2007
Kevin wrote:
I'm curious, as the vast majority of blacks I know are unable to swim. Anyone?
In the Carribean a lot of the locals swim and they are very black.

I'm black and swim quite well too.

Time to leave Texas and see the world.
Ashley

Littleton, CO

#13 Apr 10, 2007
Kevin,

My answer pretty much sums it all with MrDarryl's answer as well. Now let me ask YOU an inquiring question......why can't most "whites" dance or have rhythym? Yes I know....stupid question isn't it? For every "black" person who can't swim, there's a few "whites" who can't dance...big deal. Personally, I am an excellent swimmer, but I had access to it sitting right in my parents backyard for all of my life so there's a clue for you.

“keep it fair across the board!”

Level 1

Since: Dec 06

Texas

#15 Apr 10, 2007
Kevin wrote:
I'm curious, as the vast majority of blacks I know are unable to swim. Anyone?
plenty of blacks swim

“keep it fair across the board!”

Level 1

Since: Dec 06

Texas

#16 Apr 10, 2007
KIP wrote:
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In the Carribean a lot of the locals swim and they are very black.
I'm black and swim quite well too.
Time to leave Texas and see the world.
Dont blame it on the state of Texas.. Thats pure ignorance plenty of black ppl swim and we are in Texas..

“keep it fair across the board!”

Level 1

Since: Dec 06

Texas

#17 Apr 10, 2007
Kevin wrote:
I'm curious, as the vast majority of blacks I know are unable to swim. Anyone?
4 blacks dont count as vast majority in Texas.. But then again you said the vast majority that You Know!!! I apologize my bad.. I spoke to soon... but alot of blacks do swim....

“GONE!”

Since: Dec 06

Goleta, CA

#18 Apr 11, 2007
Kathy Kat wrote:
<quoted text>plenty of blacks swim
You tell him, KK! lol

“GONE!”

Since: Dec 06

Goleta, CA

#19 Apr 11, 2007
Kathy Kat wrote:
<quoted text>4 blacks dont count as vast majority in Texas.. But then again you said the vast majority that You Know!!! I apologize my bad.. I spoke to soon... but alot of blacks do swim....
KK, you are missing the point here. Kevin knows all the black men and women in Texas. He knows there age, birth, eating habits, swimming abilities, sexual habits, he even know there favorite colors.

Kevin knows black people!

“I'm Still Here”

Since: Feb 07

Oakland

#20 Apr 11, 2007
Allaboutnothing wrote:
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Doug, you sound like a person who has been places, unlike Kevin from TX. I think MrD. answered that question very eloquent and with a great deal of tack. Tack is defined as "the ability to make a point without making enemies". I think MrD. done an excellent job with that. Better than me, because I was getting ready to curse Kevin's azz out! Thank you MrD.!
Its cool.
Darryl's point was good too since in many black communities good swim programs are a rare entity.Too many adults see a Black youth with athletic skills and automatically channel them into basketball or football.
A related example-river rafting.Black friend of mine from Detroit got his guides license about fifteen years ago.Yet it is like pulling teeth trying to get Blacks at work to go on trips with him.In fact,I went up with him with a bunch of friends from the job,ethnically mixed.The Blacks insisted on going with the WHITE guide!Really.It was the whites and Asians who ended up going on the "Black"raft!

“Call me Mrs. Truth”

Since: Apr 07

Detroit, Michigan

#21 Apr 11, 2007
Kevin wrote:
I'm curious, as the vast majority of blacks I know are unable to swim. Anyone?
I know how to swim but I know that most of the black people I know who don't know how to swim, they are usualy afriad of drowning and dying.

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