Skip to comments.In pools, young blacks drown at far higher rates
Posted on 05/15/2014 11:23:50 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Swimming pools are a much greater danger to black children and teens than they are to other kids, a new government study shows.
Black children ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at a rate more than five times that of white children, the research found. That suggests a lot of blacks are not learning to swim, said the lead author, Dr. Julie Gilchrist of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Swimming is a life-saving skill, not just another sport, she said.
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Time to ban pools, they are racist.
“That suggests a lot of blacks are not learning to swim”
...and there folks is why the person that made that quote is a Doctor.
And just how much did this rather obvious observation cost us taxpayers?
I’m not surprised. We’re trying to teach our two (white) seven-year-olds how to swim and it does NOT seem to come naturally for them! I anticipate quite a few lessons before it really kicks in, and those lessons take money . . . and inner-city blacks especially are less likely to have the money to keep enrolling the kids in swim class. If you live somewhere close to a free or natural place to swim, such as a safe pond, swimming is free. Otherwise it’s fairly pricey these days.
And white men can't jump ...
PC is such a circus!
Even after training, blacks apparently tend to have more difficulty swimming than whites do. The theory I’ve heard is that blacks as a group carry a greater amount of their bodyweight above the waistline compared to whites, and this makes swimming harder for them because their center of balance is in the “wrong” place for efficient swimming. I think also blacks tend to have less bodyfat overall, particularly among males, and this in turn reduces buoyancy. Both physiological differences contribute to blacks’ advantage in running, but it’s pretty hard to drown on land.
Another crime of white privilege. We never learned to swim as kids because the nearest pool was fifty miles away and cost too much. That made basic training interesting. Learning how to swim with a DI screaming at you isn’t fun. Without any water, none of us drowned anyhow. Live in the desert.
Save it for the soon-to-be chartered US Department of Inclusion, Equality and Diversity.
I heard a military trainer say once that a higher proportion of black recruits, when sent into deep water, sank. That would indicate a physiological difference, perhaps body fat or muscle density.
The last time I brought this up I was deluged with protests which went along the lines of “You don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m black, and I swim and so do my sisters.”
So I’m just reporting what some guy said. Please don’t hurt me.
i don’t know where you are but many blacks and whites around me are overweight to obese. they only seem to be thinner the younger they are.
Black women don’t know how to swim and/or avoid the water all together because they don’t want to get their hair wet. Moisture has an adverse affect on their hair. As a result, most Black children are also non-swimmers
Questionable science and use of statistics.
Maybe blacks are braver and will try to swim when not trained. Maybe they are richer and have more home pools. The statistic is useless without more information.
The difference among races are not just in the color of their skin. But we are not allowed to discuss that.
They need to enforce equality by making sure more white kids drown.
The problem is low body fat in young black men...the army has long recognized this and it is real problem for special forces etc who require you to stay alive in deep water for x number of minutes.
If Al Campanis had had these stats maybe the Dodgers would have won the world series in the past 26 years.
I taught kids and some adults to swim from high school through college. Black kids can swim as well as anybody else, but there are some barriers to overcome.
First, getting them to submerge their faces and get their hair wet, definite bias against that. Once you get past that bias and teach them how to keep water out of their noses by gently exhaling and blowing bubbles, it gets better.
Secondly, there is a difference in buoyancy between slender, muscular kids and kids who have a layer of body fat. Being able to float means it’s much less scary when getting into deep water for the first time. Sinking below the surface creates panic. However, everyone floats, reaches a state of equilibrium. Some who are slender and more muscular will sink below the surface of the water before this is reached, sometimes a foot or two beneath. The survival float, or with kids, the “jellyfish float,” enables them to relax and realize that they’re not sinking to the bottom forever, that there is a way to move and to act in the water that works without having to try too hard, no reason to panic.
After that, some can be taught to be merely proficient swimmers, some good, a few great. White kids take to it more easily as a group but there are outliers who panic, sink, don’t want to get their faces and hair wet, etc. Black kids take to it less easily but there are outliers as well.
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