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Why don't black Americans swim?
BBC News ^ | 7th April 2012 | Finlo Rohrer

Posted on 04/07/2012 2:43:19 PM PDT by the scotsman

'A month ago, six African-American teenagers drowned in a single incident in Louisiana, prompting soul-searching about why so many young black Americans can't swim.

When 15-year-old DeKendrix Warner accidentally stepped into deeper water while wading in the Red River in Shreveport, he panicked.

JaTavious Warner, 17, Takeitha Warner, 13, JaMarcus Warner, 14, Litrelle Stewart, 18, Latevin Stewart, 15, and LaDarius Stewart, 17, rushed to help him and each other.

None of them could swim. All six drowned. DeKendrix was rescued by a passer-by.

Maude Warner, mother of three of the victims, and the other adults present also couldn't swim.

The US has almost 3,500 accidental drownings every year, almost 10 a day. But according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fatal drowning rate of African-American children aged five-14 is three times that of white children.

A recent study sponsored by USA Swimming uncovered equally stark statistics. Just under 70% of African-American children surveyed said they had no or low ability to swim. Low ability merely meant they were able to splash around in the shallow end. A further 12% said they could swim but had "taught themselves".

The study found 58% of Hispanic children had no or low swimming ability. For white children, the figure was only 42%.

"It is an epidemic that is almost going unnoticed," says Sue Anderson, director of programmes and services at USA Swimming.

The swimming body would like all children to be taught to swim.

"We would like it to be like seatbelts and bicycle helmets," says Ms Anderson.

But the situation in the US can vary hugely even within a single state.'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Louisiana; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: swimming
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To: Tailback
Looked like Army.
Marines know how to swim ☺
201 posted on 04/07/2012 5:00:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: trisham

I think I feigned drowning once at about age 12 when some cute gal was life guarding.
She sussed me out LOL

It was worth a clumsy try LOL


202 posted on 04/07/2012 5:04:29 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Amen! {^) I stand corrected.


203 posted on 04/07/2012 5:06:28 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent (By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.))
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To: Tailback

That guy was clearly in a panic before he hit the water...appears to me his issue was a “fear” of drowning. Have to give him credit..he did go in regardless of hyperventilating.


204 posted on 04/07/2012 5:06:46 PM PDT by caww
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To: Tailback

Yes Navy and Marines had to learn to swim to pass boot camp.

At least they did in 79/80

I don’t recall any black guys failing.


205 posted on 04/07/2012 5:07:02 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: X-spurt

LOL - so funny. duh


206 posted on 04/07/2012 5:07:31 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Persevero; sphinx
This is all you need to know about this article:

"It is an epidemic that is almost going unnoticed," says Sue Anderson, director of programmes and services at USA Swimming.

The swimming body would like all children to be taught to swim.

Translation: We have a swimming crisis in this country that only government funding can take care of and we need their help!

Blacks, whites, asians, indians, and every other culture have been drowning since the beginning of time and yet now we have an EPIDEMIC?....wonder what brought that on?

207 posted on 04/07/2012 5:07:31 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: Finny

Anything is possible.
We defeat ourselves!


208 posted on 04/07/2012 5:08:11 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Yup.

Most of my freckles came from being turned into a lobster at the community swimming pool.

Push off the bottom..


209 posted on 04/07/2012 5:08:14 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: struggle

I knew black girls who wouldn’t go swimming because the sun made them darker....rare they would go to beach parties unless at night...or if in the day stayed under umbrella’s.


210 posted on 04/07/2012 5:08:50 PM PDT by caww
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To: mylife

I was a DI in 76/77, them tasked out to the recruit training pool (those instructors were all DI’s who had pushed through at least several platoons, as were the close combat instructors, etc). Never saw anyone dropped because he couldn’t swim. Heard a lot of propaganda from the DI’s threatening it, though.


211 posted on 04/07/2012 5:10:10 PM PDT by AbnSarge
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To: the scotsman

Because “White men can’t jump”?


212 posted on 04/07/2012 5:11:04 PM PDT by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: the scotsman

Because “White men can’t jump”?


213 posted on 04/07/2012 5:11:41 PM PDT by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: Finny

not uncommon.


214 posted on 04/07/2012 5:11:44 PM PDT by AbnSarge
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To: Hot Tabasco

Thanks for pointing out that only Gubermint can help /s


215 posted on 04/07/2012 5:11:55 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

LOL! Not bad for a 12 year old. :)


216 posted on 04/07/2012 5:12:20 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: AbnSarge

Thanks for that input.


217 posted on 04/07/2012 5:13:23 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Well here’s an introductory lesson to logic for ya Marine.

If you’re not a Marine till you pass boot camp, and you can’t pass boot camp till you can swim, then you can’t be Marine unless you can swim.

See how easy that was?

Just kidding, I love my Marine brothers and sisters.


218 posted on 04/07/2012 5:13:30 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: mylife

You tried a hard had dive.

The other reason’s that blacks don’t swim.

Hanging trunks get pulled off and float away.

Gang color’s run in the water.

Felony carry doesn’t work in deep water..


219 posted on 04/07/2012 5:14:36 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Tailback

I’m an ex Bubblehead Submariner but I don’t disparage my Marine brothers ;)

You know what I like about Marines?
They think.
They don’t panic.
They adapt and overcome against overwhelming odds.


220 posted on 04/07/2012 5:17:05 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: caww

Yup.


221 posted on 04/07/2012 5:19:40 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: AbnSarge
Sarge,
I have always had low body fat. Allowed me to sink like a stone while free diving and requiring 2 lbs while SCUBA in situations where bouyancy control was paramount, for example doing shallow dive among boiler heads off Bermuda. Always a bit more work to stay afloat. Just a bit. You learn to accept that you have to work just a little more to stay afloat...
222 posted on 04/07/2012 5:20:25 PM PDT by massatoosits
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To: TASMANIANRED

LoL, you don’t look like a lobster except for the Red.


223 posted on 04/07/2012 5:20:31 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Shoot, as a FORMER sub-mariner, you were probably critiquing the lifeguards in the video. LOL!


224 posted on 04/07/2012 5:20:38 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: AbnSarge

Wow. I am a regular lap swimmer and water brat who learned to float as a baby. I cannot remain in a backfloat unless I move hands and feet slightly — my legs sink. If I fill my lungs with air AND do a Dizzy Gillespie with my cheeks, filling them up with air, and extend my neck and hang motionless in the water, I will end up floating vertically. It’s wild! But does that mean I tend more toward negative buoyancy? The only people I’ve seen who could maintain a backfloat without some motion of legs or hands, were ROTUND. I’m not exactly skinny.


225 posted on 04/07/2012 5:20:58 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent (By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.))
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To: mylife

I had some burns that made me glow in the dark.


226 posted on 04/07/2012 5:21:22 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: mylife
Thanks for pointing out that only Gubermint can help /s

You're welcome......./s

227 posted on 04/07/2012 5:24:59 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: TASMANIANRED
Aloe vera, especially fresh aloe vera, is redhead-in-the-sun's best friend.

I have seen it literally make things a dermatologist would call "pre-cancerous somethingorothers" disappear. And it can take the sting out of a sunburn as if it never happened.

Every redhead should have about ten aloe vera plants in the yard!

228 posted on 04/07/2012 5:26:33 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent (By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.))
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To: the scotsman

I chuckle when I read this: Many years ago in Navy Bootcamp a sailor was required to swim. Jumping off a 12 foot tower into the water. I think maybe one in twenty sank to the bottom of the pool. I thought at the time, “Why can’t they swim.” but sink they could.


229 posted on 04/07/2012 5:26:54 PM PDT by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: trisham

Usually where busy horsing around trying to show the cute life guard gal that we were dominant and therefore worthy of her eye.

That was generally met with both eyes...

“rolling” LOL

And then a short toot on the whistle. Tweet tweet! “knock it off!!”


230 posted on 04/07/2012 5:27:56 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FReepers
Did You Know?

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231 posted on 04/07/2012 5:29:26 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Being Irish I can sympathize.

I grew up on Solarcaine


232 posted on 04/07/2012 5:30:09 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: TASMANIANRED
Sunburns so intense that the sheets on the bed hurt your skin. That's the way they were for me. Had one so bad once on my legs that I literally couldn't stand for more than five minutes at a time, and I'd just gotten a new job at a sandwich shop. They totally understood, thank goodness.

And was your nose pretty much a perpetual scab all summer long every year of your childhood? Mine was!

Heed the aloe vera! It heals.

233 posted on 04/07/2012 5:30:26 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent (By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.))
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To: mylife

I’ll bet she thought that you were, while young, rather adorable. She sounds like a nice girl. :)


234 posted on 04/07/2012 5:31:59 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: the scotsman

DeKendrix? JaTavious? Takeitha?, JaMarcus? Latevin? LaDarius?

Where do they come up with these names?!? A scrabbble board?


235 posted on 04/07/2012 5:33:02 PM PDT by mkleesma (`Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.')
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To: the scotsman; a fool in paradise

We Tasmanians don’t like water, either.


236 posted on 04/07/2012 5:33:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I believeit’s superstition. They have been taught that blacks CANNOT swim and will drown.


237 posted on 04/07/2012 5:33:26 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: the scotsman

“We would like it to be like seatbelts and bicycle helmets,” says Ms Anderson.

I must admit this is what hubby said about our kid taking swimming lessons years ago. “Swimming is not only a sport, but it could save her life someday”.

Hubby is a very strong swimmer, I’m not I used to be able to swim “OK” in my teen years, but like some of the kids mentioned in the article I basically taught myself.

As of now I won’t go out even to my knees in the ocean alone.

The kid did good, she was on the swim team for a while and even worked one summer as a life guard.

I’ll tell you this too, I think Arabs like to swim a lot. There were several on her HS swim team. That kind of surprised me.


238 posted on 04/07/2012 5:35:07 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Harold Shea

25 gal. Wow! My husband has O-Neg. blood type. They used to call him regularly reminding him to come in and donate blood. He always would until he also gave in the gallons instead of in pints. - He got into a rough patch where his health was compromised; he was just drained (not necessarily from the blood donations). Though it couldn’t have helped. He got ulcerative colitis, has gone through numerous surgeries, lost a lot of gut and ended up with an ileostomy. Finally had to just cease and desist on donation; was no longer able to be drained any more. That was over 25 years ago.

Be careful; you’ve certainly done above and beyond the call of duty.


239 posted on 04/07/2012 5:36:12 PM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: trisham

It was fun.
I lived in the water.


240 posted on 04/07/2012 5:36:20 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JudyinCanada

They were free in my city,and still are.


241 posted on 04/07/2012 5:38:05 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: JudyinCanada

There’s always free swimming in rivers. I know there are blacks in the South who live around rivers yet they don’t swim. It’s a jaw dropping moment when we see a black on the water. Happens once every 7-10 years.


242 posted on 04/07/2012 5:38:05 PM PDT by bgill
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To: jocon307

If I lived in the desert I would be looking for a good cool down.


243 posted on 04/07/2012 5:38:29 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: the scotsman

I can’t shoot a decent jump shot nor dunk a basketball. So it evens out.


244 posted on 04/07/2012 5:38:29 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

I suck at basketball, though the old man was a superstar.


245 posted on 04/07/2012 5:39:54 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: the scotsman

I had once thought it was because a person couldn’t turn a profit on it. Mark Spitz, despite the 7 gold medals in one Olympiad, never converted his fame into many commercial endorsements, and there’s no market at all for professional swimmers.

However I’ve been corrected on this point regarding Summer Sanders, and maybe Janet Evans? - not sure if she made any money or not.

Anyway, I figured that black athletes would be drawn to football and basketball because of the money.


246 posted on 04/07/2012 5:40:34 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: the scotsman

I chuckle when I read this: Many years ago in Navy Bootcamp a sailor was required to swim. Jumping off a 12 foot tower into the water. I think maybe one in twenty sank to the bottom of the pool. I thought at the time, “Why can’t they swim.” but sink they could.


247 posted on 04/07/2012 5:44:11 PM PDT by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: the scotsman
Ted introduce basketball to males of the Molombo tribe. A funny scene from comedy movie Airplane!. Link here.
248 posted on 04/07/2012 5:46:43 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Finny

I discovered aloe after I was an adult..

I keep a pot of it going.


249 posted on 04/07/2012 5:47:33 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: scrabblehack

Some people are driven by love and others by money.
Race probably isnt a factor.


250 posted on 04/07/2012 5:47:56 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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