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Where do stereotypes come from? - example about black people and swimming

Tonight I was watching Amazing Race, and the two black sisters said they didn't want to perpetuate stereotypes, but indeed, they cannot swim. So I was wondering, where does this specific stereotype come from? I never understood why there is a belief that most black people cannot swim. Did that come from something specific?

I'm posting this anon b/c I have a feeling it might get heated, but it's not meant to be. It's meant to be more of a discussion about where specific stereotypes come from.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:18 PM on Feb. 20, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

Answers (19)
  • There was a study a couple years ago that showed almost 60% of black children do not know how to swim. Often if parents don't know how to swim, then the kids don't learn either. It might have something to do with previous segregation of people using pools too. I know several black people who can swim, so I've never made an assumption that someone could or could not swim based on skin color, but there are reasons for the stereotype. Hopefully they can help more children learn to swim to lower drowning risks.

    MSNBC: Nearly 60% of Black Children Can't Swim

    Answer by pam19 at 10:30 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • It seems to be more fact than stereotype, if you read statistics... google Cullen Jones. He is a black Olympic swimmer (Gold Medalist!) and I think has started programs, or at least is an advocate for black children learning to swim.

    Answer by mevxoxo at 10:32 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • igorant ass ppl thats like saying whites girls don't have a butt...

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:36 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • white ppl can't dance

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:37 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • When a specific group follows a tradition or norms for a certain amount of time the perception becomes so......

    Answer by AnuMeha at 10:41 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • I think that stereotypes are ridiculous.  My husband is black and listens to country music.  He can swim.  He doesn't sag his pants.  He doesn't beat me or treat me like crap.  He doesn't speak in "slang".  And OMG yes, he's even employed!  bump


    Answer by MrsHouston47302 at 10:55 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • I never heard that black ppl can't swim

    Answer by autbot at 10:56 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • That's one I never heard before.

    Answer by popzaroo at 11:06 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • tsk tskcan of wormssealed lip


    Answer by Momxoxoxo at 11:19 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • I am black, I cannot swim, when I was younger my mother would have killed after all that time she spent on my hair if i jumped in a pool. And the older I got the less important it seemed. My husband can swim and is going to take our children swimming.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:51 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

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