By Dirk Smith, M.Sc, SDL (He/Him)
An often heard and constantly repeated racist stereotype that “black people can’t swim” or more specifically, “African American people can’t swim” has been around for generations. The stereotype has been bolstered by the lack of representation of black swimmers during the four-year Olympic cycle when swimming suddenly becomes relevant in American culture for two months. Even the statistics are discouraging...
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