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This Founder is On a Mission to Teach 2,020 Black People How to Swim

We’ve all heard the saying “Black people don’t swim” before, but it’s worth noting that statement is far from the truth. For years, the well-known stereotype has perpetuated the racial and historical context associated with Black people, but there’s an organization on the rise working to change that. Black People Will Swim — founded by a lifelong athlete and multimedia journalist Paulana Lamonier — was created as a means to smash the stereotype in Black communities that Black people don’t or simply can’t swim. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Black People Will Swim, LLC (@blackpeoplewillswim_) Tracking back to the days of slavery and segregation brought on by the Jim Crow Era, Black people and swimming have always been pitted against each other to further deny us access to recreational privileges. According to VICE , a long history of racial discrimination at pools during the 1920s and 1930s may be the reason swimming never became popular for Black people — largely...

Jul 16, 2020