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Black Swimmers: ‘I Missed The Memo That Said Black Women Don’t Swim. So I Do.’ 

Posted by | June 14, 2017 | Black Swimmers, Diversity, Swimmers

When I tell people I routinely swim, more often than not, they do a double take. Here’s why.

By Sherri Daye Scott

I am a swimmer. I own all the proper gear. Both my suit and goggles are highly rated on Amazon, and I use a fancy French sunscreen to protect my face from chlorine burn. If I time my mornings right, I can swim 10 laps, take a long shower, hydrate my curls, and be at my desk before 9:30 a.m. Swimming is the one workout I stick with. The repetition lulls me into a meditative state where I can think and decompress; all the while, my body is stretching and pulling against the weight of the water. Resistance training at its best.Still, when I tell people I routinely swim, more often than not, they do a double take. That’s because I am a black woman. And everyone knows black people—women in particular—don’t swim. Except we do, as Simone Manuel’s 2016 Olympic gold proved.   READ MORE…..

Source: http://www.womenshealthmag.com

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