September 2, 2009, - 1:20 pm

HILARIOUS! Video: Why Don’t Black People Swim? A Barbershop Speaks Out

By Debbie Schlussel

The first video is absolutely hilarious.  Would love to hang out with the cool, funny people at this barber shop.  The second one is kinda stupid.  Hope Jimmy Kimmel’s giant Mike Tyson tattoo is as fake as I think it is.

Hey, if you use ABC News’ logic, most Black people don’t swim because “water reminds them of slavery.”

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8 Responses

Great! I enjoyed that video. I am black and can swim. During the JIM CROW era, in the South blacks went to the creek
or ponds on their land and we had a ball. Urban or city ones didnt have the swim and they are the ones who are angry. They should have stayed in the South! smile

btilly on September 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Those barber shop patrons are very quick and clever. Please tell me that’s not cast and scripted!

Spiffo on September 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm

I am part black and I can verify that “we” are not as buoyant. In junior high despite being small I was probably in the top 10% in running ability. Yet during swim class I was at the bottom along with a few other black kids who were bussed into my school.

George on September 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm

That barbershop clip was hilarious, and the subject of Black folks and swimming will always provide some interesting feedback! Ironically, I just went to the barbershop this morning! The ongoing topic of discussion was health care reform and as you can imagine, it was pretty lively! Those town hall meetings don’t having anything on the “spirited” discussions that go on in Black barbershops!

JibberJabber on September 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm

As a swimming instructor I get frustrated with parents who project their fears of water onto their children. To me, this seems especially prevalent among African-American parents. White parents will warn their kids about the dangers of water but they won’t usually scare their kids to death about those dangers.

Hilarious clips by the way!

Cliff on September 3, 2009 at 11:16 am

Schwang wang wang…..

Calideep on September 4, 2009 at 6:53 am

Hehe very funny

mindy abraham on September 4, 2009 at 6:54 am

Schwang,? wang, wang…… Debbie Schlussel

Bob on September 7, 2009 at 5:42 am

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