Black Positive People : How the color of American swimming is finally changing

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    How the color of American swimming is finally changing



    AUSTIN, Texas – Cullen Jones is less of a curiosity now, and that's a wonderful thing.

    The two-time Olympic swimmer and four-time Olympic medalist spent a lot of time as the only African-American performing at the highest level of American swimming. In a sport that has tended to be whiter than a Toby Keith concert and makes golf look diverse, he stood out ...



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    Simone Manuel will compete at the Olympic Trials in June. (AP)

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    Cullen Jones has won four Olympic medals. (AP)


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    An unspoken barrier to getting more black girls in the pool: the hair factor



    ... Her victory thrilled the whole country even as it put an uncomfortable spotlight on the lack of diversity in the world of competitive swimming. The problem starts with a limited pipeline. Seventy percent of African American children can’t swim, resulting in this tragic statistic: Black children drown at a rate three times higher than whites.

    Geography, race, access and poverty all are contributing factors. But for black girls, there’s another unspoken barrier: the hair factor ...


    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-belk-black-hair-swimming-20160824-snap-story.html


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    Simone Manuel smiles on the podium at Olympic Aquatics Stadium at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 13. (Bernd Thissen / EPA)

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