SwimSwam Film Fest: “The Myth That Black People Don’t Swim”

If you haven’t seen this swimming video, it’s worth a look. It is, of course, a myth that African Americans don’t swim, but this video produced by the National Black Programming Consortium is interesting and insightful.

I am always on the lookout for great swim videos. If you have an interesting or beautiful swimming-related video and/or animated short,  please submit to Gold Medal Mel Stewart at swimswam to be featured. We appreciate all points of view on pools, lakes, rivers and oceans. Please include a little background on why you captured the video and the equipment you used (cameras, lens, editing software, etc.). Feel free to add your own story as well, 175 to 200 words works best.

From the producer:

Back by popular demand, and with topics by the people Black Folk Don’t brings new topics to a new city, New Orleans! First, what’s the deal with black folk and swimming? Do they do it? Or are the assumptions true? Tune in to new episodes every Tuesday, and share your thoughts @blackfolkdont on Twitter. A special presentation of BlackPublicMedia.org, directed by Angela Tucker, and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), a nonprofit media arts organization, is the leading provider of black programming across public media platforms and a great resource for the training & support of public media professionals of color.


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Well they have the height advantage over Hispanics and Asians. as a group. Blacks are only 14 percent of the population is I would not except them to be the major group of swimmers but states with let say a lot of hispanics like California and Texas have few of them at the top, so there are factors like height, interest,income that factor into swimming.


I’m not really sure being short factors into just swimming versus being an elite swimmer, which wasn’t a topic of the video…

I thought there was going to be a bit more to this video other than random interviews, seems like people listed the reasons anyone would use for or against swimming. If that was the point, I guess it was made, that black people aren’t different.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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