Now They’re Trying to Teach the Blacks How to Not Drown

It’s about time someone taught black people to swim. I’ve been saying this for years. The excuse is that they have smaller chest cavities, so they don’t float like white people will naturally float, but does that mean that every single time a black person goes into the water, their only option is to drown?

Surely, there much be some maneuver you can teach them that allows them to keep their head above water long enough for someone to throw them a floatation device or a rope or something. Figure it out.

Of course, the counter argument is that we already have enough black people and maybe even too many black people, so we really shouldn’t be teaching them how to swim because “body of water” is like the third cause of death for blacks after gunshots and drug overdoses.

That’s the thing with gun control too. The gun control people are always like “well, look at these blacks, they’re just killing each other constantly,” and I’m like “yeah. And?”

So yeah, now that I think about it, fuck this black swimmer program. Just let them drown. There’s too many of them. We are all really sick of dealing with their shit at this point. They’ve gone too far and everyone realizes it’s better just to let them drown.

The Guardian:

Valerie Spears hadn’t planned on taking swim lessons when she RSVP’d to her high school reunion in New York City.

But when Spears, a 72-year-old retiree who lives in Akron, Ohio, learned about a free class in Queens, she decided to pack her bathing suit.

“I’m seeing it on TV. A lot of kids are drowning because they don’t know how to swim and when [my daughter told me about the class], I said: ‘Maybe I should go,’” Spears said. “I might drown myself as an older person.”

You’re more likely to get shot or OD on crack.

But yeah, you might drown.

On 20 June, Spears participated in a lesson organized by Black People Will Swim (BPWS). The gathering was part of a larger effort, coined the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, to promote water safety.

Dozens of first-time swimmers of all ages joined the Jamaica, Queens, event, with lessons rotating based on age group.

At the start of the evening, instructors assessed a group of excited, younger children on their comfort in the water. Later, older adults got into the pool, practicing essential skills like floating as participants cheered each other on. Volunteers handed out free goggles and caps and shared information on future lessons. At the end, everyone received a certificate.

It’s just really empowering people and letting them know that you do have options [with learning] how to swim,” said Paulana Lamonier, the BPWS founder.

Paulana Lamonier

Lamonier, a former competitive swimmer, started BPWS in 2019 as a “side hustle” after posting on social media that she wanted to teach 30 people how to swim. Since then, BPWS has provided free and low-cost swimming lessons to more than 2,500 Black and brown people at Queens’ York College pool. Lamonier said she plans to expand the business.

Like most of their clients, BPWS’s 15 swim instructors are Black. “Seeing someone who looks like me, who is making me feel comfortable, who’s giving me the right affirmations to keep me going, that’s very empowering,” said Jeanette Benons, who takes lessons along with her two sons. “I think that’s a great step and very important for our little kids.”

Drowning is the leading cause of death for US children aged one to four, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Black people under age 30 are 1.5 times more likely to drown than white people, and those disparities are even starker during early adolescence: Black children aged 10 to 14 drown at 7.6 times the rate of white children.

I mean, maybe it’s good. I guess probably the blacks who are going to swimming lessons are the good ones.

But then, like, this is a government program. I think we’ve honestly spent enough on these blacks. I would be okay if the blacks had to pay for the anti-drowning program with some of their food stamps, but if they’re just getting free anti-drowning lessons, I don’t really see an argument as to how this is a good use of taxpayer funds.

Probably a better use of funds would be shooting lessons for the blacks, so when drug dealers shoot at other drug dealers they kill the other drug dealer instead of random children on the sidewalk.

But then I see the photos and I’m like “well, this seems joyful.”