There’s a stereotype driven perception marinating in society that Black women don’t immerse themselves totally in water, out of a reservation that water will mess with their hair style.
We’ll if they’ve just walked out of the salon or are of the type to wear heels to the pool – yeah I guess they wouldn’t want water above their breasts. And to be sure yes, some Black women have hairstyles that don’t mix well with H2O and there is nothing wrong with that.
That’s all good. But you have to also respect there are an equally number of women from other ethnic groups that don’t want their hair wet in public either – but you wouldn’t know that because in this society of ignorance of other races we embrace stereotypes rather than facts. And when it comes to having stereotypes heaped on you, Black women seem to be the first dumping ground of choice.
The NorthCarolina A&T’s 2015-16 swim team debunks the stereotype that Black women won’t go under water.
The 11 ladies of North Carolina A&T’s swim team are Black, lovely, have Black hair, and they swim. They take their hair in the water with them and bring it back out all the while showing skill, poise, and beauty.
These ladies are paramount to capturing HBCU’s athletic director’s attention to the underserved sport of competitive swimming. Many HBCU’s are cutting funding to programs like swimming in favor of funding in your face programs like football, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse.
These ladies’ school, North Carolina AT&T in Greensboro N.C. made news in 2015 when they came out and said they were considering nixing the swimming program in favor of funding programs that they are more capable of winning NCAA sport titles in.
All things considered, it’s awesome to see 11 Black female swimmers achieve the goal of being a competitive team.