TakePart is using Simone Manuel’s victory to highlight the need for swimming to be taught to Black children. I only heard the whole “Black people don’t swim” thing fairly late in my life, and didn’t realize that it was somewhat true, and is true because of the effects of systemic racism. For so many years, (and, disgustingly, still sometimes today) Black people were kept away from swimming facilities, so of fucking course they wouldn’t be learning to swim. I really hope this initiative changes things.