A Film Called Blacks Can’t Swim

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A Film Called Blacks Can’t Swim is a documentary short staring British hip-hop artist Ed Accura and is directed by Mysterex. The film chronicles Accura’s experiences in learning how to swim while addressing typical stereotypes and modern myths that have been perpetuated about black people and swimming, and how those factors play into Accura’s own anxiety and borderline trauma. The film discusses some of the social reasons behind why drowning affects black communities at such a disproportionate rate.

Race and Swimming[edit]

  • A 2017 study by Sport England found that white children in Britain are three times more likely to know how to swim than children of color.
  • A 2014 CDC study found that black children aged 5-19 in America drown at a rate over five times greater than that of white children.


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