The Associated Press reports that 60 percent of African-American children can not swim.
As a black woman (yet not "African-American" so maybe this doesn't apply to my people) these numbers are not surprising.
You see America, black people don't want to get their hair wet. Simple. Chlorine and salt water are mortal enemies of press-and-curls, weaves, waves and tight curls.
Also we are not a fan of the inevitable snot trail that runs out of your nose when you emerge from underwater (you know what I am talking about).
In addition, if anyone is familiar with urban public pools you know that on a given day you can find a smorgasbord of waste products floating in the water from discarded baby diapers, to Popsicle wrappers to the perennially favorite, human feces.
For the full story you can go here and learn about new learn-to-swim programs launching in inner-cites.
P.S. Just in case you think I am totally serious, the AP also explains that ability to swim in tied to socio-economic status and level of education, NOT race alone duh.