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Why are more Afro Caribbean's afraid of water?

I have noticed that many Afro-Caribbean's (I don't know if it's the same for the North and South Afro-Americans) have an abject fear of water or being immersed into water. A friend I knew could not have a ladel of water poured over his head or they'd freak out. Another person I heard of, who was also West Indian, could not do the same. I then watched a program with another W.I and he could not do the same. I havent noticed this behaviour with 'Continental Africans' (

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aalives/stories/149.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11172054

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lol like my man clinton said DO THE ARITHMETIC.

80 percent of nigerians cant swim( lets assume this percentage is true for all most African countries)

therefore only 20 percent can.

In america the percentage of blacks that cant swim is around the 70 percent mark.

therefore 30 prcent cant swim.

i dont know the percentage for the Caribbeans and im not going to bother to dig it up

but based on this simple ARITHMETIC, does the figures suggest or indicate in anyway that its

only an african American or Caribbeans problem. The resounding answer is a BIG NO.

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What's the culture and occupation of these Africans that live on these riverbanks.. how important is the rivers to their livelihood and survival.

Also how many people in the Caribbean live on river banks and have their livelihood /occupation and survival tied to the water.

Been surrounded by the sea does not guarantee that you will know how to swim.. if you have a lifestyle where you're doing 9- 5 and a culture where the people don't really care much about water. They are not going to go that much near the water to swim..

Lagos is pretty much surrounded by water and the sea but I can assure you that the majority of the people do not know how to swim.. They are out there rather hustling to get a living than worry about going for a swim ..

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It can't be more preposterous than assuming that this is a black problem, especially when it's a significant event that has shaped the culture of the Caribbean islands.

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Over 63% of people in riverine areas of Africa can swim. Caribbean nations are full of water and most can't. The person from Barbados made that statement "wondering", this thread was opened four years ago wondering the same thing. A few comments ago people were arguing against many people in the Caribbean being unable to swim and having a fear of water until I quoted the person from Barbados and Antigua that made the situation seem even worse. None of you understand what the discussion is about. That's all.

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Lol didn't even realize the thread was resurrected from the dead..

Btw I understand where you coming from and your " wondering" but the point is linking the problem to slavery is preposterous ..

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i dont know...but ur only a hawiye or darod if your father is....so ur mom could be darod but if ur dad is hawiye u still hawiye...

i dont know his clan....there are 4 big clans that are somali. only famous peoples clan i know...not some kid...

why u ask?

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On a serious note no one is saying all black people can't swim though ..

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somali people can swim. we have the longest coast in africa. inshallah like scientist predict our land mass will break away and leave africa

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that does kinda look like ur face.

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somali people dont have problems swimming.

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^^^^ Cmon son I know you're intelligent so don't disappoint me. The Harewood guy acknowledged that the problem seems not to be just not an African American or Caribbean thing but Africans as well. He even cited his observations and experiences in west Africa and east Africa to back up his postulations however true or not..

So

1. if the assertion, based on observations from blacks in the diaspora is that , blacks in Africa seems to have the same problem

2. The enslaved diasporian blacks came from blacks in Africa

3. Blacks in Africa were not enslaved or forced to cross the ocean

Therefore its safe to say in this case that it is a " black" problem and not just diasporians. So then why the infatuation with linking the problem to slavery ? .. the guy you quoted from even said he jokingly attributes it slavery. Yet instead of dwelling on the main message he was making which is; its a " black" problem, you rather for whatever reason dwelled on his mundane point connecting it to slavery. Which was a joke to begin with..

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Okay, let's just pretend that the majority of people of African descent on the islands of the Caribbean's have an ability to swim and forget that the majority of Africans don't ever get to see a lake, let alone a sea. It's just because of 'lifestyle' that over 60% of Africans living in riverine areas of Africa are able to swim and boat. Hundreds of people of African descent drowned in New Orleans because of a chosen lifestyle, despite being bayou people.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11172054

Lies!

I don't even know why this discussion was resurrected.

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dont go near water or i will enslave u mrsdarksin, i will make u my sexxxx slave

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another reason why somalis are not black.

we are pirates and traders. the water is our playground

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And fyi i know plenty of continental africans who cant and some dont want to learn how to swim lol.

Its all about the individual.

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As an authentic caribbean i am saying this theory is highly flawed. None of us were on slave ships therefore we dont "suffer post traumatic stress disorder thus afriad to swim". Lol. Its ludicrous.

Only one member of my family fears large bodies of water and only in the deep end. (get your mind out of the gutter).

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You can be the one to prove that majority of Africans are afraid of water. As for me, I've never heard of Africans on coastal regions not being able to swim, along with that many people in Nigeria for example take baths, wash, and fish in rivers, lakes, and streams.

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The majority of Africans aren't afraid of water. This is actually a problem in the United States and Caribbean:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11172054

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Every since I started dating and married Chima his Bottom always want to throw and dunk me in the water! Then his Bottom be want to get freaky in the water.....arggggggggggh!

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^^only the ones with no common sense do such things.

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Ok so then what do you link to with the majority of Africans afraid of water?. Is it also due to colonialism? Or What do you also link the majority of caucasians also afraid of water to? Perhaps due to Roman colonization?

Why do people always find ways to connect and link the unlinkable.

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I understand what your saying, but I'm talking someone as young as 5 born in the UK and doesn't know much about the Caribbean in the first place, or its history.

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I was just saying that the idea of a linkage with Slavery sounded interesting and I really had no idea if is could have some validity or not.

It is true that the African Diaspora ( decendants of enslaved Africans in the Western Hemisphere) are not normally seen taking part in much water sports. However, that mere observation really isn't anything concrete.

I am just enjoying seeing what information is brought up in this thread.

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Thanks for your replies, this is interesting. . . .

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Maybe you're onto something. African-Americans are the same, with about 60% of African-American children not knowing how to swim.

http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/2008/05/60_percent_of_b.php

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I'm going to guess and say it has something to do with hurricanes. I remember after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, FEMA had the major cruise ships off the coast of Texas for people who had evacuated to live there temporarily. Hardly anyone went there because they said the last place they wanted to be surrounded by water after what happened to them. But on the other hand, a lot of AAs aren't exactly crazy about going swimming or getting rained on, so maybe your theory on slavery checks out.

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Slaves simply did not have time for leisure activities like swimming. Most encounters with water ended up in drowning. . . . once bitten, twice shy. . . . I am sure if you heard that someone from your town drowned, you wouldn't wanna go near the water.

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