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Black People, Black Guns and Black Politics

I got into the pro-rights movement by accident. I just wanted to take what the government had taught me and help the people in my community live safer with training. I didn’t know that people of color, specifically Americans of African descent in most cities that I was trying to help were discombobulated about guns. It was the swimming pool all over again.

When I was in basic training at Parris Island, SC to become a US Marine, all recruits had to get classified to what level they could swim or operate in the water. It was the largest indoor pool I had ever seen. It had been a rough week for me and I couldn’t do anything right I thought. I was so glad when they told us to put on swimming trunks and jump in the water. I knew it would one of the few places, that the Drill Instructors couldn’t get me for a few minutes. I love water. Like going to the chapel, this was going to be a peace break.

Well, over a hundred young men, jumped into the pool. That was quite a sound. I swam to the deeper end and floated effortlessly for several minutes as I noticed that the room was growing quieter. Underneath me, I saw men in scuba gear patrolling like reef sharks. When I finally looked to the wall, where we had all launched I noticed that there were at least seventy black men, dripping water and shaking from the experience. I looked around and wondered did I miss the whistle. Trying to whisper to my bunk mate who was also out of the water; “Why are you out of the water?” He cautiously whispered back, “The brothers don’t swim.” I thought to myself, “Damn, what am I a mutant?”



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  1. medivac

    October 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Semper Fi !!! Great read!!!

  2. jimmy john

    October 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Blacks have different standards that the rest of the world, None anyone who listen to al sharpton can’t be all there

  3. rmpetty

    October 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Very well written Sir.

  4. Work2SnowSki

    October 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Good read, Thanks.

  5. Lopez

    October 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Romney + Ryan = Recovery for 100% of Americans.

  6. BBomber66

    October 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I was taken back by your story. I had never heard of this “rule’ until I read your post. I’m glad I did because I was ready to unsubscribe based on the headline. I attended the YMCA in Cincinnati in the late 50’s and early 60’s in its youth programs. Most of the kids were white, but a few blacks came. They came to the pool with everyone else when the swim period came. We also had trips Coney Island where I saw bunches of black kids enjoying the huge pool. I didn’t notice how deep the water was. I don’t remember seeing them go off the diving boards, though. I was nontheless glad to have your perspective. Thanks for sharing that.

  7. Denniskrug

    October 17, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I went through basic at San Diego but my last duty station was at M.C.A.S. (Marine Corps Air Station) Beaufort, S.C. 7 miles from Paris Island. Good read.
    Semper Fi !!

  8. Radar_Vet

    October 17, 2012 at 7:40 am

    “Avoidance programs perpetuate ignorance. Ignorance kills.”……LOVE IT! I’m going to steal this,….with your permission of course?

  9. bigdog137

    October 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Interesting. Ever notice how Blacks cannot be predjuiced, only Whites? Why is that?

  10. uzitiger

    October 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I saw the same thing in gym class in high school and many blacks did not know how to swim but some did learn in swim class.

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