African-American swim group condemns controversial poster
By Jesse Coburn
The Baltimore Sun|
Jul 01, 2016 | 12:32 PM
The Maryland-based group Black Kids Swim condemned a controversial Red Cross poster Friday.
"The images and videos produced and distributed by the Red Cross are unfortunate in that they discourage Black children from participating in the sport of swimming by extending negative stereotypes," the group said in a statement.
The swim safety poster demonstrated pool safety rules with depictions of white children acting properly and children of color misbehaving.
"This is especially disheartening when added to the saddening statistics and the historical exclusion of African Americans from public pools and safe open water swimming areas."
Public pools and beaches were commonly segregated throughout U.S. history, according to Ebony Rosemond, the group's founder.