Pool racism & Simone Manuel

Black Twitter is on fire about the enormous significance of this Simone Manuel moment. Instead of trying to speak to the occasion in my own words, I’ll cite Twitter luminaries:

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George Johnson wrote a piece on the subject. This fear of water is related to pool racism and racial segregation, enforced by means of, for example, acid, as in the photograph below:  

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– even more painfully – the risk of drowning and death.

In related “pool racism,” Cannes has banned the burkini. This is exactly the kind of racial segregation that puts entire communities at risk of drowning, except in this case it uses the language of safety and the veil of security theater.

Simone Manuel has changed the game.

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