This is something else I was ignoring. I wasn't an initial fan of Survivor and haven't seen all of the seasons. I did happen to see the two seasons when a person of color won (they were both black as far as I am concerned but one of Puerto Rican so she got the "Hispanic" label). Yes, like Friends and most popular sitcoms, the cast is usually all white. Like Jeopardy, they claim a lot of minorities don't try out. From what I've seen, if the black player is strong and athletic, the white people claim that they are aggressive, outspoken and scary and they vote them out early on. The colored chicks who won were both somewhat quiet, considered non-threatening (both physically and intellectually) and they just sat by and watched all the crazy white folks pick each other off. Lack of diversity is one thing, but there was no need to do all of this.
Who would've thought reinstituting segregation would cause such controversy? Oh, right. Everyone but the producers of Survivor.
A group of New York City officials have blasted CBS' announcement that it split the contestants on Survivor: Cook Islands into tribes by race, claiming the producers' decision to pit blacks, whites, Asians and Hispanics against each other during the early rounds of the show would only promote divisiveness among competitors and viewers alike.
"The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous," city councilman John Liu told the Associated Press. "How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?"
Liu claimed the show's divisive premise would do nothing but promote the spread of negative stereotypes based on the actions of the different tribes, something that, just two days after the announcement, is already an issue.
Right-wing mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh, always keen to bluntly pontificate on delicate subjects, took to handicapping the new season on his radio show Wednesday.
Hispanics, he said, "have shown a remarkable ability to cross borders" and "will do things other people won't do." Asians, per Limbaugh, are "the best at espionage, keeping secrets." Blacks "lack buoyancy" and are "more likely to drown," while the white man's burden will weigh down the last team with "guilt over the fact that they run things."
So much for breaking stereotypes.
I'm not sure why this thing with black people swimming is getting so much play these days. I cannot swim. I never learned. As an adult, I had and still have the opportunity to learn but it isn't on my list of to do's for some reason.
Did anyone ever stop to think that both our American apartheid system and the subsequent institutionalized racism kept swimming pools out of the inner cities and other areas where blacks were forced to live? Did anyone ever stop to think that black people were not allowed access to public swimming pools even in integrated areas? There was no safe pool in my neighborhood when I grew up. There was no pool at my small Catholic high school that was predominately black. I attended a suburban public school for my junior and senior years (and swimming wasn't an elective for PE at those grade levels) and found that, even though I was "the North", one of my black classmates whose parents had attended the same high school said that when they attended, blacks were not allowed in the pool. The "can't swim" thing isn't a genetic defect. It is something that arose from segregation and lack of access. Culturally it may have evolved because if parents can't swim, they may not feel safe allowing their children to unless it is part of a controlled curriculum - and it still isn't an option in many black neighborhoods and school districts. What irritates me about this latest stream of comments from white politicians and pundits is that they totally fail to acknowledge that racism is the reason why many (and it is generational ... more and more blacks can swim and once we start winning the Olympics they will be pouting) blacks never learned to swim and/or aren't good swimmers.
All that said, anyone who has ever watched Survivor knows that they are usually on a beach and that a good number of the challenges are in the water. Therefore, my question to blacks who get on the show who aren't strong swimmers is "why did you take your black ass on the show? You know all they do is dive and swim!" The folks in the black tribe better not get on there only having been in a pool at the YMCA! P.S. Rush Limbaugh is a big, fat, Viagra needing, Dominican child prostitute buying idiot! I'll bet his big ass has plenty of buoyancy.