For many Black Americans, the thought of swimming or boating in an ocean conjures up fear. It has been argued that these trepidations are historic, pointing to slaves who often drowned while being transported by sea to America. This genetic trauma some believe has led to Black reluctance in terms of being comfortable around water. By way of example, it has been reported that former pro basketball star, NBA team owner, and billionaire businessman Michael Jordan’s fear of water stems from a tragic incident during his early formative years when a childhood friend of his drowned.
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