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"Of course, it's hard to prove that past racist policies are directly responsible for apparent the lack of a swimming culture in some urban communities of color. On the other hand, in segregated cities, where structural racism continues to shade into the use and perception of public recreation, it seems less outlandish to focus on the role of historical memory versus, say, Black women's supposedly life-consuming hair neuroses. But of course, it's more fun to just indulge public fascination with how hairstyles influence Black women's behavior. And when that story gets old, just add water."