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Originally posted by Barcs
It has nothing to do with slavery. People with more recent African decent evolved in a harsh climate where physical strength and speed means the difference between life and death. Neither race is superior to another. They just have varying attributes based on the climates they have lived in over the past 50,000-100,000 years or so. Slavery wasn't nearly long enough to cause noticeable changes in physical strength.. at least as far as we know.
Originally posted by The X
first person to break the 4 minute mile was a englishman, also swimming is a sport tht requires massive fitness at the highest levels, best swimmers tend to be white.
The genes for athleticism are in both races, the just show up in different events in different people.
If blacks were better at everything athletic, across the board, i would agree with him, but, they excel at a few events, in the same way whites excel at a few events.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
A lot goes into the measurement of strength, but white people are not "stronger" even if they happen to lift more weight.
Some scientists believe a combination of selective breeding by slave owners and appalling conditions meant that only the strongest slaves endured, creating a group predisposed to record-breaking athletic performance.
Originally posted by adamc3
reply to post by Hess88
Here is an interesting article from 2010 addressing the topic. Their theory is that the body's center of gravity is slightly higher in black athletes, which makes them better at running type events. While the slightly lower center of gravity in white athletes makes them better at swimming. So having the advantage in one is a disadvantage in the other.
Originally posted by captaintyinknots
so much of what you point out has simply to do with availability of the sport. Hockey is far more popular in places like Canada, where it is mostly white.
Not a lot of youth hockey being played in africa....
Originally posted by DarknStormy
reply to post by JailTales
I know, but they are black if that is the right word... They have the same traits either way.
Originally posted by ihavenoaccount
These generalizations, believe it or not, impede society by making people neurotic and insecure about their own worth. The black kid who's told the best physicists are only Asian. The white kid who's told the best athletes are black. The Asian kid who's told that the public only wants to see white lead actors... (that one's a little more complicated, but hey!)
Maybe we should stop making exceptions for the rule, and admit that the rule isn't nearly as infallible as we say it is.