I was thinking about this topic while driving to work and listening to an interview on the radio. Do not get upset. Assimilation Theory is not as bad as it sounds for now. It is much like celebirty endorsement. For example, If someone hear's that a famous olympic swimmer is African American it should give them pride and show that it can be done. In that they should decide to participate for fun or for competition, if not a little bit of both. How many African Americans started golfing because of Tiger Woods? How many African Americans became defensive of linemen because of Mean Joe Green? How many African Americans entered politics because of Obama? How many African Americans started rapping because of Jay-Z? Let's take this further. Jesse Jackson says "We should keep our eyes on the prize". Good idea. There are a lot of wealthy people swimming in country club pools. They spend time around the pools, playing cards, talking junk, networking, and more. Can the act of engaging in swimming allow more African Americans that kind of access, like quality control is the proverbial back door to possibly getting that executive job? I don't know. A lot of people ask why am I teaching swimming lessons? Well, it's my obligation to teach swimming for the sake of better balance, equity, as well as preventing drowning, and expanding the sport.