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Olympic swimmer could have turned ill-advised quip into teachable moment

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino canceled a Saturday night appearance by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville after she made an unflattering joke about African-Americans and their ability — or lack of ability — to swim.

While I appreciate the casino's "Love All, Serve All" values, I wish the casino had maintained the invitation for Glanville and added another celebrity to the list: Tampa native and Olympic swimming silver medalist Maritza Correia McClendon.

McClendon would share that a recent USA Swimming survey indicates 70 percent of African-American children (and 60 percent of Hispanic/Latino children) cannot swim. African-American children drown at a rate nearly three times higher than their Caucasian peers.

We must strive to turn such ill-advised comments into teachable moments. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Wish Morgan Freeman Narrated My Life. ...

Jackson Rooming House, the historic Tampa boarding home that once hosted famous African-American celebrities, is moving closer to being saved. A deal may be completed by mid January, thanks to a group that's revived the project. ...

Baseball's financial dynamics may force the Tampa Bay Rays to trade David Price, but I wish he would "settle" for $13 to $15 million a year over the next five years and stay. If you love Tampa Bay, David, don't go. You'll make up the difference in endorsements. ...

Every time I turn away from the sports chatter and listen to NPR on WUSF-FM 89.7, I ask myself only one question: Why don't I listen to this station more often? Wait, wait, don't tell me.

That's all I'm saying.

Olympic swimmer could have turned ill-advised quip into teachable moment 12/15/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 15, 2013 8:09pm]
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