Myth: "blacks people have natural rhythm.

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:22 am    Post subject: Myth: "blacks people have natural rhythm.

From FernieBee's post above.


"How to argue with a racist:
Five myths debunked
16 March 2020

Stereotypes and myths about race abound, but this does not make them true. Often, these are not even expressed by overt racists.

For many well-intentioned people, experience and cultural history has steered them towards views that aren't supported by human genetics. For example: the assumption that East Asian students are inherently better at maths, black people have natural rhythm, or Jews are good with money. Many of us know someone who thinks along these lines."


I have the following observation regarding "black people have natural rhythm" in the above post.

I taught introductory salsa lessons for around 10 years.
I probably taught a total of 200 classes consisting of 5-15 students. I probably danced 1-2 minutes with over 500-700 female students consisting of white, african american, hispanic, asian, Indian, etc. Based on this:

-Almost all of the african american women (say 48 out of 50) had a very natural "grounded" rhythm that would work with salsa.

-Most (say 80 out of 100) of the latina women had a natural "grounded" rhythm that would work with salsa.

-Around 30 out of 300 white women had a natural rhythm that would work with salsa.

-Around 5 out of 100 asian and indian women had a natural rhythm that would work with salsa.

I can understand the success rate of the latina women: My wife was born in Puerto Rico and remembers dancing to latin music at house parties when she was 4-7 years old. So my guess is that most of the latina women grew up in households where, salsa, cha cha, merengue and other music was played.

If DNA is not a factor than perhaps the music that was listened to for multiple generations influenced the "natural" rhythms of the students I danced with.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:27 am    Post subject: Re: Myth: "blacks people have natural rhythm.

delaluz wrote:
From FernieBee's post above.


"How to argue with a racist:
Five myths debunked
16 March 2020

Stereotypes and myths about race abound, but this does not make them true. Often, these are not even expressed by overt racists.

For many well-intentioned people, experience and cultural history has steered them towards views that aren't supported by human genetics. For example: the assumption that East Asian students are inherently better at maths, black people have natural rhythm, or Jews are good with money. Many of us know someone who thinks along these lines."


I have the following observation regarding "black people have natural rhythm" in the above post.

I taught introductory salsa lessons for around 10 years.
I probably taught a total of 200 classes consisting of 5-15 students. I probably danced 1-2 minutes with over 500-700 female students consisting of white, african american, hispanic, asian, Indian, etc. Based on this:

-Almost all of the african american women (say 48 out of 50) had a very natural "grounded" rhythm that would work with salsa.

-Most (say 80 out of 100) of the latina women had a natural "grounded" rhythm that would work with salsa.

-Around 30 out of 300 white women had a natural rhythm that would work with salsa.

-Around 5 out of 100 asian and indian women had a natural rhythm that would work with salsa.

I can understand the success rate of the latina women: My wife was born in Puerto Rico and remembers dancing to latin music at house parties when she was 4-7 years old. So my guess is that most of the latina women grew up in households where, salsa, cha cha, merengue and other music was played.

If DNA is not a factor than perhaps the music that was listened to for multiple generations influenced the "natural" rhythms of the students I danced with.



A former colleague used to argue that black people did have a natural rhythm that manifested itself in music. He was pretty proud of it: "It's Africa, it's in our blood." When I pointed out that he couldn't dance worth a damn (we're talking junior high level bad) he'd laugh and say he was the exception that prove the rule.
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