A stretch, maybe. But consider this discredited hypothesis trying to explain the disparity between American White and American Black males: In 2007, according to Dr. Oz (yes, the Oprah doctor), African Americans are more prone to heart-related conditions, because Africans that survived the Midlle Passage were able to do so because of their blood's ability to sustain high levels of salt content.
This theory has been repeatedly discredited and found amongst my research. As stated in the article, "Although predisposition to salt retention may have advantaged some individual slaves, other factors -- such as new selective pressures in North America and mating with non-Africans -- would have increased genetic variability, not constricted today's African American population to one common hypertension gene. As studied today, no contemporary West African population suffers from rampant hypertension."
The author in this quoted story, Osagie K. Obasogie, states quite well, "Rather, in a world with finite resources, it's regrettable that we continue to invest millions of research dollars -- and valuable public air time --looking for genes to explain racial disparities in health, when so many causes lie simply in how we treat one another."
A sterling example of an amazing African-American male who's taken care of his body and preached about taking care of one's health is 77 year-old Dick Gregory, as seen in this wonderful talk about taking better care of ourselves. Love his description about the liver - removing the "r" - and live, by taking care of this organ!
I'm sure I've missed lots of folk. These are just some of the men that came to mind and have saddened me. Please feel free to share your memories here.