Wednesday, July 8, 2009

It Doesn’t Wash Off

The memo about post-racial America didn’t get to The Valley Swim Club in northeast Philadelphia.

The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers’ first visit to the pool suggested otherwise.

“When the minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool,” Horace Gibson, parent of a day camp child, wrote in an email. “The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately.”

The next day the club told the camp director that the camp’s membership was being suspended and their money would be refunded.

The president of the club issued a statement that didn’t help matters much.

“There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club,” John Duesler, President of The Valley Swim Club said in a statement.

Paging Dr. Freud…

I’m pretty sure that there are a few lawyers among the membership of The Valley Swim Club. That’s good, because they’re going to need one.