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Anouser 2009/07/09 10:06:53
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More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason. "I heard this lady, she was like, 'Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?' She's like, 'I'm scared they might do something to my child,'" said camper Dymire Baylor.

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.

"I said, 'The parents don't want the refund. They want a place for their children to swim,'" camp director Aetha Wright said.

Campers remain unsure why they're no longer welcome.

"They just kicked us out. And we were about to go. Had our swim things and everything," said camper Simer Burwell.

The explanation they got was either dishearteningly honest or poorly worded.

"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.

While the parents await an apology, the camp is scrambling to find a new place for the kids to beat the summer heat.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Pool-Boots-Kids-Who...
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  • carlton999 2009/07/09 11:51:29
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    this happened to my family in Texas in 75. I was 14 and we just got off the road. it was hot so we went swimming. when we got to the pool we were the only black people there. as soon as we got in the pool everybody left. another white family form CA showed up and they asked my mom were was everybody else because it was a hot day. my mom told her what happened and the lady said well i guess we have the pool all to our selves. so our two family's stay there for the rest of the day just out of spite.

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  • Debra Smith 2012/11/02 15:21:10 (edited)
  • half sistah 2009/09/15 00:49:20
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    I watched this story on the news. It's sad that these people confused 2009 with 1959
  • Gaskammer 2009/08/12 19:14:59 (edited)
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    POOLS CLOSED DUE TO AIDS. pools closed aids

    But in all seriousness, the children shouldn't be turned away solely for their race.
  • MJ 2009/07/12 06:10:12
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    That's Philly... they are blunt about such things. No political correctness will stand in their way. They can't even discriminate under the terms of the Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), they do it old school. Now they'll have to figure out how to avoid a major class action lawsuit!
  • Scarlet4vr MJ 2009/07/12 17:04:46
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    philly area may be blunt (i'm from just north), but that club should have done their homework before they day camp paid for services. my bet is they'll be paying for this mistake for a long time to come.
  • LinzBinz 2009/07/12 03:11:38
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    I know. I'm in Philly myself. Well.. outside of Philly. It really is a disgrace. Its so freaking annoying, too. It doesn't make sense. What is the problem? But seriously, its making international news. Hell is breaking out, thank gooseness! :)
  • mardi claw 2009/07/11 23:44:39
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    after seeing the hoopla about this, and seeing the many versions of it twisted... bottom line? If someone paid a membership, then they HAVE a membership, and the right to swim whenever they so choose.

    I personally love it when we're on vacation, and we jump in the pool at the hotel we've rented. Then we watch all the NON tattooed folks jump out. Same stupidity, same segregationalist ideals... some folks are SO AFRAID of things they know nothing about.

    time for this country to move forward, and not backwards...
    and this place? shut down.
  • Scarlet4vr mardi claw 2009/07/12 17:06:37
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    ..."and we jump in the pool at the hotel we've rented. Then we watch all the NON tattooed folks jump out"
    *grins* so much fun to freak out the 'normals' and scare the mundanes ;)
  • <--That guy 2009/07/10 22:27:46
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    Wow! That kind of naked racism is astonishing for this day in age.
  • mardi claw <--That... 2009/07/11 23:45:40
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    its appearing more and more, by those who want to keep racism alive...
  • <--That... mardi claw 2009/07/13 06:03:32
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    Very sad
  • david 2009/07/10 12:00:37
    None.
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    who cares i think its a bunch of s**t
  • Anouser david 2009/07/11 19:23:29
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    Why do you feel that?
  • david Anouser 2009/07/11 20:39:50
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    because i did more reading on it you should to then let me know what you think
  • Anouser david 2009/07/12 21:13:35
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    I did, so what is your conclusion?
  • david Anouser 2009/07/12 21:29:57
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    my conclusion is it had nothing to do with race it had more to do with a bunch of rich people not wanting a bunch of kids ruining there so called private club they felt that all the kids were a nuisance and wanted them gone all this talk about racism is coming from people who see a cash cow and want a piece of that's just my conclusion until i see further proof of so called racism i will stick to my first conclusion why what is your conclusion
  • barry sucks 2009/07/10 08:09:45
  • killa 2009/07/09 23:22:44
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    That's horrible...I mean yeah crime is for a lot of black people(I'm not racist), but not all of them are bad. A lot of them are cool.
  • Anouser killa 2009/07/11 19:24:13
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    And whites don't commit crimes...
  • authorgirl Anouser 2012/11/02 11:09:06
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    That's not what was said. The post said SOME of them are criminals and some are cool. That goes with every group.
  • socokid 2009/07/09 15:14:32
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    Unreal. Those that actually think that racism is dead in this country need to look no further.
  • Estick 2009/07/09 12:02:54
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    It's 2009 not the 1950's... This is ridiculous.

    2009 1950s ridiculous
  • carlton999 2009/07/09 11:51:29
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    +5
    this happened to my family in Texas in 75. I was 14 and we just got off the road. it was hot so we went swimming. when we got to the pool we were the only black people there. as soon as we got in the pool everybody left. another white family form CA showed up and they asked my mom were was everybody else because it was a hot day. my mom told her what happened and the lady said well i guess we have the pool all to our selves. so our two family's stay there for the rest of the day just out of spite.
  • mardi claw carlton999 2009/07/11 23:47:15
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    yes indeed! I love it when my tattooed sister jumps in the pool on our vacations, just watching the folks flee, makes my day at the pool, all that much better...
    we also stay. all day....
  • carlton999 mardi claw 2009/07/12 05:41:33
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    people think that its going to wash off in the pool and stain them for life. lol
  • Kent the Roofer 2009/07/09 11:39:50
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    Attorneys are signing up clients right now.
  • ctuagentdown 2009/07/09 11:38:41
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    1960's in the south lives again but when you have a private club that is what you can do. the members won't complain and there are a few sodaheaders who love that story.
  • 168290 2009/07/09 11:25:23
  • Sapphire 168290 2009/07/12 05:50:18
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    I know right!

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