The Philly 60

When 60 Black kids from The Creative Steps Day Camp in North Philly got in the pool at The Valley Swim Club in Philadelphia

” . . . 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 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.

One camper heard a member say “Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?’ . . . ‘I’m scared they might do something to my child.”

Jessie Daniels posts on Twitter: Want to tell Philly pool bigots how you feel? e: Tel:215-947-0700

Full article at NBC Philadelphia

Another recent example of racial prejudice being alive, well and publicly acceptable in America today is the case of the Jena 6 who were heavily persecuted by some town administrators, townspeople and schoolmates in Jena, Louisiana following a hate incident in 2006. After three Black students sat under a shade tree in the “White” area of their school yard (there were no trees in the designated “Black” section) three nooses were hung from that tree as threats of retaliation against them.

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