Philly Pool Boots Kids Who Might “Change the Complexion”

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What is this, 1960?

A Philadelphia private club with “open membership” recently kicked out children from Creative Steps Day Camp because they were black.*  The day camp had paid over $1900 so that its 60 children could have a place to swim over the summer.  They were asked to leave on their first day there:

“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. […]

“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.

And just to be sure we’re all clear on the reasoning behind all this, John Duesler, the The Valley Swim Club’s president, released a statement saying, “There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club.”

That’s right.  Those little hoodlums were darkening the place up.


*Warning: the comments on that article are disgusting.


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One Response to Philly Pool Boots Kids Who Might “Change the Complexion”

  1. I can’t believe this actually happened. Since there are quotations around the quotes above, I imagine that these people I actually said these awful things. If I worked for this company I would quit immediately. People should not patronize an unethical organization.

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