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Philly Swim Club Penalized

This summer’s simmering controversy was over the action of a Private Swim Club in the Philidelphia area which contracted with a youth group for swim activities, only to withdraw them when the group arrived – because the group was majority black.

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Commission penalizes swim club in Pennsylvania racism complaint

(CNN) — The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission issued a finding of probable cause Tuesday that racism was involved in the decision last June by a suburban Philadelphia swim club to revoke privileges of a largely minority day care center.
Some kids from the Creative Steps Day Care center say club members made racist remarks.

Some kids from the Creative Steps Day Care center say club members made racist remarks.

The commission ordered monetary damages for humiliation and embarrassment and a civil penalty of not more than $50,000.

The decision noted that none of the club’s 155 paid members this year was African-American.

Last year, according to the decision, there were “179 paid memberships, none of whom were African American.”

In addition, the decision noted that in 2009, the Valley Club “made a concerted effort to expand the geographic range of its membership by engaging in a marketing campaign…. The Respondent efforts were mainly directed at areas with overwhelmingly Caucasian populations…. The Respondent made no effort to direct such marketing efforts at areas with significant African American populations….”

“It’s an invitation to sit down with our staff and have the parties settle their differences,” said Stephen Glassman, chairman of the commission, of the 33-page decision. “If they don’t, it will go on to a public hearing, a trial.”

He said the Valley Swim Club has 30 days to appeal.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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The New Jim Crow – Black Kids Banned From Pool

It’s popular among the conservative set to proclaim that racism is dead in Post-racial America. Even Uncle Tommie Clarence utilized that excuse when ruling in the recent Ricci case…

It, like almost everything conservatives have to say…

Is a lie.

As a child, right here in what now is considered the most urbane and liberal part of Virginia – I recall a time when there were no public pools which allowed black kids to swim in the counties of Fairfax and Arlington. If you wanted to swim, your parents had to haul you all the way to Alexandria – or one of the segregated black beaches or resort areas. One included a beach on the Maryland side of the Potomac River, from which you could see the Virginia Shore rising to Mt. Vernon.

More than 60 black kids told to leave pool...

More than 60 black kids told to leave pool...

Pool Boots Kids Who Might “Change the Complexion”

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.
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Posted by on July 9, 2009 in The New Jim Crow

 

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