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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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