Black Children Denied Entry to White Club. Now Why Would That Be? Couldn’t Be Racism!

The news that 65 black and hispanic youth campers were denied entrance to Valley Club’s pool, which is used by whites, even though they had already paid for membership, has spread quite a bit already.

H/t Feministe

Philly Pool Protest

I have only two things to add.

First, if you read the story, it seems pretty cut and dried. The Club sold the camp memberships unaware that they were for (gasp!) black children (the horror!), the Club quickly realized upon the children’s first vist that they were black (and hispanic), and the Club revoked their membership.

Then add this:

“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.”

And this:

“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.

And this:

“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.

And the Valley Club website, which used to be here but seems to have been removed in the last couple days, previously showed a variety of photos of happy white people and white children enjoying the Club’s facilities, including the swimming pool. I was unable to find a single person of color in any photo.

Racism, right?

Well, over at NBC they aren’t so sure. They inserted this statement into their story on the matter: “Campers remain unsure why they’re no longer welcome.”

What The Hell. Is it too political to name racism when it is found? Using even the most basic and simplistic definition of racism, this incident would still fit the term. The children were denied entrance because of their race. Racism. How could that possibly be so controversial that NBC wouldn’t even feel comfortable printing the word? Oh, because some whites may be offended. Well excuse me.

So there’s that. And then there’s how you can take action. You can sign the petition at Color of Change! Or write your own note and send it to P.O. Box 134, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 or

Tell ’em what’s UP. Without making threats or terroristic statements. Duh.


One thought on “Black Children Denied Entry to White Club. Now Why Would That Be? Couldn’t Be Racism!

  1. This is absolutly rediculous and unacceptable in the yr 2009. According to the story I read they made one comment that “they did not want to change the color complextion of their club”, and then they made a statement that they missooke and the club was not able to accomodate so many children. Really? I gather since you have been is business long enough to cater to the good ole boy you knew exactly the number of memership applications you had. Don’t try to turn it around because you know that you are going to get dirt kicked in your face while your foot is in your mouth. And please don’t insult the children by inviting them back. They were not welcome when they came to this public establishent where thier admission was already paid. Period. There was no othe reason besides the color of thier skin. To the children, YOUR BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL, AND NEVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU DIFFERENT.

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