I was introduced to this story by a fellow Yelper, if you don’t know what a Yelper is you can always go to Yelp.com ….So anyway, He posted this story in one of the threads floating around on Yelp. I couldn’t believe what I was reading….
They said more then 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were told to leave from a Private Swim Club and were left to wonder if there race was the issue.
“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.
The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. They are a private club that advertises open membership, however, with the campers’ first visit to the pool this club suggested they leave.
“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 club offered to refund them the money but the Camp Director Aetha Wright said that the parents didn’t want a refund, they just wanted a place where there children can swim. They are still unsure, and unsettled as to why they weren’t welcomed to the Club.
“They just kicked us out. And we were about to go. Had our swim things and everything,” said camper Simer Burwell.
“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.
I am truly astonished by this kind of act. Honestly I’m disgusted. I didn’t think that people can still be so cruel in regards to a persons color, especially to innocent children. Are people that ignorant still? Are people that stupid? I say stupid, because if you are racist, that’s exactly what you are. STUPID! I can use stronger words, but I won’t. When the President of the club John Duelser stated that there was concerns that a lot of the kids would change the complexion, and atmosphere of the club, I could not believe he was actually stating that to the press. Is he an idiot? I’m honestly speechless. I don’t even know what to say about these people. I just hope that they realize the world has changed, and it doesn’t matter what the color of your skin is, we are all the same, we are all human.
I say a prayer to those people because honestly to be so ignorant you need someone to save you.
If you want to read more about this go to NBC.com