I find this completely disgusting. A day camp in the Philadelphia area made a deal with a swimming club and pre-paid to bring their kids to swim in their outdoor pool during the summer. They ended up being turned away in a manner that had major racial overtones. One camper recounts it like 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.’” If you read the entire article it just gets worse from there. The kids were ultimately kicked out of the club, their membership suspended and then refunded so that they couldn’t come back. I can’t believe things like this still go on today in America, and I am very disappointed to see this kind of racism attached to swimming.
If any of you are in the Philadelphia area and are in a position to help some kids go swimming this summer, the Creative Steps Day Camp has about 60 kids that would love to come out and swim with you.
*A quick thanks to Tony at the SCAQ Blog for tipping me off to this story