Not So Much 'Brotherly Love?'
July 9, 2009 12:23 PM Subscribe
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More than 60 African-American day campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club
because -- according to John Duesler
, President of The Valley Swim Club
-- "there was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion ... and the atmosphere of the club." Creative Steps Day Camp paid The Valley Swim Club more than $1,900
for one day of swimming a week, but after the first day, the money was quickly refunded and the campers were told not to return.
"I heard a white lady say, 'What are all these black kids doing here? They might do something to my child,' " recalled [14-year-old camper Dymir] Baylor [video
| 01:52], who says he lives in a neighborhood so diverse, he'd never heard anyone speak like that before. "It was rude and ignorant."*
Fortunately Girard College
, a private Philadelphia boarding school for children who live in low-income and single parent homes, has stepped in and offered their pool to the campers.
"It may surprise some Americans to learn that not only do certain private clubs still refuse to admit African-Americans, women, and gay people, but that this kind of enrollment discrimination is considered perfectly legal."*