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Pa. swim club accused of racism to ask kids back
Associated Press ^ | July 12, 2009 | RON TODT

Posted on 07/12/2009 6:10:04 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A private suburban swim club accused of racism after it canceled the memberships of dozens of minority children says it will seek a meeting with the kids' camps to work out an agreement for them to return.

Amy Goldman, a member of The Valley Club, said those able to attend a hastily called meeting Sunday afternoon voted unanimously in support of reinstating the memberships of the Creative Steps day camp and two other camps as long as safety issues, times and terms can be agreed upon.

The Creative Steps camp had arranged for 65 mostly black and Hispanic children to swim each Monday afternoon at the gated Huntingdon Valley club, which is on a leafy hillside in a village straddling two overwhelmingly white townships. But after the group arrived June 29, camp director Alethea Wright said, several children reported hearing racial comments and some swim club members pulled their children out of the pool.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: summercamp

1 posted on 07/12/2009 6:10:04 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I hope the kids tell whitey to shove the offer up their asses...


2 posted on 07/12/2009 6:10:47 PM PDT by misterrob (A society that burdens future generations with debt can not be considered moral or just)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Sure we'll have them back but they can only swim on the 2nd Tuesday of each week and only after midnight of a full moon.
3 posted on 07/12/2009 6:12:31 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Good way to avoid Sharpton and lawsuits. I would do the same but this is also a goodwill gesture. The kids should be on best behavior and dittos for the hosts


4 posted on 07/12/2009 6:13:40 PM PDT by dennisw (Free Republic is an island in a sea of zombies)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Of course they are. Whites ALWAYS grovel. We have become a pathetic people and it is no wonder we are losing America.


5 posted on 07/12/2009 6:15:03 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“And a bit of related good news on the economic front: The Valley Club is planning to hire fifty part-time security guards for every Monday for the rest of the summer...”


6 posted on 07/12/2009 6:17:50 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Those kids look like an MTV music video. If I went to that place I’d be out.


7 posted on 07/12/2009 6:21:36 PM PDT by exist
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To: Free ThinkerNY

LMAO!!!

This swim club (and its neighbborhood) are near where I live and I gurantee you that most of the people in that area - - and certainly at that swim club - - voted for Ubama.

Hey, Valley! Have fun with all your political correctness now, you pack of sick Democrat scumbags.


8 posted on 07/12/2009 6:22:12 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Free ThinkerNY; All

“...and some swim club members pulled their children out of the pool.”

Really? I find that incredible that someone would actually pull their own child OUT of a pool because a little black or hispanic kid was swimming in it!

Man, I hope that’s not a FACT and just the usual ‘Whitey Sucks’ PROJECTION from a LibTard journalist or some mysterious ‘eyewitness’ that ‘could not later be reached for comment.’ :(

However, I understand that the rich ARE different than you and me, and I have never lived in a gated community, let alone been invited to ONE pool party in one in my entire life, LOL! Are they truly THAT insulated from the rest of the world?

And are they 0bama voters? ;)


9 posted on 07/12/2009 6:26:02 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I have a feeling it had less to do with the race of the kids and more to do with the sheer number of kids entering the pool


10 posted on 07/12/2009 6:28:12 PM PDT by ronnietherocket2
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To: ronnietherocket2

Could be. But leave it to the AP to race bait. It’s their stock and trade! ;)


11 posted on 07/12/2009 6:29:31 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

12 posted on 07/12/2009 6:31:15 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Lancey Howard

that news makes me feel a whole lot better. ;)


13 posted on 07/12/2009 6:34:24 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad I no longer belong to the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I loved their original reason saying that the children could not swim there that it would change the complexion of the club.

Myself I grew up going to the local city pool and walking in you had to pass through a winding passageway that had numerous shower heads and ankle deep water. By the time you got to the pool area you were cleaner than if you had taken a bath.

14 posted on 07/12/2009 6:34:41 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953
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To: ronnietherocket2

That is EXACTLY what the Philadelphia Inquirer article said. The pool was overwhelmed by the sheer number of kids. And I cannot imagine the behavior of 65 inner city yutes comporting well with the decorum expected at the club.

The club board was absolutely nuts to offer this contract in the first place.


15 posted on 07/12/2009 6:36:15 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: guitarplayer1953

I grew up using a public pool, too. I know just what you mean. ;)


16 posted on 07/12/2009 6:42:36 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I work for a program that involves inner city youths, I wouldn’t want to have too many of them in a pool at once, too high a likelihood that a lot will drown themselves at them same time making life difficult for the lifeguards.


17 posted on 07/12/2009 6:43:25 PM PDT by ronnietherocket2
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I would pull a small child from the pool if 65 children from the ages of 7 to 14 suddenly showed up.

I might be ticked at the club if I enjoyed a quiet uncrowded atmosphere with familiar people and they invited 70 plus strangers without consulting the membership.

My club IS small, quiet and cozy. If we had 65 children in the water at once, that would be our biggest day of the year.

Now maybe it was racism or snobbery. But it could just be safety issues or discomfort with rowdiness or change.


18 posted on 07/12/2009 6:49:54 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: ronnietherocket2

LOL! for some reason (tonights crown royale reserve maybe?)that visual reminds me of smokin’ joe frazier at the ‘73 or so superstars competition swimming event when he almost swallowed half the pool!


19 posted on 07/12/2009 6:51:25 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wasn’t aware black people could swim.

Mexicans, either learn to swim or stay in Mexico.

(If you can’t take this as a joke, it’s not the color of your skin that’s the problem, it’s the thickness)


20 posted on 07/12/2009 7:14:20 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: Altura Ct.

Did you read the original story about this. The club was in the wrong, no doubt about it.


21 posted on 07/12/2009 7:26:41 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Exactly. The wife of the President of said swim club said: “My husband is a good man. He is a member of the ACLU.(!)”

This area IS as liberal as it gets in the Philly suburbs.


22 posted on 07/12/2009 7:34:07 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Will someone do some real investigating on this... the black lady who was interviewed on CNN or MSNBC said they arrived at the pool with 55 kids, this article says that there were 65 kids and the pool safety regs stated that there needs to be one life guard for each group of twenty people or so at the pool and that there were only three life guards at the pool, and this group of kids showed up unannounced. Sixty five kids plus the people already at the pool made for an unsafe situation. Likely, someone already there swimming said something like, “oh no, look what just showed up”. The camp adults with the kids got wind of the grumblings, then proceeded to make hey... I'll bet you...
23 posted on 07/12/2009 8:05:57 PM PDT by opaque soul (Condensing gas to solid state, truth the soul does make opaque.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Were the kids causing the people to leave the pool because of ghetto behavior? I don’t like to be around filthy-mouthed rude people either.


24 posted on 07/12/2009 8:07:53 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Recovering_Democrat; LeonardFMason

Ping to post #22.
LeonardFMason knows this area, too.


25 posted on 07/12/2009 8:48:19 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Free ThinkerNY

65 kids was far too many for that pool. Why are they backing down? It’s obvious the kids misbehaved. There is no reason to cave to race pimps.


26 posted on 07/12/2009 8:55:34 PM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: ronnietherocket2
Yup! Kids go nuts in the water. 65 children entering the pool at once is insane. Small children get run over or knocked down by the bigger children who aren't paying attention and it's just chaotic.

This would happen at ANY pool under those conditions regardless of it's "complexion."

27 posted on 07/13/2009 12:56:56 AM PDT by TNdandelion (This should be fun.)
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To: ViLaLuz

“I don’t like to be around filthy-mouthed rude people either.”

Or the unsociable noise (”music”) they inflict on everybody else within 3 blocks of their soundblasters on wheels.


28 posted on 07/13/2009 10:12:58 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (BLOAT - Buy lots of ammo today)
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To: Lancey Howard

I always get a kick out of all of the white flighters in Montco/Bucks/South Jersey who voted for Obama (and for libs in general) but freak when they encounter actual black people in their nabes.


29 posted on 07/13/2009 10:16:07 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: misterrob

I believe the kids were asked to leave because they were rowdy and disruptive. They just happened to be black. Same vein as screaming, “How come there’s such a high percentage of blacks in prison?!?” Uhhh... “because they COMMIT MORE CRIMES?!?!”


30 posted on 07/13/2009 10:18:36 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Clemenza; LeonardFMason
I always get a kick out of all of the white flighters in Montco/Bucks/South Jersey who voted for Obama (and for libs in general) but freak when they encounter actual black people in their nabes.

That's exactly what you have here. By the way, the 'Sweetness & Light' blog has an interesting expose of the swim club president John Duesler being a big Ubama supporter.

Here is one of the comments posted by a reader there:

(Posted by) Liberals Demise July 8, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I’m thick skinned so being called a racist won’t dent this jarhead!

One only need go to a public pool to understand why they were terminated. Open spitting, cursing out words that would make a sailor blush, pulling down shorts exposing male genitalia, pushing, shoving and disrespect to everyone not their skin tone. This I witnessed last year when I took my teens to the public pool and payed $3.00 per person. The last straw was when they yelled to one another using the “N” word. When I asked for my money back I was told to live with it, it is their pool too! Sooooooooooooo ………… build them their own pool camp dude or run a sprinkler. Better yet, include the cost in your request to Nobama for ACORN taxpayer funds. “It’s their pool too!!”

31 posted on 07/13/2009 2:13:22 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: FreepShop1
65 kids was far too many for that pool. Why are they backing down? It’s obvious the kids misbehaved. There is no reason to cave to race pimps.

Uh.. They ARE race pimps. Liberal Democrat Ubama supporters, in fact.
See posts #8, #22, #29, and #31.

Let these politically correct scumbags wring their hands raw. I hope they get sued into oblivion.

32 posted on 07/13/2009 2:18:18 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

It happened not long ago at one of the 3 “white” pools in the town where I live. A member who coached a little league team got permission to have the end of season party at the club.
The team had a couple black players and the brouhaha was amazing. I asked my husband “did they drain and refill the pool?” For heaven’s sake these were 2 children.

BTW. This is not a Republican area. I live in a small town in NC. where Republicans are few and far between. This is Democrat territory and this is Democrat racism.
The one time I took my son to the public pool after we moved here, we decided we would not be going back. Funny thing is the racists there were black and they would also be Dems. I learned you either join a private club, get your own pool, go to the lake or ocean or don’t swim.


33 posted on 07/13/2009 2:30:54 PM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Lancey Howard

They are screwed, and it will be fun to watch them squirm. The black kids are going to own this pool, but first the racists at the pool will be forced to do a super good butt kissing grovel. Could not happen to a nicely bunch of folks.


34 posted on 07/13/2009 2:37:09 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: jpsb
They are screwed, and it will be fun to watch them squirm. The black kids are going to own this pool, but first the racists at the pool will be forced to do a super good butt kissing grovel. Could not happen to a nicely bunch of folks.

I wonder what that club's insurance carrier thinks about all this....
LMBO!!!

35 posted on 07/13/2009 2:41:34 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
The people that run this pool are IDIOTS, maybe even Darwin award winners. First some “feel good” idiot signed them up for a weekly membership without doing ANY CHECKING. Then when the kids show up they get booted because "they changed the complexion of the pool". Changed the complexion? lol, you are so screwed Mr Smart Guy Liberal. Then instead of realizing just how badly they screwed over the PC princess of goodness. They offered a refund of the measly 1900 bucks the kids paid. When what they should have done is got down on there knees puckered up and said where and tell me when to stop.

Well liberal really are that stupid. No, Republican, even the dumbest of the dumb Republican would ever be as stupid as these smart ACLU card carrying liberal. I am loving this story.

36 posted on 07/13/2009 2:55:09 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: Free ThinkerNY

bump


37 posted on 07/13/2009 5:07:04 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: TexasRepublic

I can take just about any type of music, but I can’t tolerate music with filthy obscene lyrics.


38 posted on 07/13/2009 5:34:08 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think the kids should swim there. The swim club made the deal and took the money.

Case closed. If the swim members don’t like it, they can take it up with the clubm or cancle their membership.


39 posted on 07/13/2009 5:39:22 PM PDT by dforest (Anyone dumb enough to have voted for him deserves what they get.. No Pity!)
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To: Lancey Howard

let’s step back and ask how this situation came to pass.

The sewer known as Philadelphia has been under Liberal Democrat control for 60 or 70 years. Because of their mismanagement, poor decisions, patronage, kowtowing to unions, the city is FOREVER short of money. One of the victims of this cash crunch are city run public pools. Almost all of them have been closed. This entire episode has its genesis in Liberal Democrat FAILURE.

The ugly truth about liberal ELITIST’s is they want to do something to make themselves feel better. This guilt complex only extends as far as the city limits. Rich, white, guilt ridden Liberals sensitivity to the underclass comes to a grinding halt when it encroaches on neighborhoods, schools, and swim clubs. I’ll just chalk it up to hating “the CHILDREN”.


40 posted on 07/14/2009 6:21:34 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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