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Board members decided to close the private Huntington Valley, Pa. club for the day as it combats accusations of racism for booting 65 mostly minority day campers from its grounds without explanation late last month.
From a letter written by the club:
The Valley Club is deeply troubled by the recent allegations of racism, which are completely untrue.
We had originally agreed to invite the camps to use our facility, knowing full well that the children from the camps were from multi-ethnic backgrounds. Unfortunately, we quickly learned that we underestimated the capacity of our facilities and realized that we could not accommodate the number of children from these camps. All funds were returned to the camps and we will re-evaluate the issue at a later date to determine whether it can be feasible in the future.
Our Valley Club deplores discrimination in any form, as is evidenced by our multi-ethnic and diverse membership. Whatever comments may or may not have been made by an individual member is an opinion not shared by The Valley Club Board.
HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. – The head of a suburban Philadelphia swim club says safety, not racism, was the reason for the cancellation of the memberships of dozens of minority children.
John Duesler spoke to reporters Friday afternoon at the entrance to The Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley.
Duesler says there were too many children for the size of the pool and the available number of lifeguards. He says that it was "an unsafe situation" and that officials deeply regret the situation.
Creative Steps day camp had arranged for 65 mostly black and Hispanic children to swim each week. Director Alethea (ah-LEE'-thee-ah) Wright says children reported hearing racial comments shortly after they arrived.
She says the camp's money was refunded a few days later. The state is investigating the club's actions.
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Originally posted by TwinBee101
I remember a time when my white stepsister came home looking uneasy. She began to rant about how she was the only white person on the elevator and how uncomfortable she was. You see, white people love their comfort zone, who doesn't? It's just that whites are used to power in numbers. Take that away and you have some weak people. I remember thinking "why is she telling me this"? What you experienced for 1 minute, I experience 24/7. White people will never see it or admit to it if they do.
This shouldn't be black vs white, but right vs wrong. They were wrong for turning away 60 children just trying to be like everyone else and have fun. Racism will never end but that doesn't mean we can't do our best to expose it.
To the white people that say blacks just go around crying about racism. Being mixed and growing up in a white family gave me the unique experience of seeing just how privelaged white people are. It's a joke if you think you experience anything even close to what blacks and other minorities experience!
Originally posted by TwinBee101
Racism will never end but that doesn't mean we can't do our best to expose it.