I'm sorry, what? – Black Kids kicked out of pool for…being black?
I won’t lie to you folks. I’m sort of in shock.
“More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason.
“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
…”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.”
Um, I’m sorry what?
I can’t possibly imagine this story is being reported accurately. Not because I believe that this type of thought can’t possibly exist or that this sort of racism has gone the way of the DoDo, but why would you think you could say this out loud? Lets say you HATED young Negroes in your pool being all, Negro-ey singing their Ship-Shop, Rock Flop, Blip Bop music – why would you think that it would be reasonable to possibly ever say it?
Could John Duesler have thought the best terminolgy for this situation would be “change the complexion?” I can’t believe I’m writing about this. I was born ’78. I’m not supposed to write about White’s only pools. I’m supposed to write about the subtle racsim one finds in corporate America or perhaps while being followed in a department store.
I’ve never wished someone peed in a pool more than right now. Please, oh PLEASE let one of those young Black kids have had the quick thought “Are you kicking me out of this pool because I’m black? R. KELLY TIME.”
Source: NBC Philadelphia