Welcome to 1953 everybody!
From NBC Philadelphia:
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.
The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers’ first visit to the pool suggested otherwise.
“When the minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool,” Horace Gibson, parent of a day camp child, wrote in an email. “The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately” …
The explanation they got was either dishearteningly honest or poorly worded.
“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.
I wanted to believe this story was a hoax. Honestly I did because … why? “Complexion?” Really?
Want to complain? Well … THEIR CONTACT PAGE IS DOWN (curious), but JJP was kind enough to record their information for prosperity.
The Valley Club, 22 Tomlinson Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006, 215-947-0700, email: email@example.com.