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“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 next day the club told the camp director that the camp’s membership was being suspended and their money would be refunded.
Since this story broke earlier today, another camp has stepped in and and offered their pool to the kids where their “complexion” would not be a problem (h/t @All About Race).
Today, almost fifty years later many tend to regard racial discrimination in public accommodations a relic of a bygone era.
Unfortunately, some white folks in Northeast Philadelphia failed to get the message (h/t @netwoman).
It’s summer time and kids across the land are looking for ways to cool off and have fun.
Many of them turn to swimming pools, like these kids (NBCPhiladelphia).
During Jim Crow segregation, prevalent in the North as well as in the South, racial integration in public accommodations such as swimming pools was prohibited both by law and, in many more places, by custom.
The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership.But the campers’ first visit to the pool suggested otherwise.More than 60 African American kids attending a day camp in Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club because of their race.Here’s the story from the local NBC affiliate: “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.