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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:46 PM
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Remember the Black Campers Kicked out of Club Pool-PA rules Racially Motivated
The Ruling: http://media.nbclocalmedia.com/documents/Valley+Swim+Cl...

Race was a factor in the banning of 56 minority students from the Valley Swim Club in late June, according to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC).

The state board ruled late Tuesday there was probable cause that the private Huntington Valley, Pa. organization "refused and denied" the campers' ability to use the facilities "due to the child's race."

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In a 33-page affidavit, the commission details a previously unknown confrontation between a woman who made racial comments about the children and the camp's director.

Club member Michelle Flynn and Creative Steps director Alethea Wright had a heated argument after Flynn asked another club member "What are all of these black kids doing here?" She continued: "I am scared they might do something to my child and they might steal some of my stuff," according to documents.

Flynn and Deborah Mindel, both elementary school teachers, said she knew several of the children from her school and alleged that one had stolen a cell phone before. The PHRC found no evidence that the incident had previously occurred at the school, according to Mildenberg.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking/State-Rule...

In one e-mail to another Valley Club official, board member George Whitehill wrote, "Race is an issue since every e-mail of complaint mentioned race, although stating that, race had nothing to do with the complaint. It only takes one out of the 120 parents to make this an issue, and at no cost to them."

The Human Relations Commission report said the club had 155 paid membership in 2009 and 179 in 2008, none held by an African-American.

Additionally, the report noted that when Valley Club tried in 2009 to expand its membership by recruiting in areas outside its township - Lower Moreland, which has a 0.8 percent black population - mailouts were "mainly directed at areas with overwhelmingly Caucasian populations" including Rhawnhurst, Fox Chase and Churchville.

The more-diverse townships of Cheltenham and Abington, like other nearby areas with "significant African-American populations," the report says, were passed over.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20090922_Sta...
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:50 PM
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1. Oh yes, I remember..bad day for
The Valley Club. Perfect Storm for getting your racism exposed to the world.
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:51 PM
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2. I'd put this on the front of CNN news if I could. The Valley Club deserves to be discredited. nt
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:58 PM
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3. BREAKING NEWS ON FOX!
:sarcasm:

Like THAT would ever happen.

Now if it was a bunch of pretty blond WHITE girls kicked out of a primarily BLACK pool, they would have Geraldo doing live 24x7 reporting from Aruba!
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:00 PM
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6. (trying to wrap my head around what fox would say in that situation)
:rofl:
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Chisox08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:12 PM
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8. Breaking on Fixed Noise
Is Obama a racist? 57 White campers was kicked out of a all Black Acorn sponsored pool. When we requested an interview the commie socialist secret muslims told us to fuck off. They like Obama hate America and real Americans.
Glen Beck (crying): You see ever since this Kenyan who still hasn't shown his birth certificate, Obama stole the office from it's rightful winner McCain those people has openly shown how much they hate White people and white culture. I still haven't heard word from Obama's I Hate White People Czar. (More Crying)
:sarcasm:
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burning rain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 01:45 AM
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11. That might happen if black *women* had their druthers.
"Stealing our men!"
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:59 PM
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4. Everybody knew it. Many lied about it.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:00 PM
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5. i figured the kids would win the first round...
on to the rest of the fight...
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DebbieCDC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:03 PM
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7. I remember this well
Good smackdown from the PHRC.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 01:15 AM
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9. Odd - I haven't noticed the "it's not racism" people here. Maybe this thread is a dupe.
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 09:15 AM
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12. I've waiting for the Swim Club apologists to show up
We had a few here on DU when story originally posted.
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davidpdx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 01:32 AM
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10. I remember this as well as it wasn't too long ago
It is great that the commission issued the report, but it would be nice to see something actually become of it. For starters, all the members who made such comments, the club immediately cancels their membership. On the other hand, it seems like they don't want to make an effort anyway. I've got to wonder if anything is going to come of this.
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 09:18 AM
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13. CNN has picked up the story on web
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"It's an invitation to sit down with our staff and have the parties settle their differences," said Stephen Glassman, chairman of the commission, of the 33-page decision. "If they don't, it will go on to a public hearing, a trial."

He said the Valley Swim Club has 30 days to appeal.

Joe Tucker, a lawyer for the swim club, said his client will do just that. "We believe this is wrong," he told CNN in a telephone interview.

"I believe the people at the PHRC are very good people, but they were put in a tough position ... If the PHRC would have decided against the children or in favor of the club, they would have been painted with the same unfair and untrue racist brush that the Valley Swim Club was painted with."

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/09/23/pennsylvania.swim.raci...
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 09:26 AM
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14. "The decision noted that none of the club's 155 paid members this year was African-American."
Last year, according to the decision, there were "179 paid memberships, none of whom were African American."

Go figure.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/09/23/pennsylvania.swim.raci...
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