“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 next day the club told the camp director that the camp’s membership was being suspended and their money would be refunded.
“I said, ‘The parents don’t want the refund. They want a place for their children to swim,’” camp director Aetha Wright said.
Campers remain unsure why they’re no longer welcome.
“They just kicked us out. And we were about to go. Had our swim things and everything,” said camper Simer Burwell.
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.
While the parents await an apology, the camp is scrambling to find a new place for the kids to beat the summer heat. (Source)
You want to be a racist son of a bitch to me…cool. You want to tell me that you don’t allow us “darkies” into your pool, “dirting” up your pristine water…fine. I can take that, I’m an adult. I’ve reached the point where racist fucktards don’t really bother me personally anymore. I see them for the ignorant ass twits they are. But leave the kids out of it. There’s no reason for the younger generation to be raised on the same hate and ignorance that you have.
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’m actually amazed that they were this bold. Usually racist ass individuals like this are too cowardly to be this damn bold with their racism. But to actually send a statement that says you thought the children would change the “complexion” of the club? Being black isn’t contagious. Your kids wouldn’t contract reverse vitiligo and suddenly get darker after sharing a pool with some black kids. WTF. Are we living in 2009 or 1909?
And to those that say the inevitable: “It’s a private club, they can do what they want.” That is true. They are private so they can do whatever the hell they want. But that also means that I can tell everyone that listens that they are racist as fuck.