Pool Boots Kids Who Might “Change the Complexion”

Somebody pinch me. Is it 2009 or 1959? I’m just wondering after reading this article. No “minorities”, huh?  From NBC in Philly:

“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 response from the club was…sad [horrible, actually]

“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.

Atmosphere…I agree.  Complexion, that too, but he is crazy to admit it to a news outlet.  I mean, hide your racism.  Don’t you know how?

Again I say…this is NOT a post-racial America.


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13 responses to “Pool Boots Kids Who Might “Change the Complexion”

  1. Further information for those who, like me, wish to write to these a**clowns to remind them of a little thing called “The Civil Rights Act of 1963”:

    John Duesler (obviously a misprint; surely his name is actually spelled “douchebag”), President
    The Valley Swim Club
    22 Tomlinson Road
    Huntington Valley, PA 19006


    Reminds me of the time (1990) when I (white) was being driven home by my best friend’s (white) boyfriend, Jerry (black) along route I-95. Delaware State Cop (white) pulls us over, shines the light past Jerry over to me, and asks me if “the driver was bothering you, ma’am. Do you need help, ma’am? He’s not holding you against your will, is he?” I assured him that Jerry, who had a Master’s degree in Spanish, worked as a high school Spanish teacher, and worked a second job at the local Radio Shack, and who happened to be wearing a suit and tie at the moment (I just mention that in passing) was not trying to rape me, kidnap me, molest me, or harm me in any way. The cop looked dubious.

    Just 2 months previously, Jerry and Pam had been kissing good night in a parking lot at 2:00 a.m. A New Castle, Delaware cop (white) pulls up, PULLS A GUN ON JERRY, cocks it, and tells Jerry to step away from the lady. Pam tells the cop, “He’s my boyfriend! Don’t shoot!” The next day, the 3 of us went to the cop’s police barracks, where we complained to his sergeant. His response was, “Well, what do you expect, dating a black guy?” Our stop after that was the NAACP.

    And don’t get me started about the time our mixed race party of 6 tried to get served at a Denny’s in 1991 …

  2. Just loathsome. And illegal. I hope the response to this story is every other swimming club in Philly offering there services (I’m not expecting that, but it would be nice).

  3. NikNak

    Not only do I have a natural distaste for pools in general (I think they are nothing more than a Petri dish of germs), but actions such as these encourages my intense dislike for them. On multiple occasions, I have experienced the very same thing when it comes to the pools and country clubs. In fact, I traveled to West Virginia with my kids to attend a track meet. We went to the indoor hotel pool, which at the time was populated with majority white people. The moment my kids put their BIG TOE into the pool, the adults in the pool immediately got out and tried to scurry up the kids as quickly as possible!!! As if my children’s toes would make the water turn into black acid.

    Needless to say, I was disgusted. The actions of the Valley Swim Club are very much common – ridiculous, but it happens. What’s amazing is each time I read, witness or experience this treatment; it’s usually adults displaying their “ignorance” in front of their children whom are confused as to why they have to immediately vanish simply because a someone, regardless of their skin color, has arrived. Children are amazing in the fact that they see beyond the ignorance that has plagued this society.

    As someone mentioned earlier, we are NOT in a post-racial America – even if our President is Black!

  4. Tamorra B

    I live in Philly.
    Hate to break it to ya folks, but that whole “Brotherly Love” thing? Yeah, its BS.
    Nothing will happen to that bigot or his club. Heck, the day camp is lucky they got their money back. SMDH

  5. terry sing

    you negro folk are hilarious

  6. Sheila Knight

    They were refering to a dermatological problem. One of the persons involved had untreated open wounds.

    The people who run the camp were getting regular dermatological care and ignoring the health problems of the people in the camp letting the wounds fester.

    No one, black, white, or green, wants someone with open wounds in the pool.

    Further, the people attending the camp are people with special needs. I recall when I was young a youngster with epilepsy was sent to camp and died, drowned, during a swimming incident. I think the Olympic size pool was inappropriate for a camp of people with special needs who should be accomodated in pools where physical therapists can keep and eye on them.

  7. Flying V

    I am tired of our people whining about being put down by the white devil. If we spent more time educating our people and stop trying play the race card maybe due respect will be given to us.
    When I was a kid we had our own pools before we had rights. Social services,drugs and low morality has turned a proud people into beggars. If they don’t want us swimming at their private pools then we should organize and build our own.
    The civil rights act gave us a level playing field as far as the public sector but held up rights for private organizations.
    Title II of the act states:
    Outlawed discrimination in hotels, motels, restaurants, theaters, and all other public accommodations engaged in interstate commerce; exempted private clubs without defining the term “private.”

  8. Isome

    Flying V & Shelia Knight are being ridiculous, and I highly doubt Flying V shares my ethnicity.

    They were NOT special needs children w/open wounds, as Shelia Knight alleges. That is a clumsy lie befitting a fool.

    The quotes from the manager of the club referring to “too many kids” changing the “complexion” of the pool is an absolute indication of their true motive to rid themselves of Black people at the club. The outrage expressed by those opposed to such naked prejudice is righteous.

    Flying V misconstrues that righteous indignation as people of African descent “playing the race card,” which is a perverted phrase invented by non-blacks to deflect attention from their complicity (through acquiescence and willful ignorance) in both overt and covert racism. Clearly he/she is here to send ‘white messages’ while masquerading in Black face.

    Flying V goes on to cite a portion Title II of the Civil Rights Act, while ignoring the pertinent part of the Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000a(e), which states:

    “The provisions of this title shall not apply to a private club or other establishment NOT IN FACT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC… ”

    There was a signed contract w/the Camp and the Club advertises an OPEN membership!

    Flying V then says: “If they don’t want us swimming at their private pools then we should organize and build our own.”

    Vertical building is a wonderful thing and indeed people of African descent should employ it diligently, but we do not. However, I suspect that if a Black person or persons of means built a club and refused membership to non-blacks there would be a deafening hue & cry from people like Flying V chastising “our” people for their racism. In fact, I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that Flying V and those of like mind would lead the way in demonizing the Blacks Only club owners and expressing their sorrow & sympathy for the non-blacks who tried to make use of its facilities.

  9. Flying V

    I am not going to let you take away my freedom of having a different opinion about where we should be as a people in the 21st century. I was born black and last time I looked still black, so don’t go there.
    I went to camps in Pennsylvania sponsored by the Salvation Army and Boys Club for city youths. We never had any problems because they were well organized and the camps knew that we were all black. They had public pools back then but going to camp in the country was memorable.
    So how you can right things without using the government ? Organize. That’s why I said what I said. Too much time is spenting whining while you see other ethnic groups moving forward and up socially. If we can elect a black president a pool should be an easier challenge.
    I’m not here to debate you or win an arguement. Hello Negro is a good blog and I added my opinion. Everyone is not of the same mindset so relax.

  10. Live Free Or Die

    Dr John G. Duesler was a big Obama Supporter.Don’t you just hate it when the guilt-ridden white elite liberal shows their true nature? http.//www.plaxo.com/directory/profile/47244780962/ef517ae3/john/duesler A lot of his stuff has been scrubbed already from the net.

  11. TheSubstance

    Terri Sing – Glad your enjoying “us negroes”. But seriously, or maybe not… Sheila Knight, who in their right mind would believe that a person with “open wounds” would get into the highly chlorinated water of a pool and live to tell it???? The pain alone… Anyway. Hello Negros (had to say it!!!) we know where we live, and hopefully some of our history. Laws don’t change peoples hearts, only God can do that. In the mean time we need to press. Know who you are, and who’s you are. Peace

  12. an average guy

    Just an interesting question .. what if I do not WANT to hang out with black people (or white, asian, hispanic people) when I am off work. It’s a little presumptuous of the government to force it on people. The government can write laws to stop open discriminatiuon but cannot change how people feel. Forcing yourself on someone else is just going to make it that more difficult to accept.

  13. ClaireTinBuffalo

    Well, Average Guy, the solution to not sharing a pool with people you object to is to buy one of those 12-foot pop-up pools and invite the persons of your choice over. KMart sells them for about $100. Otherwise, if the person wanting into the private pool can pay the fee, then let ’em in. Otherwise, you’re discriminating.

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