Update: Swim Club Accused Of Racism

A second day camp whose children were turned away by a Philadelphia-area swim club later accused of racism says its group was treated well.

Joanne Rosenthal of the Storybook Children's Center in northeast Philadelphia said Friday she believed The Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley when it says her group was turned away because of crowding.

Another camp, Creative Steps, had arranged for 65 mostly black and Hispanic children to swim there. Director Alethea Wright says some children reported hearing racial comments and the camp's money was refunded a few days later.

The club says it couldn't accommodate so many children. Rosenthal says at least half her group of about 25 were minorities.



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A suburban Philadelphia swim club accused of kicking out a group of minority children visiting from the city denies any racial discrimination.

The Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley says accusations of racism toward the Creative Steps day camp are untrue. It says it was overcrowded and returned funds to more than one camp.

Creative Steps director Alethea Wright says the camp paid for weekly swim time at the gated club, which is in a village that straddles two townships with overwhelmingly white populations. But she says on June 29 some of the children said they heard people asking what "black kids" were doing there.

The club says any comments that may or may not have been made by members aren't shared by its board.

Black Olympic gold medalist swimmer Cullen Jones says "hearing about what's happened to these 65 kids is both disturbing and appalling."


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  • by Mark Location: Bath on Jul 16, 2009 at 02:42 AM
    First of all, it sounds like a paranoid "African-American" taking care of those kids. Overcrowding is overcrowding. Doing what is best and safest for the children and then being accused of racism is absurd. And if "black kids" is a racist remark, then so is "Black Olympic Gold Medalist". This country needs to get over being overly sensitive and too easily offended every time race is mentioned. Black Americans used to want to be called Negroes, then they preferred "colored" (NAACP), then they preferred "black", and now it's "African-American." As soon as white peole start to address them as African-American's, it seems that they'll change, once again, what they want to be called. How about Americans? That's what all of us that were born here really are. Why isn't that good enough? This whole story is ridiculous.
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:19 AM
    This article was a dream come true for WITN. I really believe this news agency is trying to completely destroy any chance there might ever be of racial harmony in Greenville. This blurb of "news" amounts to nothing and was placed on this site to cause controversy. STOP FALLING FOR IT!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:15 AM
    The Looney Tune Congress is getting ready to put a Hispanic female in the Supreme Court after she has repeatedly made racist remarks about "white men". So what exactly is anyones gripe about when racism is at the highest level of government? Is Ms. Jones now going to apologize to the club for her presumptuous remark?
  • by Mr. Rite Location: Choco on Jul 13, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    One question...Why can blacks have an all black whatever or anything and thats supposed to be alright, but if whites try to have an all white whatever its racism???? Any answers???
  • by to all Location: biker club on Jul 11, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    we are a local club that is trying to keep the peace. i was on 10th street yesterday when i heard a blk guy say did you here about all the racism going on. i said no he said log on to witn and mt thoughts are wow! so im calling some friends to reach out to people in all areas pitt,martin,green,etc to ride down the main streets and stop the violence. look im a black guy and enough is enough we have black guys in the barber shop talking about haveing race wars thats crazy, please people grow up on both sides. i read some comments up here and was amaze. please stop this because this is going to stir up violence. well we are talking to the town and trying to get up to 700 bikers from the area to reach out to the community. this racism on both sides need to come to a stop before there will be blood on the streets, its going to be hard to go to wal-mart,grocery stores,retail stores because alot of people is talking all about witn racist.
  • by Valentino Location: NC on Jul 11, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    Ok I am a old Northern implant here, but I remember the days. When everybody wanted to look like Frank Sinatra,Sammy Davis Jr, or Dean Martin. Your shoes were shined,your tie had to be perfect to match your suit. Not one single hair was out of place. There were 6 bottles of after shave in you bathroom. You got respect by the way you acted and looked. Now I drive sometimes in Greenville,NC I see the way some of these young kids are dressed you would think it is Halloween everyday?
  • by C on Jul 11, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    This is the kind of manufactured conflict that Jackson and Sharpton live for. I personally am fed up with it. Anytime someone gets offended,they make it a racial issue if they can.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 10, 2009 at 09:43 PM
    Concerned Citizen and T, How do you figure that Blacks with degrees are treated like nobodies?Barack Obama, Condeleeza Rice,Colin Powell,and thousands of other Black doctors, lawyers,and other professionals are definitely not treated like "nobodies".As far as your average Thug on the street, how can they expect any respect when they act like they do in public?I mean being in "style" with their underwear showing, using filthy language in front of people that don't appreciate it,and just generally acting foolish.Act respectable if you want to be respected.If Obama walked out to address a audience with his pants halfway down on his thighs, his underwear pulled halfway up his chest, and a ball cap on and turned around backwards, or a do rag on his head,and a pair of huge tennis shoes on with the tongues handing out, just how much respect do you think he would get?Very little except maybe from the people that dress that way themselves.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 10, 2009 at 08:34 PM
    T, Obama has a degree. Is he treated like a nobody?Let me guess what you will say. It's because he's half White.
  • by Bubba Location: Dixie County, FL on Jul 10, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    Why is there a Black month,and no White month every year?
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