Justice Department Sues Club After Black, Hispanic Children Were Denied

The Justice Department is suing a suburban Philadelphia swim club alleging race bias after black and Hispanic day campers were barred from the club.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday charges that the Valley Club of Huntingdon Valley engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination.

Club officials have said race had nothing to do with the ousting of the mostly black and Hispanic children from Philadelphia last summer.

They say there were too many children for the lifeguards on duty, and that many of the campers couldn't swim.

But the Justice Department says that racial hostility prompted club members to ban the children from the Creative Steps camp.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    I used to work for these types of camps and while I can't say for sure this was about racism, it sure sounds that way. When speaking to the camp director to plan out the field trip for the children to go anywhere, the camp director tells the manager or whoever is in charge, how many people will be there. That includes the children, the camp's employees, and other volunteers for the day. There shouldn't have been any reason for these children to be turned away if the trip was planned out in advance, and the club admitted that they invited the group. They knew how many children would be showing up. Usually, these places close the pool or limit the number of people to go in due to the fact that they're expecting a large group of prepaid people! This just sounds fishy to me that they denied this group of children when they showed up and tried to deny that they didn't know how many were coming. The camp only takes so many children at a time, so it's not like they added unexpected kids.
  • by Ernest Location: NC on Jan 17, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    I find it quite interesting that there was not enough life guards on duty. I was under the impression, being it was a day camp the club would have scheduled a particular time and would have known the number of childred that would be attending the pool. Anyway, I'm sure with better organization and time management this would not have been a problem, because extra help could have been in place to facilitate the children. Furthermore money was taken and services should have been rendered, even if they had to break the large group into smaller, more managable groups in order that the children would not have to be offended nor be the offenders.
  • by boris Location: mhc on Jan 17, 2010 at 01:25 PM
    you would think all these "civil rights advocates" who also have "reverand in front of their name would remember the 10th commandment. "Though shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor." Its is not about protecting people anymore, its about money and some skewed view of getting even. If you want something, earn it and pass on what you can to your children. How does the saying go? Hate the game, not the Playa............... word
  • by Too Many In The Pool Location: Kinston on Jan 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    To Citizen: The people who showed up with the dozen kids at my neighborhood pool had also paid their membership fees to use the pool. That's not the point though. They showed up with large group of kids that the pool manager could not accommodate due to safety risks for all involved. A large group of children is much different than adults in a pool. Mark my word, this isn't the last we'll hear about these types of situations. If this happens again, people will be reluctant to use their best judgment for fear of appearing politically incorrect. Large groups of children will be allowed in pools without adequate supervision and there will be severe accidents and even death from drowning as a result. Then people will complain that they shouldn't of been allowed in the pool knowing they couldn't be properly surpervised. It's a no win situation.
  • by Dean Location: Leggett on Jan 17, 2010 at 09:51 AM
    if I remember correctly when this story came out,the groups brought more children than originally expected and a lot of the visiting kids were playing rough and the staff were unable to handle the visiting kids thats why they were asked to leave and money was reimbersed.
  • by LW Location: GREENVILLE on Jan 17, 2010 at 08:24 AM
    This does go on. I seen this with my own eyes at and ball field when walking for cancer.We were at our tent and there was all diff, colors at our tent with there kids. Then one kid came up and told his mom that the man would NOT sell him a Funnel cake and said the boy before him got one. So we watched and then the guy was not selling funnels cakes to little blacks kids . He said he was out. We reported this creep to the right people but I was shocked that this old F&*T could be getting away with this.Just remember , it could be your kid this could have been done to. As and parent I was mad as you know what. I would be angry if and old black man refused to sell funnel cake to my kids because he was white. I wanted to take his butt out behind the park and "wake him up" to what this does to little kids.
  • by hope Location: NC on Jan 17, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    TO citizen, You are right about people that discriminate & we ALL do it. You don't have to be black or latino or white to be discriminated against. Personally, I do not want to be where I am not welcome. As far as the club goes. There simply were too many kids for them to handle that day. Surely you can understand that. I have a pool & didn't want MY OWN KIDS in it when I was. (They splashed too much for me.) Yes, there probably was one that didn't want them there that day, & you know what, there ALWAYS will be. One learns when to fight the battles as sometimes it's just not worth the effort. When confronted with ignorance & bigotry one could simply look down theIR nose at the offending party & move on. Yes, it is particularly sad when children are the offended party, YET it is a lesson that must be learned by ALL. Lastly, I am SINCERELY sorry for your personal suffrage. Maybe you could talk with someone about it. I really think it would help you. Therapy is GREAT!! Have a nice day!
  • by baby boy Location: nash county on Jan 17, 2010 at 04:06 AM
    with all of this crime taking place in America people are still being discriminated against for whatever the reasons instead of working together. when you lack organizational skills and have poor management.thing like this are going to happen if you look out into the pool and see that it's over-crowed put a sign up pool closed today due to accommodations. don't take my money and then tell me that i can't swim or whatever the reason my be then once you are investigated issue a form of apologize 0 WE RETURN THE MONEY BACK AND WE DIDN'T KNOW HOW MANY CAMPERS YOU HAD WE DON.T DISCRIMINATE WE WILL LOOK INTO THIS TO AVOID THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN sure you are this is probably not the first time your company done this just this time you were called on the situation so next time just put up a sign members only it will save you some time and trouble don't feel bad kids just a few years ago tiger woods were denied entrance to play in a golf tournament at a particular club
  • by citizen Location: winterville on Jan 16, 2010 at 07:08 PM
    The original story posted stated that the children were already at the club when they were denied entrance, they had already paid the money and where not told that they could not accommodate the children. Of course someone who has never been discriminated for being black or Hispanic would make jokes, but this particular situation involved children and its hard to explain to a child why people hate them because of the color of their skin. Many minorities have been discriminated against for years and that is why there are organizations to handle such foolishness. We should all be treated equal, until then this organizations will continue to sue for justice.
  • by Too Many In The Pool Location: Kinston on Jan 16, 2010 at 06:58 PM
    The neighborhood I used to live in had a pool that was open to the public. I remember one hot summer day when some people showed up with about a dozen kids. They were having a birthday party for one of the kids, so they decided to take them swimming. The pool was packed that day. The pool manager told them they couldn't stay because the pool was full to capacity. Guess what folks? All of these kids were white...every single one of them. I guess they should of run to the local news stations and cried racism, huh? Afterall, the issue had to of been about their skin color, right? Some things, (like safety) are just common sense. People need to get over blaming racism for everything that doesn't go their way.
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