Pa. swim club accused of racism to as...

Pa. swim club accused of racism to ask kids back

There are 63 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Jul 12, 2009, titled Pa. swim club accused of racism to ask kids back. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

A private suburban Philadelphia swim club accused of racism after it canceled the memberships of dozens of minority children says it will seek a meeting to work out an agreement for the kids to return.

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Since: Jan 09

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#53 Jul 14, 2009
AAA wrote:
Did anyone question the behavior of these children. Maybe they were being loud and disorderly. I know that this may come to a surprise to some people but maybe it was not "race". And if it was don't they have clubs for all black people?
Read the articles, there were NO incidents with the children. You may find this hard to believe, but inner city youth often have better manners and behaviors that priviledged, suburban youth.

Your bigotry and ignorance is on full display with comments like this.
Columbus Day

United States

#54 Jul 14, 2009
AAA wrote:
Did anyone question the behavior of these children. Maybe they were being loud and disorderly. I know that this may come to a surprise to some people but maybe it was not "race". And if it was don't they have clubs for all black people?
Hey racist, did you bother reading the articles about this. the children WERE ALL obedient are respectful. Maybe you should read the news instead of going to cross burnings

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#55 Jul 14, 2009
pwilson wrote:
<quoted text>In the return agreement, they talked about the number of kids they were allowed.
Funny how you don't hear from the group now. You only hear from "activists".
Who cares what the "return" agreement was, the club agreed to accept the camp and took their $1,950 dollars, cashed the check, and only after a disgusting display of bigotry and racism on behalf of some (not all, but some) of the members there, returned the money and told the camp the children were not welcome.

You can attempt to make excuses for the club all you want, the facts speak for themselves.

Not all members of the club should be painted with the same brush, but the club itself, through its actions, certainly made the situation worse and exposed a bias among the leadership of the club.

Why do you think they are NOW doubling back and trying to fix the situation? The leadership of the club knows its actions were indefensible and wrong, so they're in crisis management mode attempting to fix a public relations nightmare.
brittni

Philadelphia, PA

#56 Jul 14, 2009
pwilson wrote:
<quoted text>In the return agreement, they talked about the number of kids they were allowed.
Funny how you don't hear from the group now. You only hear from "activists".
You would think if it was a "private club" that they would already know the capacity for the pool. They already knew from the start how many children would be attending one day a week and if that was a problem then they should have never agreed to the contract in the first place they should have turned them away before they seen what color they were.
Too Simplistic

El Paso, TX

#57 Jul 14, 2009
Oh of course not lol! Nothing to do with race at all even when the white kids were saying "Why are those black kids here?" Denial is a state of mind, but I would prefer to create a real state for those of you who refuse to acknowledge its infiltration into the mentality of the lesser such as yourself. We could cage off a nice big area and dump your kind there. Animals like must be kept in a cage, you know. It is in the best interest of this nation. It's a safety issue.
AAA wrote:
Did anyone question the behavior of these children. Maybe they were being loud and disorderly. I know that this may come to a surprise to some people but maybe it was not "race". And if it was don't they have clubs for all black people?
FRANK

Gwynn Oak, MD

#58 Jul 14, 2009
Too Simplistic wrote:
Oh of course not lol! Nothing to do with race at all even when the white kids were saying "Why are those black kids here?" Denial is a state of mind, but I would prefer to create a real state for those of you who refuse to acknowledge its infiltration into the mentality of the lesser such as yourself. We could cage off a nice big area and dump your kind there. Animals like must be kept in a cage, you know. It is in the best interest of this nation. It's a safety issue.
<quoted text>
Let me assure you that there are stark realities that you may not have experienced, any of which would bring great dissappointment and concern, if you were.
what

Boiling Springs, PA

#60 Jul 14, 2009
AAA wrote:
Did anyone question the behavior of these children. Maybe they were being loud and disorderly. I know that this may come to a surprise to some people but maybe it was not "race". And if it was don't they have clubs for all black people?
Yes you're right kids always have behavior problems. loud and disorderly at a pool, good rich kids never behave that way in fact they never actually get in the water out of appreciation for their elders. Loud and disorderly, of course they were they're kids.
InfoX

United States

#62 Jul 14, 2009
hanover native wrote:
<quoted text>
First off your english sucks!!!
That person is a troll. He/She is not Hispanic. Just a trouble maker. He even signed in under a derogatory word used against gay individuals.
Watch Dawg

New York, NY

#63 Jul 14, 2009
Angelina wrote:
This may sound off topic to many people. but I have to tell you something that's bothering me for awhile. Watching Mr Obama walking hand in hand with his older daughter may me uncomfortable. if anything he should be walking hand in hand with his wife...! Please thank you very much...!
Not only are you Off Topic... you're sick! Why shouldn't a father hold hands with his daughter? The girl's only 11 years old. Even if she was 16, there's nothing wrong or bothersome about a father holding hands with his daughter while strolling. The mother had the younger daughters hand.

Obviously, President Obama is a very caring, loving and devoted father and husband. You should be asking yourself, why this bothers you and makes you uncomfortable. Perhaps you had an unhealthy, strained or non-existent relationship with you father?

Get a grip and stay ON topic with your posts.
marlin

Indianapolis, IN

#64 Jul 14, 2009
I have to wonder how caring he really is
if he thinks his daughters could have an
ABORTION(MURDER) if they thought they
needed one.
That is not the attitude of a caring and
loving man.
brittni

Philadelphia, PA

#65 Jul 14, 2009
marlin wrote:
I have to wonder how caring he really is
if he thinks his daughters could have an
ABORTION(MURDER) if they thought they
needed one.
That is not the attitude of a caring and
loving man.
This really has alot to do with the topic at hand and last I checked the headline said "PA. SWIM CLUB ACCUSED OF RACISM TO ASK KIDS BACK". Stay focused I understand that it is really hard to do but just try it for once.
marlin

Indianapolis, IN

#66 Jul 14, 2009
No can do....ADHD......your breath smells
like a fart!
Too Simplistic

El Paso, TX

#68 Jul 15, 2009
Let me assure you that the stark realities that others have been experiencing since coming in contact with segregationists has brought great disappointment in humanity as a whole.
FRANK wrote:
<quoted text>
Let me assure you that there are stark realities that you may not have experienced, any of which would bring great dissappointment and concern, if you were.
Too Simplistic

El Paso, TX

#69 Jul 15, 2009
What have you got against wet backs, eh? We that are indiginous to this continent have allowed and put up with those who have crossed oceans to get here just to be persecuted like your ancestors. We do not go around calling you guys wetbacks. In our eyes you are the wet backs. So, stop degrading yourself with the name calling.
hanover native wrote:
<quoted text>
First off your english sucks!!! It is because of your type that OUR AMERICA is in the condition that it is. Where I come from we don't put up with no wet backs period. Get the hell out of Texas and go back to your sinking arm pit of a country.
FRANK

Gwynn Oak, MD

#70 Jul 15, 2009
Too Simplistic wrote:
Let me assure you that the stark realities that others have been experiencing since coming in contact with segregationists has brought great disappointment in humanity as a whole.
<quoted text>
Everyone does not hate you or disrespect you or wish to be segregated from you. However, the lack of mutual respect will leave you in a dim light forever.
Too Simplistic

El Paso, TX

#72 Jul 15, 2009
In reality, I have respect for anyone who gives me and other humans the same. It's a give and take situation on both sides. I have great derision for those who feel superiority over others based on skin color, ethnicity, gender, language, etc. I find them to be a scourge upon ANY society, and I let them know it.
FRANK wrote:
<quoted text>
Everyone does not hate you or disrespect you or wish to be segregated from you. However, the lack of mutual respect will leave you in a dim light forever.
FRANK

Baltimore, MD

#73 Jul 15, 2009
Too Simplistic wrote:
In reality, I have respect for anyone who gives me and other humans the same. It's a give and take situation on both sides. I have great derision for those who feel superiority over others based on skin color, ethnicity, gender, language, etc. I find them to be a scourge upon ANY society, and I let them know it.
<quoted text>
Further examination will reveal to you and anyone that cares to learn, that most folks are not all that bothered by someone's race, ethniity, etc., but by their behavior. Painting with a broad brush is often convenient, but often sloppy with poor results.
Ella

San Antonio, TX

#74 Jul 15, 2009
FRANK wrote:
<quoted text>
Further examination will reveal to you and anyone that cares to learn, that most folks are not all that bothered by someone's race, ethniity, etc., but by their behavior. Painting with a broad brush is often convenient, but often sloppy with poor results.
Uh you east coasters have a different reality.

Ever been to the Midwest, such as Ok., Mo., etc.?

I remeber once my spouse explaining to several people actually about one of my twin son's dark eyes (not from me either). And his father explained that there was Mexican blood on his mothers side. The people will always pat my spouse on the back and say "well thats ok doc, Mexicans are people too. Its all right" I swear to this.

Racism is alive and well in America. Anyone who believs that racism and/or discrimination doesn't exist in the U.S. is a damn fool.
brittni

Philadelphia, PA

#75 Jul 15, 2009
Ella wrote:
<quoted text>
Uh you east coasters have a different reality.
Ever been to the Midwest, such as Ok., Mo., etc.?
I remeber once my spouse explaining to several people actually about one of my twin son's dark eyes (not from me either). And his father explained that there was Mexican blood on his mothers side. The people will always pat my spouse on the back and say "well thats ok doc, Mexicans are people too. Its all right" I swear to this.
Racism is alive and well in America. Anyone who believs that racism and/or discrimination doesn't exist in the U.S. is a damn fool.
Oh racism exists in America all over. It is just disgusting that parents criticize children about what color they are when no child has control over what color their skin is or eyes are or how tall or small they are. Adults should be ashamed of the nasty comments they say about children PERIOD!!!!
Too Simplistic

El Paso, TX

#76 Jul 15, 2009
Well, who and where are "most folks?" Is that not painting with a broad stroke? I assure you that there are pockets of this country where people are still unfriendly to those with "dark skin."
FRANK wrote:
<quoted text>
Further examination will reveal to you and anyone that cares to learn, that most folks are not all that bothered by someone's race, ethniity, etc., but by their behavior. Painting with a broad brush is often convenient, but often sloppy with poor results.

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