10 comments on “The VERY Shallow End of the Pool

  1. Well, this post certain has its share of Jon McWhorter, Juan Williams, and Shelby Steele vibes, but your points are well taken…especially about the element of Black Nationalism you seem to proport. I don’t agree with the idea that a change in black people’s behaviors will change anything, seeing as those racism is a taught and learned practice; but I do agree that there is little investment we put in our own communities. For this reason, the ones who do (and that INCLUDES Tyler Perry in the world of entertainment) who should be commended.

  2. 1) Sorry, you don’t get to do business with the public and claim that it’s “private property” at the same time. I thought all that was legally settled fifty years ago.

    2) Why is it that when a white person acts a fool, it’s an individual white person acting a fool, but when a Black person acts a fool, me, you and every other Negro on the planet has to pay penance for it? Somethin’s mighty wrong with that kind of thinking.

    3) Not only was what they did to a group of kids who were guilty of nothing more than wanting to go for a swim heartless and hateful, it was illegal. There is nothing that makes it understandable or justifiable. And we damn sure didn’t do all that

  3. I gotta agree with Malik on this. I’m not sure exactly where you’re trying to go with this one, Andre. Defending bigots is something I’d leave up to people in the GOP. This is the LAST place would’ve expected to see something like this.

  4. The ultimate in damage control:

    The Valley Club is deeply troubled by the recent allegations of racism which are completely untrue.

    We had originally agreed to invite the camps to use our facility, knowing full well that the children from the camps were from multi-ethnic backgrounds. Unfortunately, we quickly learned that we underestimated the capacity of our facilities and realized that we could not accommodate the number of children from these camps. All funds were returned to the camps and we will re-evaluate the issue at a later date to determine whether it can be feasible in the future.

    Our Valley Club deplores discrimination in any form, as is evidenced by our multi-ethnic and diverse membership. Whatever comments may or may not have been made by an individual member is an opinion not shared by The Valley Club Board.

    From http://www.thevalleyclub.com/

    Feeling a little heat, are we Valley?

  5. What a sad state of affairs , it sickens me that issues like this still exist, haven’t the human species learnt from all the hatred , bigotry ,cruelty and evil that has is webbed in our past , it tis time for all to get on the same page ! I guess I am wishful in my thinking but this should never happen , people are different , that’s what makes us beautiful ,interesting and unique , why people ever had a problem with that I will never know , I do not deny it happens/ed but can not wrap my brain around the inhumanity of it .

  6. here’s the rest of that story:

    Private school lends a hand
    Girard College, a private Philadelphia boarding school for children who live in low-income and single-parent homes, has offered to host the children for the summer, and a meeting was scheduled later Thursday to work out the details.

    “We had to help,” admissions director Tamara Leclair told WCAU, a NBC affiliate station. “Every child deserves an incredible summer camp experience.”

    The school already serves 500 campers but felt it could squeeze in 65 more, especially since its pool is unused on the day the Creative Steps group had planned to swim at Valley Swim Club.

    In another gesture of goodwill, the owners of Gumdrops & Sprinkles treated the kids to a free day of candy and ice cream-making, WCAU reported.

    sometimes i’m still amazed at the racism that still exists in this world. even though we’ve made much strides in that area, we’ve got a long ways to go. i hope they file suit against the pool.

  7. Unfortunately, rascism is still alive and well. I used to belong to one of those private clubs and instead of kicking the blacks out of the pool, they just got rid of the shallow end. (Ow, come on, ow, it’s was just a joke, ow, ow, O.K. I deserved that one ,Ow!)

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