Our national complexion

It is a-changing.

So CJsDaddy linked to this depressing story about some black day camp kids who were refused admittance to a private club.  The day camp had contracted with the Valley Swim Club for use of its pool. However, the day after the camp’s first swim, the club canceled its membership:

“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.

In stepped Girard College, which offered its pool. It very nearly gives me faith in the human race. Yes it does.

Edited to add: The Valley Swim club has modified its website to read as follows:

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.

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