Pa. Swim Club—Accused of Racial Discrimination—Agrees to Settlement

Khara Lewin, CNN, August 17, 2012

A now defunct suburban Philadelphia swim club has agreed to a settlement more than three years after being accused of racism and discrimination for denying children from a largely minority day-care center access to their facility, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Under the terms of the deal with the Justice Department and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Valley Club of Huntingdon Valley—which filed for bankruptcy in November 2009 and had its property sold for $1.46 million the following June—agreed to payouts to more than 50 children who were part of the Creative Steps Day Care Center, their counselors and Creative Steps itself.

The distributed money includes whatever “remaining assets” from the sale of the club’s property to Congregation Beth Solomon of northeast Philadelphia are leftover, once closing costs and associated fees have been covered, the Justice Department said Thursday in a press release.

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Creative Steps, a day-care center based out of northeast Philadelphia, had paid the Valley Club $1,950 in June of 2009 so its children could access its pool over the summer.

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But when the young day campers came to the club for the first time, “the children reported hearing racial slurs while enjoying the pool,” the Justice Department said Thursday.

Marcus Allen, who was 12 at the time and a camper with Creative Steps, recalled some club members asking, “Why are these black kids here? They might steal from us.”

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On July 3, 2009, “the club refunded the day camp’s membership fee and prohibited the children from returning to swim,” the Justice Department said.

The club later issued a response denying that race had anything to do with its decision to exclude the children, contending instead that “we underestimated the capacity of our facilities.”

Around that time, Wright repeatedly lambasted the club for its tepid response to the accusations and said the children in her care were “emotionally damaged” by the incident.

A few months later, in November 2009, the swim club filed for bankruptcy because of legal bills and liabilities tied to its decision to cancel swimming privileges for the day-camp children. The following January, the U.S. Justice Department opened its investigation into the racial discrimination allegations.

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[Editor’s Note: Previous stories about the Valley Club of Huntingdon Valley can be read here, here, and here.]

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  • Easyrhino1

    This is an example of Obama’s goal of “redistributive change” in action.

  • TomIron361

    The problem began when the “Creative Steps” outfit showed up with many more children than they said they were going to bring and then because none of them could swim, they all had to stay in the shallow end of the pool, thus pushing out the regular club members. That’s why they were told not to come back.

    In the case of the club, they should have known not to allow the Creative Steps group to come in the first place. Someone on their board should have had sense enough to just say sorry, we can’t accomadate your group. It’s not like they’re hicks or anything. I’m sure many/most of their members are well aware of how blacks act because of their proximity to Philadelphia.

  • Ever see a pool too many black kids swim in daily?

    You can’t see the bottom clearly. They are f’n filthy.

    • I don’t get why their ‘hair’ doesn’t get wet.  I bet if they did a urine test in the water, the nig’s pool would be around 50%.

  • hey

    I was in Orlando two years ago at a hotel where there were 13 African Americans in a hot tub at one time. The rules stated, ” no more than 6 people in the hot tub at one time.”  The next day, the hotel drained the hot tub. 

    • 1proactive2

      As blacks truly believe, rules do not apply to them.  Confront them and violence will almost always result, just before their lawsuit. 

      • Anonymous

        This is exactly why blacks complain about being incarcerated.  They think they are free to harm, steal, rape and terrorize others without any fear of punishment.  This behavior that they mentioned is why the South had segregation.

  • The__Bobster

    Here is the final indignity: the club members will undergo diversity training and be forced to interact with the thugs-in-training….and their own money will fund this crap.

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/08/16/u-s-justice-department-settlement-reached-in-valley-swim-club-discrimination-case/

    Additionally, the settlement provides that $65,000 will be set aside from the proceeds of the sale of the Valley Club’s property for the creation of a leadership council that comprises former Valley Club members, Creative Steps counselors, campers and their families. The children and families affected by the Valley Club incident will take leadership roles in planning swimming, educational and recreational opportunities for the community.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       ““This settlement provides significant opportunity to children who were
      denied an opportunity based on their skin color,” said JoAnn Edwards,
      the executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.  
      “Our hope is that this case serves as prevention for years to come and a
       reminder that discrimination is illegal, and has no place in
      Pennsylvania.””

      I was denied many things as both a child and an adult because of my white skin color. When will I get reparations?

       

  • MLK III said  “There was a theme park in Atlanta called Fun Town. Whenever we drove past it we would always say we wanted to go in, and Daddy would say, ‘Well, you can’t’. One of the most incredible days we had together was the day when blacks were finally allowed to go to Fun Town”
    Now, in 2012 America, Funtown is closed for all children.

    • Church_of_Jed

      Now, White children are taught that it is “fun” to surround themselves with Diversity and that surrendering their racist unearned White privilege is the key to happiness.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Daily fix for all you stereotype junkies out there-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=cfgYxsxH3YM

    Also called “earning my Continuing Education credits to keep my N’ggrology Certification current”.

  • You pay for a membership so that you can be free from all the hustle and bustle that always comes with free pools but since the children were non-white and the members were White, the members were not entitled to receive what they paid for which was a clean, quiet and orderly pool complete with clean, quiet and orderly members.

    I know the daycare paid but that isn’t supposed to be reason enough to make exceptions for them and it should be noted, when White Members acted up, they got kicked out.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    There are two versions to every media story:  

    1. The CNN, selective, black-centric version:

    One child claims to have overhead a parent say: ‘Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?’ ‘I’m scared they might do something to my child.’ A parent of one of the kids claimed:’The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately.’

    The Facts:

    Alethea Wright, the camp’s executive director admits the kids were allowed to stay for their entire session and were not made to leave early. She also states that she heard no racially charged comments.

     What is being ignored is that Valley Swim Club President John Duesler wanted the group to stay and according to Mrs. Wright said ‘Miss Wright, I truly apologize, I’m so embarrassed, but the membership has overthrown me in votes and you’re not going to be able to come back to the club.’

    He said it was the membership that overruled the new experiment of allowing day camps to use the private facility and that other camps were canceled as well, not just the one in question.

    The swim club should have NEVER admitted summer camps from anywhere in the first place.   Of course club members were going to complain after paying a fortune in dues only to see busloads of kids come in and crowd into the pool.  All of this was compounded when the agreements with the camps were canceled.

    Another incident where race hustlers moved in (especially the Justice Dept.), injected race into the issue, looked for (and received) a large settlement.

    Nothing new here.
    Bon

    • In other words, simply another case of the, gibs me dat, ghetto lottery.

  • If I ran that swim club, I would have charged a $100 deposit per swimmer per day, refunded at the end of that day’s session, (provided that the swimmer didn’t rape/beat anyone)

  • The funny thing is that now they filed for bankruptcy and have been sold, the nig’s won’t see a dime of that money.  Ha ha ha ha!

  • Sloppo

    A friend of mine was forced to get diversity training because he fired a black woman who went around exposing her breasts to show other employees (guys) her boob job.  I understand they guys were white, married and uninterested in her anatomy, but apparently firing a black person is perilous no matter the reason.  For some reason I don’t think the training made him want to start donating to Jessie Jackson’s rainbow coalition.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    ““This settlement provides significant opportunity to children who were
    denied an opportunity based on their skin color,” said JoAnn Edwards,
    the executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
    “Our hope is that this case serves as prevention for years to come and a
    reminder that discrimination is illegal, and has no place in
    Pennsylvania.””

    I was denied many things as both a child and an adult because of my white skin color. When will I get reparations?