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News Item: PA Swim Club Throws Out Black Kids

Apparently, the Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley, PA recently threw out over 60 Philadelpia kids explicitly because they were black:

The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers’ first visit to the pool suggested otherwise.

“When the minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool,” Horace Gibson, parent of a day camp child, wrote in an email. “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.”

I hate to jump the gun on accusing the club management of racism, but the article doesn’t seem to leave any room for doubt. Their own statement was that “a lot of kids would change the complexion… and the atmosphere of the club.” Not hard to see where they are coming from on the issue.

Look, we all know that hypersensitivity to racism and racial issues has become a drag on our nation and our political discourse. Moreover, modern civil rights lawsuits are frequently meritless ‘shakedown’ efforts rather than genuine efforts to advance the rights of minorities. But the only way to stop the hucksters and end the racial recriminations is to ensure that actual, blatant racism like this is shouted down and, as the law permits, immediately ended by the courts.

I believe the Montgomery County, PA district attorney (Risa Vetri Ferman) and the PA attorney general (Tom Corbett) are both Republicans. I would strongly encourage PA residents to contact them and let them know that Republicans are just as outraged over this conduct as Democrats are sure to be.

We are the party of Lincoln, after all. Let’s act like it.