Segregation Alive In Huntingdon Valley, PA
I just saw the most disgusting story on ABC news
. It seems The Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley, a predominantly white suburb outside Philadelphia, are not only racists but incredibly stupid ones.
They voided a contract they had with Creative Steps Camp to allow the kids to use the club's pool
, because they're black. Even better, their reason given was that the kids would "change the complexion" of the club.
Brilliant phrasing, if unintentional. But I think it was as intentional as when, growing up in SC, I'd hear older relatives refer to black people as "those dark-complected[sic] types." I bet they thought it was witty.
I wonder how they feel about their little move now that it's made the national news. Sen. Arlen Specter certainly has taken notice, and advised the club to undo its transgression
. I also wonder whether they realize that race is not a reason to void a contract, and lawsuit settlements on stuff like this could allow the camp to buy their damn pool.This has a bit of history there:
The club, which is unaffiliated with Huntingdon Valley Country Club, is just outside Philadelphia's city limits and was founded in 1954, a time when pressure was emanating from within the city to integrate pools. In 1953, State Sen. Charles R. Weiner (R., Phila.) had offered a bill to desegregate all public pools. In 1951, South Philadelphia's the Rev. Harrison DeShields had sued pool operators across the city and suburbs, alleging discrimination.
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