Well, what a difference a bad publicity WEEK MAKES!!
White only, yes, I am calling it THAT after what the white members called the children WHO PAID to be there and how the facility botched it up in handling this. Yes, the white only swim club now want the kids to "COME ON DOWN!!!"
A suburban Philadelphia swim club has invited children from a largely minority day-care center to come back after a June reversal that fueled allegations of racism against the club, a spokeswoman said Sunday.
The development came during a hastily called Sunday afternoon meeting of the Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. Club members voted overwhelmingly to try to work things out with the day-care center, which accused some swim club members of making racist comments to black and Hispanic children contracted to use the pool, said Bernice Duesler, the club director's wife.
Duesler said the club canceled its contract with the Creative Steps day-care because of safety, crowding and noise concerns, not racism.
"As long as we can work out safety issues, we'd like to have them back," she told CNN.
She said the club has been subpoenaed by the state Human Rights Commission, which has begun a fact-finding investigation, "and the legal advice was to try to get together with these camps, " Duesler added.
Alethea Wright, Creative Steps' director, said, "They should have done that before."
Wright has repeatedly lambasted the club for its tepid response to the charges and said the children in her care were "emotionally damaged" by the incident.
"These children are scarred. How can I take those children back there?" she said.
However, Wright's lawyer, Carolyn Nicholas, said the center will give the Valley Club's offer "due consideration" once it is received and looks forward to sitting down with the parties.
"The children are our primary concern," Nicholas told CNN. read more here...
The thing the swim club did not or does not understand is that this is the YEAR 2009 and NO ONE, I don't care where you live, expected to have to hear or read about minority children getting turned away from a facility that they not only paid to use, but had to endure the racist rhetoric from the swim club's particpants.
A lawsuit is warranted, not only for how outrageous this is, but that this kind of behavior should not be tolerated nor expected, period. This is not 1959 and if you are non-white that you move to the back of the bus, this is 2009 and that day is and should be OVER.
You would think!!!