A protest has been started by the Color of Change Organization to publicly condemn the Valley Swim Club for discrimination against innocent black kids, and calling on the Justice Department to investigate whether the club violated federal civil rights laws.
Sixty-five campers arrived from Creative Steps Day Camp in Northwest Philadelphia to the Valley Swim Club in Huntington Valley, Pa., on June 29 — only to endure racism and be disinvited from the pool.
Camper Dymire Baylor told NBC:
“I heard this lady, she was like, 'Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?' She's like, 'I'm scared they might do something to my child.' ”
Horace Gibson, a parent of a camper told NBC that “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.” And on Tuesday, the swim club's president issued a statement saying, “There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club.”
According to NBC, the banning has caused so much controversy that U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) plans to launch an investigation into the discrimination claim.