Pennsylvania smacks down Valley Swim Club

valley_swim_protestersSo a state investigation has ruled that the Valley Swim Club in Montgomery County, PA did discriminate against 56 black and Hispanic children when they cancelled their agreement to swim at the club. The findings state that racial comments by members led to the canceling of the contract. In addition to having to return the contract fee, they were fined $50,000.

I notice that the report says of out of 334 members of the club, not one is black. They tried to hide this fact earlier in the summer saying they did have minority members. Maybe they were counting the landscapers (I’m not stereotyping, when I was there I did see black landscapers).

I have to say it couldn’t happen to nicer folks. I hope their club goes bankrupt and the members have to swim at a public pool.

  • shane

    THIS CLUB IS A BUSINESS IT HAS EVERY RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE ESPECIALLY A BUNCH OF TROUBLE MAKING KIDS THE CLUB REFUNDED THE MONEY THE KIDS CAUSED PROBLEMS SO THEY GOT PUNISHED TOUGH SHIT I WOULDNT LET THEM BACK AT ALL!!!!!!

  • shane

    THE KIDS SHOULD HAVE BEN SWIMMING AT A PUBLIC POOL TO BEGIN WITH AND THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENDED

  • shane

    I HOPE THE CLUB LEARNDED FROM THIS DONT ALLOW CHILDREN INTO THE POOL PERIOD IF I WHERE A MEMBER I WOULD HELP THIS CLUB FIGHT AGINST THESE STUPID KIDS AND THE RETARDED FAMILIES WHO ARE NOTHING BUT GETTO SLIME!!!!!!!

  • lsmith

    It’s a private club, did it ever occur to anyone that perhaps these white people preferred to surround themselves with people of similar color, culture and interests? What the heck is wrong with that?
    Black people do this all the time. Black beauty pageants, black history, black merchants assns. BET, Ebony.
    While I have no problems with most black people, I do not want to be around them when I’m socializing, drinking or whatever. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this is America and I have the freedom to socialize with whomever I chose.
    Offended Black folks……….I don’t like chewing the fat with you at the country club, get over it and build your own place.

  • Larry King

    This proves that black people must be tolerated and shoved down peoples throats. What country wants black people if they don’t have to have them?

  • arich

    A club is being sued for having common sense? Maybe because “minorities” behave as worthless refuse and word gets around. The club has a right to turn them away. Aww…They probably called the little “minorities” the “N” word. How terrible!

  • WHAM

    I’ve been discriminated on the job by blacks but NO ONE pays that any attention! Hope you enjoy being a RACIST! I, myself, don’t enjoy going where people don’t want me…. So glad to know all blacks are NOT racist – HA – PLEASE!!!

  • Mychal W

    And, we wonder why the president is having so many problems getting anything done in this country? And why minority has fought so hard for affirmative Action, because it is still to much racism in this country.

  • Larry King

    White people will always be disgusted with living around black people. No amount of whimpering or crying will ever change this. Black people are VERY unrealistic to expect white people to turn a blind eye to the vast and disturbing differences between the two races.

    If black people were white they wouldn’t want blacks moving in around them either. As it is most black people prefer living around whites rather than living with blacks. What does this say about black communities?

    Blacks are always looking to dilute and pollute white areas, so it is more than understandable that these white club members were appalled, outraged and disgusted at this unsightly herd of cattle being allowed into their pool. If only blacks craved segregation as much as white people, what a wonderful country this would be.

  • Spencer

    The following is a quote from Mark Twain “Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt”.

  • Larry King

    Thanks Spencer, but the truth is not going to change just because it makes you uncomortable

  • Cyndy

    As a person who is white, I am appalled at the notion that white people will always be disgusted by being around black people and that black people should not expect white people to ever accept them as equals. Let me rephrase that, as a HUMAN BEING, I am appalled by the statements made by ‘Larry King’.

    These kids, regardless of the money being refunded, were treated inhumanely. I really don’t care if the club got in over their head and couldn’t accommodate them, the issue here is how those kids were made to feel, that they didn’t belong because of their race. They were not trouble makers, they were kids! And they didn’t deserve to hear what they heard out of the mouths of people who are old enough to know better. How the ire of those mothers would have been stirred had their little white kid walked into a black swim club and had heard similar statements.

    We aren’t that different, really we aren’t. It’s just that some seem to think they are better than others and seem to think that because of that, they deserve better and others don’t deserve anything at all. Those are the people I feel sad for as they live their lives in fear of anything out of the norm or different. What a sad existence.

  • Anissa

    I am an 18 year old black woman growing up. Hearing all of you talk is a shame because I have a more mature mindset than all of you. You talk black and white and black slime but yet the only difference between us is skin deep. Racism has to stop. There are plenty of white people begging to be black in America. Likewise with black people. Wake Up people everyone will not be white. That is so sickening…

  • Cyn

    To judge someone by the color of their skin is the height of ignorance. Do these bigoted commentors even realize how completely asinine they sound?

    Or is that the point? Outragious rhetoric seems to be all the rage these days.

    Not to change subjects, but nobody can convince me that a lot of the anti-Obama "socialist" nonsense isn't just pure racism.

    • Cyn

      (In light of discussing ignorance…I misspelled "outrageous"…only slept from 2A to 6A last night…that's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it.)

  • radiocynic

    Wow, where did all the racist and misguided folks suddenly come from? And why all at the same time? (The closed-minded are so "clannish", aren't they?) Did this blog get picked up by some backwoods KKK version of Google or something?

    Like the president, I'll strive to remain calm and press on to attempt fighting racism with logic and attempted intelligence instead of with anger. But even if one can avoid being angry, there's no escaping how pitiful and sad such comments are.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/speener speener

      Well it would seem as if that liberal beacon, CNN, had a link to my blog in their report on this story. Thank you CNN.

  • http://www.merujo.com Merujo

    Man, this has steamed my clams all day. The bizarro world racism displayed in some of the comments posted here has made me feel, to quote Larry King above "uncomortable."

    I'm still pondering what I really want to say about the upsetting level of misplaced, uncivilized, dehumanizing anger and hate that has been posted in response to Spencer's words. The anonymity of the Internet helps embolden people who otherwise would never speak such vitriol. Anonymous or not, to know what is in their hearts and minds – and to see the cancer held therein – saddens me.

  • kristen

    Nothing makes my skin crawl more than seeing racist idiots comment on a news story. And as a white person, I'd prefer if the ignorant bigots didn't pretend to speak for me. As much as it pains me to acknowledge their comments by chiming in, I can't help myself. There is too much hate in the public conversation right now, and it can't stay unchallenged.

    Larry King wants to talk about the truth? Give me a break. In my experience, the people who bray the loudest about different minority groups have never even really met or spoken to a member of the group they're complaining about. Can't have real life interaction get in the way of the reverse racism fantasy, right? And even if you honestly had a negative interaction with a black person or an Asian person or anyone else, how could that possibly inform your opinion? By that standard, I should be racist against white people, cause lord knows I've met tons of white assholes. I guess that would make me a self-hater?

    Discrimination is wrong. That's the bottomline here. No one deserves that treatment. Every person deserves to be treated like a human being. No group is better than any other: we are all people and we all deserve respect. We need more understanding, more positive energy in the universe. Give up your hate. It is toxic and it will corrode your soul.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/speener speener

    Funny thing is that I think the whole idea of segregation isn't a bad one – it's just that I wouldn't segregate racially – I'd segregate the douches like LK (again too cowardly to use a real name) from the open minded. I think that was the whole idea of "The United States of Canada" and Jesusland. Still not a bad idea.

  • http://fortyninepercenter.blogspot.com/ Joey

    Public pool?

    That would be fitting since the city can barely afford to keep public pools open, at this point.
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