The Creative Steps Day Care, a Philadelphia-area day care center, said Thursday, that members of a private swim club the organization had paid to attend, made racist comments about the center’s children to the point of bringing some of the young children to tears. Not to be outdone by its racist members, the swim club then quickly canceled the swimming privileges of all the children – from the day care center!
The Creative Steps Day Care children, ages kindergarten through seventh grade, went to The Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, on June 29. During their first visit, some children said they heard club members asking why African-American children were there. One of the young boys told the Philadelphia Inquirer that a woman at the club said she feared the children “might do something” to her child. Days later, the day care center’s $1,950 check was returned by the swim club without explanation. Club President John Duesler tells Philadelphia television station WTXF that several club members complained because the children “fundamentally changed the atmosphere” at the pool.
Most reading this story are probably too young to remember the treatment of Sammy Davis Jr. by the casino where he and the rest of the famous “Rat Pack” group were performing. When a group of Texan “high-rollers” saw Mr Davis in the casino’s pool, they demanded the pool be completely drained and then refilled so they could “enjoy a proper swim”. Yes, we are being kind as I’m sure we all can imagine that different words were used by them, but you get the idea and the casino quickly complied. The other members of the “Rat Pack”, led by Frank Sinatra, refused to perform unless the casino apologized directly to Mr Davis, which they did and the incident never occurred again.
We believe a regime change is long overdue at The Valley Swim Club. The PA Health Department should also insist that its pool be drained and refilled as a precaution against further contamination by whatever sickness its current members may have brought to that community.
-Surface Earth columnist: CB