“What are all these black kids doing here?”
After reading the article, my guess would be swimming.
Oh, but he so cleverly said “complexion”. Those un educated minorities won’t ever figure out what such a big word means!
I really hope this sounds a lot worse than it is, but I get the feeling it’s right on target.
I would like to quote from Futurama.
From the first line of the article:
“Philadelphia is just cold retarded”
In an article about pernicious -isms? Really? REALLY? Who forgot to turn their damn brain on today?
Far be it from me to paint Philly as a bastion of race harmony (I can’t tell you the number of times Philly.com alone has horrified me over at Get Off The Internet) – but reading the article details this sounds like a case where some scumbag facilities manager rented out a small club pool for a group that was far too big to use it.
It wasn’t that the kids were black (well it probably was for some of the members, but not necessarily the majority) it was just that there was an unexpected group of kids at a private pool – a bigger group than could even use the pool.
That being said, the optics of this are appalling and if I was involved within a mile of this story I would have thought far more carefully about how I crafted my response.
this sounds like a case where some scumbag facilities manager rented out a small club pool for a group that was far too big to use it.
Brad, I’ve worked for school groups and camp groups like this one. Rule One of booking any trip is “is there room for all the kids.” (Well, it’s rule one after “is it safe,” obviously.) There is simply zero chance – zero – that the club could not have been aware that there were going to be eighty-some kids there.
Combine that with the fact that “overcrowding” has always been the de facto excuse of choice to avoid desegregation of any kind, and I am not inclined to view the club’s position charitably in the slightest.
where all the white womem at
I read about this on CNN earlier. The other side of the story is that they were apparently renting out to a number of these swim groups and had already turned away two other groups before this, neither of which had minorities. Of course that hardly jives with the quote in both this article and the CNN one, so who knows.
Sounds pretty messed up though.
Wow, that’s… that’s some pretty massive fail right there.
I must have a bigger version of that “nobama” poster. That thing is magnificent.
Brad, the size of the pool isn’t the issue. The president of the club said he was worried about the kids “changing the complexion” of the pool.
Blatant racism. It doesn’t get more obvious than that.
JV – I had actually interpreted that as to the Fact they were kids, not race (although if so a ludicrously bad judgement in choice of words).
MGK – I worked for a city parks and rec doing ed programs for years and while I don’t disagree with what you say entirely, I can’t say I never ended up in situations that were grossly impractical or inapropriate for the ages of kids in the program. Personally I’d want to know the situation a little better before passing judgement.
Oh, Waiter. What’s this black person doing in my soup?
The backstroke, sir.
@CB- yeah, the “What are all these black kids doing here” just sounds like a poorly worded comment. But “Changing the complexion of the pool” really makes no sense but as a comment about their race, and I’m surprised so many people are missing that.
The pool club does not represent the rest of us in Philly. Okay, there is some segregation of neighborhoods and all that, but in general this is a pretty diverse place and we get along pretty well.
That was so not post-racial!
Here is a funny take on that.
Brad: White parents were TAKING THEIR KIDS OUT OF THE POOL as a response to the black kids showing up.
That is all.
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