Black Kids Booted From Swim Club Over 'Complexion'

Suburban pool rejects summer campers, cites 'complexion'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 9, 2009 12:24 PM CDT
Parents and a day camp may take legal action against a Philadelphia-area swim club.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – A Philadelphia summer camp says it may take legal action after a suburban swim club rejected its campers, the Inquirer reports. On their first visit to the pool, the children said they’d overheard other poolgoers complaining about black people frequenting the swim club; soon after, management refunded the $1,950 the camp had paid for weekly pool visits over the summer. A statement from the club president cited “concern” over the “complexion” of the club.

“There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion ... and the atmosphere of the club,” said the statement to the local NBC affiliate. A city councilwoman called the situation “outrageous and unfortunately part of what we still confront day in and day out because of folks' lack of understanding."