Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

CAN’T SWIM HERE.

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Probably about a year ago there was a story about a camp that had paid to swim at this predominately white swim club and when they had arrived at the place to swim the other members decided to get out of the pool and stop swimming.  The camp was refunded their money becasue they were told that they had changed the “atmosphere” of the swimming club. If this does not scream discrimination then I don’t know what does. How could this have even taken place??? Of course you can imagine there were protesters that could not believe something like this was happening in their own neighborhood and surprisingly, most of the protesters were white. on one side you see how the world has changed but on the other side you can see how we just took a huge step back to the past. Is it even possible to fix something like this??

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Written by alyssa1965

April 7, 2010 at 6:46 am

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  1. I’m kind of confused by your post.

    Were the people coming to swim at the club black or was it just because the club was private that they were mad that there was other people swimming in their pool?

    I know that people get angry if nonmembers swim at their country clubs whether or not they are white, black, asian, whatever. it’s a matter of ownership and when others get the privilege, they feel betrayed.

    melp8

    April 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

  2. oh im sorry…the majority of the camp that came to swim were black kids and the swimming club was predominately white if im not mistaken.

    alyssa1965

    April 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm

  3. Even so, this is kind-of a generalized statement because unless one of the club members stated that they stopped swimming because the children were black, then you can’t really be sure that it was a racial issue. Had there only been white women in the pool and little white boys from a camp came to swim, the women may have gotten out for the same reason: they feel a right to the ownership of the pool because they pay for it…not because they have something against little boys. Children in general tend to bring about a rowdy nature, especially children engaging in the freedom of play of a summer camp…some of the club members who pay a monthly fee for quiet, relaxing swimming may not have enjoyed rowdy, rambunctious children sharing the same pool. Race may have been an issue, but it also may not have been.

    cgator19

    April 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

  4. If in fact the reason the people got out of the pool was because of the race of the kids, that’s obviously absurd. The fact that most of the people protesting were white doesn’t surprise me, especially if the area was predominantly white. Just because an area is mostly white doesn’t mean the people in that area are racist. The other assumption in this post is that the people got out because of the race of the kids. I personally wouldn’t want to be in a pool with a bunch of little kids..

    lehnertsl

    April 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm


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