24 September 2009

Philly area swim club penalized for racial bias

You may recall that a Philadelphia area swim club made national news in July when a group of young campers, who had a pre-arranged and pre-paid agreement to use the pool, were subjected to racially charged comments and were ordered to leave the club. Most of the campers (if not all) had brown or black skin.

Now the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has completed its investigation of the case and has issued a finding that racism was a factor. The swim club will now have to pay some hefty fines.

It is good that the swim club is learning that it cannot get away with causing the kind of emotional pain those children must have felt when they heard the racist remarks aimed at their group.

But the club does intend to appeal the decision. So stay tuned for updates.

>> Read the Commission's official findings.

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