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DOJ Charges PA Swim Club With Racism

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

U.S. charges Montco swim club with racism

By Derrick Nunnally

January 14, 2010

The U.S. Justice Department accused a Huntingdon Valley swim club of racism in a federal lawsuit filed yesterday as the club deals with ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.

The Valley Club, which revoked its contract with the Creative Steps day camp after 56 black and Latino children visited June 29, is charged in the suit with making a no-summer-campers rule the next day "in response to racially motivated opposition from Valley Club members . . . with the intention of preventing the children of Creative Steps from returning."

The Justice Department said in a news release that the lawsuit was intended to force the club to drop the discriminatory policy.

"Denying African American children entry to a swimming pool because of the color of their skin is a deplorable violation of this nation’s civil rights laws," Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said in a statement.

"It is illegal and inexcusable to discriminate against patrons by barring them from a place of public accommodation on the basis of race or color."

It is doubtful that the club, which shut down at the end of the summer swimming season, will ever open again. Club president John G. Duesler Jr., who did not return a call, spent yesterday afternoon listening to creditors make their demands in a hearing over its Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, submitted in November.

The club’s bankruptcy attorney, Michael Cibik, said yesterday that selling off the club’s assets – mainly the swimming pool, buildings, and land on Tomlinson Road just beyond the city line – was going slowly.

"There has been a lukewarm response," Cibik said.

In its bankruptcy filing, the club claimed it had more than $266,000 in debts and estimated its 2009 gross income at $90,640. Its assets were valued at $2 million, mainly real estate value.

The Justice Department’s discrimination suit does not directly request a cash penalty, just a court order to stop any discriminatory policies. Cibik said the club site was likely to be sold to a developer, which would make any policy change moot.

"We have no intention of reopening," Cibik said. "Never. No. We’re done."

The Valley Club also faces several potential financial burdens of unknown size. One group of children has filed a discrimination lawsuit, and lawyers for another group said they also planned to sue. The state Human Relations Commission is considering a fine and other penalties against the club.

Lest we forget, as we noted at the time, the man who begat this problem, the president of the Valley Swim Club, Dr. John G. Duesler, Jr is apparently a big Obama fan:

(Click to enlarge.)

And there are more Mr. Duesler links to the Obama bandwagon here and here.

But that is all forgotten now. Indeed, it got very little mention at the time, either.

But never mind all of that.

This was obviously blatant racism.

Unlike, say, those Black Panthers with night sticks, who were threatening voters outside of a Philadelphia polling place.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “DOJ Charges PA Swim Club With Racism”

  1. MinnesotaRush

    See ….

    WHO you know .. is much more important than WHAT you do – legal, or not – in o-blah-blah Land.

  2. jobeth

    Only whites can be guilty of racism. At least that is what I am told.

    Kind of like the ‘freedom of speech’ in that any black can utter the vile “N” word without fear of complaint, but not a white, not that anyone should be using that word…but it just goes to show our double standard culture.

    Is there any vile name that blacks are ‘forbidden’ from calling whites?

    Anything is just fine.Because after all they had an ancestor who was enslaved. Today’s blacks are so far removed from slavery that it amazes me how they keep looking backward. Other races have escaped horrid conditions, come to America and within one generation shed themselves of their own shackles. What is it about blacks that some don’t ‘get it’?

    Yet they themselves have had every opportunity to educate themselves, work hard at a career and rise to any level they choose, However, lets not focus on that when there is such a delicious victimization opportunity to be had…

    Amazing to me how we have a slew of blacks who have done all the hard work necessary to become wonderful citizens and how their own race complains that they have betrayed their race and have become “Uncle Toms”. Shame on them….they should have stayed uneducated and cried victim and lived in substandard conditions.

    And you know what that can lead to….Haiti, South Africa to name but two. Both were at one time wealthy white run governments. Look at them now. Full of uneducated, unprincipled people who resist doing the hard work that is required and full of ‘victims’.

    Its all mind boggling to my poor brain.


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