Changing Complexions

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   Kelbin Carolina demonstrates in front of the Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., in response to allegations that the swim club blocked a group of minority children from joining weekly swims at the pool, Thursday, July 9, 2009. The club returned the deposit paid by the Creative Steps day camp, of which the children are members, citing issues such as overcrowding at the club.
Kelbin Carolina demonstrates in front of the Valley Club in Huntingdon
Valley, Pa., in response to allegations that the swim club blocked a
group of minority children from joining weekly swims at the pool. The club returned the deposit paid by the
Creative Steps day camp, citing
issues such as overcrowding at the club.

The swim club that caused a furor a couple of weeks ago when it
disinvited Creative Steps, a Philadelphia day camp of mostly black and Hispanic
children, wants to ask the group back, a club official
said Sunday. Valley Swim Club sparked protests after white members reportedly made racist remarks when the 65 black kids showed up at the pool and club president John Duesler explained he was concerned the children would "change the complexion...and the atmosphere of the club."

 

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