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Maybe they were simply being unruly that day or relatively unsupervised compared to other parties as pointed out by many submissions hitherto; in that case, the club should have known what it was getting itself into with 1 parental guardian on-hand at any given time..
Secondly, despite their youth, the ubiquitous `accents` and lingo which usually accompany such varieties of American do "fundamentally change the atmosphere" of anywhere they go and have detracted from my own experiences in the past, swimming or otherwise.
Thirdly, the strong undercurrent of aggression and resentment present in black American culture/disposition could be enough to cause some understandable concern and discomfort among relatively homogeneous white sub-populations.
I don`t think a lot of people realize just how badly racism hurts and destroys. I grew up with it as a kid and this story just breaks my heart.
I`m white and I`m not allowed to go use the pool at a private club either.
What canada has is less fat chicks, stronger beer, and no banking/diplomacy/prision clusterdrats.
In order to call the members racist, they would either have to deny regular membership to a black family, or they would have to allow a large day camp of several dozen white children to use their facilities without objection. Since neither of these things has happened, there is no valid basis for calling then racist. End of argument.
The highways...LOL, yea thats why Canada sucks, thank for staying on topic , Mr. itsalwysunny.
Right or wrong, the race card seems to be played out, down there, alot.
"It`s F*ucking 2009, get over it"
Just say what you feel! Don`t sugar coat it! We all know what you mean.
It`s funny though, it`s not like, "What are all these kids doing here"? It`s more like:
"What are all these BLACK kids doing here"?
What, you think they`re all going to pull some gats out of their swim trunks and start shooting up the place and playing that loud damn "GANGSTER RAP" and influencing your precious princes and princesses?
They are kids....at a summer camp...they want to swim and have fun LIKE ALL KIDS ARE SUPPOSED TO and they should not be subjecting to hearing comments like they heard, that`s not right and it`s not fair. It`s F*ucking 2009, get over i
As for all the people reaching out, offering free services--personal chefs to teach the kids to cook???--come on, gimme a break. I feel bad for the kids, honestly it`s not THEIR fault, but jeez, they`re not dying orphans! Don`t tell me there aren`t PUBLIC pools or parks anywhere that have the room for a bunch of campers.
2. I`d take my kids away if a busload of kids (of any color) showed up to crowd a pool.
BUT, in their differnce, this AP story is apparently incorrect. They weren`t the only campers turned away. Another Local group was also turned away:
I`m sure I`m gonna get rocked for this... but it has to be said/asked.
So if I see 65 kids walk into an area... I`m suddenly a racist for asking my friend "I wonder why all these black kids are here?"?
There were a large number of kids... they happened to be *gasp* black. Oh well... reading the other side shows that this story is in hyper spin to make it LOOK more racist than it actually was.
*Well, I`m glad we slow Americans could finally appease the watchful eyes of the Eurotrash contingent by electing an American with African ancestry."
Also, thanks for trying to find a way to appease us bloodthirsty Americans. We remember and tend to return favors given to us.
They actually teach black history to Germans over here (and not just in the shortest month of the year and not just about Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks). I have been in discussions with my Italian and German Friends and they were shocked that it took this long to have a minority president seeing that we are a "melting pot" and all. I believe Americans need more education starting from pre-school all the way through college on these types of subjects. I think they need to throw away all those history books and start teaching about what really happened. Let`s get to the root of everything and figure out what the fear is and dispel all the myths. Then we need to move on. We are all humans, we all have blood in our body, we all need air to breath....let`s just put aside our differences and just get along.
Oh and BTW...Jesse Jackson is a jackass. In the beginning with MLK he meant well, but somehow as he received more power he lost his way.
It turns out the members paid to belong to a PRIVATE swim club so they could have a nice, quite place to take their FAMILIES. Then one day their quite little club is suddenly and unexpectedly inundated by 65 largely unsupervised children.
It turns out the club president sold one-day-per-week passes to not one but THREE day camps without consulting or even notifying the members.
While there may have been racist comments from some members, the main complaints had nothing to do with race, e.g., "This has nothing to do with race. I paid my money for a private swim club. If they`re gonna have it out to camps, then I want my money back."
Remember? Making Obama the president got rid of racism everywhere.
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton can find racism anywhere. They exist because of, and owe their career, to racism. If there were no racism in the world, they`d have no purpose. Therefore, they have to invent it sometimes.
Note: This comment is off-topic and referring only to Jackson and Sharpton, not the issue at hand.
hypocrisy is a beautiful thing, no?
Are you basing that on the 12 seconds 2 of the kids had on camera?
If it is a private club that owns the pool, I suppose they have the right to refuse service, it`s effed up but they`re free to do so for the same reason we can have things like the united negro college fund or any other racially exclusive organization.
Hell I`m not allowed to enter the Mormon Temple in Utah because I`m not a member of the church, that`s discrimination, but the truth is I don`t care to frequent the sort of places that condone such behavior anyhow.
Racism exists, even calling someone racist is a form of racism. It`s an acknowledgement and a judgment based on race. Suing someone for it isn`t likely to change their view, if anything it will more firmly entrench their anger. You can`t beat a person until they like you.
Hopefully Sharpton and Jackson will stay out of this, as their presence will only complicate an already unfortunate situation.
I don`t know. We keep trying, but I guess we`re just ALL evil. Maybe we should just give up since we seem to all be such horrible people.
I live in the second whitest state (Vermont) and we never have this kind of thing happen. It could be the lack of black people, but, somehow, I doubt it.