Justice Department Sues Swim Club for Racism

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UPI reports that the Valley Club, which famously turned away a group of minority campers last summer, is now under federal scrutiny. "The Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley violated civil rights laws by adopting a policy to ban summer camp program swimmers "in response to racially motivated opposition from the Valley Club's members," the U.S. Justice Department alleged in a release. Valley Club officers denied the allegations and said it canceled agreements with Creative Steps and other outside groups because the club was not equipped to handle large groups of children. But Justice Department officials said the real reason was racial bias, said Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. '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,' he said."

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1. Sherry Brown said... on Jan 14, 2010 at 02:20PM

“It is truly amazing that such a giant leap backward in race relations can be taken in this age of globalization. It is obvious that many Americans still need to learn tolerance.”

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