The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has issued a
finding of probable cause of racism on the part of suburban
Philadelphia’s Valley Swim Club.
The facility’s management canceled a contract
with a group of 65 minority children this summer, saying it
was the result of overcrowding. However, the children
reported white members made derogatory comments during a
June swim trip, and the club’s director stated on
television that the kids changed “the
complexion” of the pool.
As national attention grew, the facility invited the
children to return, but their camp program said it would
instead pursue a lawsuit. In the 33-page report, the
commission also noted that the club has no African American
“an invitation to sit down with our staff and
have the parties settle their differences,” said
PHRC Chairman Stephen Glassman in an interview with
CNN.com. If that doesn’t happen, the club will
face a public hearing, damages for humiliation and a civil
penalty of up to $50,000. Lawyers for the club said it
plans to participate.