The hate-filled country club chairman who had kicked a bunch of smiling black kids out of the pool was being fitted for his Bull Connor memorial bullhorn when suddenly some intrepid bloggers discovered that he has got the same name as a big Obama supporter and a certified (also certifiable) lefty. Oops!
The story, as broken by NBC10:
"I heard this lady, she was like, 'Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?' She's like, 'I'm scared they might do something to my child,'" said camper Dymire Baylor.
"When the minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool," Horace Gibson, parent of a day camp child, wrote in an email. "The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately."
The next day the club told the camp director that the camp's membership was being suspended and their money would be refunded.
As to the woman who wondered what all the black kids were doing at the pool, it certainly would have been more politically correct for her to ask what all these young, unfamiliar day-campers were doing at her pool (per this report, the member shad not been advised of the potential influx of young 'uns of any race). On the other hand, a person looking for a quick description of the unfamiliar faces might have reasonably hit on "black". And, just one man's opinion, there is no way in the world that a pool attendant actually told a camper that black kids were not allowed. The first rule of the Fight Club is there is no fight club; in this day and age a similar applies to exclusionary clubs. Pressing on:
Puzzling. Apparently agreements with the two other camps were also canceled; one wonders about the timing. If the two other camps had already been canceled, why even let this third camp show up? Or, if the first two camps had already come and gone why was this visit a big deal?
[This follow-up does not really resolve this:
A worker at another Northeast Philadelphia day camp that had an agreement to use the Valley Club this summer, Storybook Children's Center, said she believed the club's account.
Monica Scanlon said that she took 25 children of diverse ethnicities to the club pool this summer, but that the noise had clearly been too great for comfort.
Valley Club president John Duesler apologetically refunded Storybook's money, as he did for Creative Steps.
"He was trying to help us out, because there weren't supposed to be city pools open this year," said Scanlon, who contacted The Inquirer after learning of the controversy.
The Creative Steps kids appeared at the Valley Club on June 29, so there is time for the smaller group of Storybook kids to have shown up before or after that date.]
Well. Let's get better acquainted with Dr. John G. Duesler Jr. He organized Opositive, a blood drive celebrating Obama's inauguration.
He was involved with Peace-Action Philadelphia (I can't find a date but this article describes him as the chairman and it was seemingly posted at the Peace Action PA website in Jan 2008). Let's check the Peace Action website - hmm, they haven't yet found a chair for the investigation into the truth of what happened on 9/11.
Dr. Duesler shows up on the Plaxo.com networking site where he describes himself as an eternal optimist. Looks like he'll have a lot to be optimistic about in the next few days.
MEANWHILE, OVER IN AKRON: A group of thirty to fifty black teens, some allegedly saying "this is a black world", beat a white man in front of his family - the victim "was rushed to Akron General where he spent four days recovering from a concussion and multiple face and head injuries."
Akron's finest can't figure out whether this was a hate crime. And so far, coverage is limited to the Akron Beacon Journal and the Cleveland Fox affiliate. Byway of contrast, the John Duesler and his fellow Philly pool fools have attracted attention as far away as Los Angeles.