Jesus Take The Wheel: Black Children Rejected From Philly Pool

- By Bossip Staff

This right here is pretty wack:

More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason. “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.

The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers’ first visit to the pool suggested otherwise.

“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. “I said, ‘The parents don’t want the refund. They want a place for their children to swim,'” camp director Aetha Wright said.

Campers remain unsure why they’re no longer welcome. “They just kicked us out. And we were about to go. Had our swim things and everything,” said camper Simer Burwell. The explanation they got was either dishearteningly honest or poorly worded. “There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club,” John Duesler, President of The Valley Swim Club said in a statement. While the parents await an apology, the camp is scrambling to find a new place for the kids to beat the summer heat.

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  • janay

    first i hope

  • L

    They can come to WEST Philly! We have beautiful pools for you guys! Forget NE Philly!!!!!

  • Des

    This is a shame

  • We "Blacks" Are The REAL Hebrew Israelites

    If they’re ever on the west coast they can come to my nice BIG SPARKLING pool here in sunny…CLEAN air Southern California AND I live about 2 miles from Laguna Beach if you decide my pool isn’t big enough.

    Let them swim in their little mudholes. Pigs love to wallow in mud.

    Why would you want to swim in a pool full of pink people anyways? It’s nothing but a sludge of washed off suncreen that has been sticking to someone elses melanin deficient cells. Grody.

  • Eboneez Leggz

    There needs to be more action with cases like this. The parents are waiting for an apology??? This should be all over the news, there should be protests and the club owners need to but put on BLAST!!! I guess black people have just become accustomed to being treated unfairly.

    Well no more, we need to take it back to Malcolm days – we have a black presidendt but this sh*t is still happening all over the place.


  • Re--->re-discovered the joy that is Killah Priest

    Wow. Wow. Wow.

    Who knew people were THIS blatantly racist anymore?



  • sexylexis

    That number is disconnected.

  • Shaahn

    The NE is full of some racist yt’s. real talk. Im ashamed right now that Philly is my hometown. But Im form West Philly anyway.

  • me, that's who


    right in Philly – yes (gasp) PHILLY

  • Toxicity

    consider it a blessing!

    who knows what was swimming around in those pools. I prefer the beach.

  • Shaahn

    check my new blog!

  • Toxicity

    If the kids from the camp behave anything like those children in the Harlem Children Zone up on 145th in Harlem then I would understand why a private club would want to ban them from their premises. Black or white, bad kids are bad kids.

    I despise all children so I am biased. Kids creep me out.


    I would not let this go. They had a signed agreement the club knew where the camp was coming from. No I would not let this ride. Now is the time to call Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the NAACP.


    Yes, LexRuger that is so true. White parents rant and rave about their hatred towards blacks and their children grow up attracted to our children of color. Especially the white females.

  • http://bossip Mrs. Oparah

    I am an attorney and I feel that each and everyone of these parents aswell as the camp directors should take civil action against this club then file discrimination charges against them and any other charge they can legally file. This was a blatant ignorant act, disrespectful and could have caused possible damage to some of these poor innocent soles, and they should not be able to get away with this, Hell we have an african american president for god sake. I further feel that you should write you president, congressman and any other officials you can think of to report this horrible club to, also call or write the NAACP, in other words put some heat under their ignorant asses. And to the other readers let’s stop writing these hateful remarks to these fools, we are of a race with much dignity and we know how to handle things the right way LEGALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • undressingHER

    I want to complain, but I’ve heard black people say, MORE THAN FEW TIMES, when it’s majority black, “what these white people doing here?”

  • Aye

    The number is 215-947-0700 if you want to let them know how you feel!! This type of stuff is just sad and disgraceful. Just goes to show you that racism will never die, as long as you have ignorant parents passing it down to their children, the cycle will continue.

  • Toxicity


    I want to complain, but I’ve heard black people say, MORE THAN FEW TIMES, when it’s majority black, “what these white people doing here?”

    I have said that too and I have heard other non-white folks say that too…but the key difference is that they were not banned or not allowed to be there.

  • RIP MJ

    NE Philly is a melting pot of different races..and yet you still see that racism is still rampant…sad and embarassing.

  • Brooklyn, Stand UP!

    WOW!! Who knew sh*t like this still happens?

  • Vanity

    I just emailed the club to give them my two cents. There’s no point in just posting a comment here as they aren’t going to be on the blog and news sites to see what people are saying about this situation. Taking a stand and letting them know first hand what I need to say for if it were my child that was denied access to their pool I would have tore that place up.
    Here’s the email address to the swim club

  • http://Bossip COME THE HELL ON!!!

    This is some sick mess. This type of crap is still going on. Ignorant white people. Did you read those excuses? Bull Shit!

  • PJ

    The phone number from the web site to the Valley Swin Club is


  • http://Bossip COME THE HELL ON!!!

    If these children’s parents have the money for day camp then I am sure these kids come from working parent homes so they can’t be but so ghetto. And, if they are there are ways to discipline the child. Especially when there’s a pool involved. Whatever the behavior they are still children!

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