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Valley Swim Club; Shades of the Old South

“In the little town of Drew, where Emmett Till was killed in 1954, the “public” swimming pool is filled with dirt. That happened in the 1960s when the town council learned they were going to have to integrate their pools.”

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pennsylvania (CNN) — The president of The Valley Swim Club on Friday strongly denied charges of racism after his club canceled the swimming privileges of a nearby day care center whose children are predominantly African-American.

John Duesler said he underestimated the number of swimmers who would come to swim at the club.

John Duesler said he underestimated the number of swimmers who would come to swim at the club.

“It was never our intention to offend anyone,” said John Duesler. “This thing has been blown out of proportion.”
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Uh, huh. He’s very, very sorry and it had nothing to do with racism.

In the little town of Drew, where Emmett Till was killed in 1954, the “public” swimming pool is filled with dirt. That happened in the 1960s when the town council learned they were going to have to integrate their pools.

So the white, rich folk built a country club with a pool at the outskirts of town, and that solved the problem. No black kid has ever been swimming in that pool! I remember when we moved to the Mississippi Delta, next to Drew. A white lady politely invited me to join the country club — where we could go swimming, since Drew didn’t have a pool.

Meanwhile, in town, the softball fields remain segregated. The public field, owned by the town, is filled with weeds. That’s the field for the black kids.

A private party donated land for the white kids’ softball field, and that’s where they play ball, at the perfectly groomed field.

When the head of the Valley Swim Club denies racism, that’s simply bull. That’s segregation and how it works in the North. It’s just done, no questions asked.

How utterly disgusting. These people should be ashamed of themselves. But they won’t be. And they’ll probably keep going to their white churches each Sunday.

From the land of Emmett Till …