Specter Wants Probe Into Club's Rejection of Black Swimmers

When they arrived June 29 for their first session after a 40-minute drive from Philadelphia, Wright said, there were problems from the beginning.

As her campers -- boys and girls from kindergarten to 7th grade -- entered the pool area to swim, parents began pulling their children out of the water and standing poolside with their arms crossed.

Wright didn't hear any racist comments made directly to them, but was told by three campers later that one white woman asked "what are these black kids doing here?"

Out of the more than two dozen white families swimming at the pool that day, Wright said, just three parents allowed their children to swim with her campers.

"The children were very, very upset," she said. "They still don't understand."

And in this day and age, Wright said, neither does she.

Wright said she spoke to Duesler shortly after the incident and he promised to call an emergency board meeting. Twenty-four hours later, Wright said she got a call telling her the board would not allow Creative Steps back on the property and the campers' $1,950 in membership fees would be returned.

The camp is now in talks over an offer from a local college to swim there and will continue swimming at a local Jewish community center.

Wright, who is black, said she has faced this type of racism personally, but never with her campers.

"This is the first time I've ever experienced this with Creative Steps," she said.

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