While watching CBS Morning News on Channel 2, I was horrified when I heard two people of color, one adult and a child being interviewed. They said that they were asked to leave the place where they were, because they were not wanted there. It seems that this club was a little annoyed because of the color of their skin.
We all know that this is not a perfect country; there are still many Whites that are very prejudiced, as are Blacks, and Hispanics, but there is no reason for an incident like this. This club claims to have a diverse membership, but still these children weren't allowed to return. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/11/us/11pool.html
"The Valley Club says it has a diverse membership, but the campers were not permitted to return after their first visit, on June 29, and the club refunded the camp's $1,950 on July 3 without explanation." I don't buy what they said about having a diverse membership; did their membership include Black and Hispanic members? One can have a diverse membership of Whites from different parts of this country, or from the world for that matter. Being of diverse membership doesn't mean that one is not prejudice, and if this club wasn't racist, with racist policies, this would not have happened. If that wasn't the case, I believe that there would have been a much more viable explanation; there are better ways to inform someone that an error had been made, if that was indeed the case.
You see racism is like a pit bull raising its ugly head; you didn't destroy the disease, so it festered, and now it has become an even more putrid kind of hate. Unlike the Pit Bull, when bitten, racism affects us in a more internal way, it worsens, and like terrorism, it keeps taunting us for the rest of our lives; we must change the way we think.
Why do things like this continue to happen? For now let's just say that we nurtured the wrong things. To help prevent these kinds of attacks from impacting us, it would be wise for the African-American People of Color, Hispanics, and other minorities, who are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older relatives and adults, who aren't empowered, to become empowered. Empowered adults can then teach their children about the importance of being empowered.
Unlike one might expect, this incidence didn't occur in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas or Arkansas; this incidence occurred in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., a suburban Philadelphia club. The nature of the accusation against this club was that these bunch of kids, which numbered around 65, were asked to leave when they arrived to swim. They remarked, "Saying what are all these black kids doing here? And that she was afraid that we might try to do something to her child, one camper said of the parents' reaction." http://wcbstv.com/national/valley.swim.club.2.1081381.html Don't you think that has a racial overtone?
It is amazing that how some Whites become afraid. I point this out in my book, "Born In The Wrong Country," when saying "...And when it was just us that you were torturing and murdering, then you weren't afraid, you didn't even flinch as you continued to terrorize us, so you really shouldn't be afraid now either." This was in reference to what White America had done to the African-American People of Color during and after slavery. Why should a White parent be afraid of Black and Hispanic children, who have done them no harm? What does this say about the conscience of some of White Americans? Believe me, if it was said or thought by one, it was thought by many, and that's how hatred is spread, that is how discrimination is spread, and that is also how lies are spread; you have been nurturing all of these things. Begin to nurture friendship and watch what happens; begin to nurture love and watch how things can change.
If one reads the article in the above URL, it goes on to say the following. "It was a poor choice of words," when someone said they were told, "The camp claims the club told it that the presence of the black and Hispanic children would change the complexion of the pool." Dr. John Duesler, the swim club president said that, "It was never my intention to imply anything in terms of racial makeup."
You know sometimes I wonder, but then again I know. When I think of this year 2009, a disturbing year financially, yet a wonderful year of the 21st Century, something beckons me to look back, and then I know. I know because I see in looking back, a lot of things did not change; there is a long way for us to grow. Let me start by saying that we nurtured the wrong things; we nurtured hate, discrimination, bigotry, and we nurtured racism; we even taught these things to our children; in fact one might say that we did an excellent job in teaching these things. But when it came to making sense and teaching our children the need to respect our others brothers and sisters, we didn't do so well, in fact many of us failed miserably.
As a people, as parents and friends, we became a selfish lot, and many of us even swore that we were Christians. We continued to swear that we were Christians, yet we nurtured hate; we swore that we were Christians as we nurtured our own deceit, our own lies, our own arrogance, our egos and our shame, and as such Christians, we even did it with a smile.
Today we wonder why the children act the way they do, cursing, slapping other children, hurting other children, and sometimes even murdering other children and their parents too. Be still and be quiet for a moment, then listen to your voices as you dare ask such questions. So many of you were taught how to hate, so you taught your own children how to hate; you also taught them how to lie and cheat; in doing so, you were teaching them all about bigotry. You also taught them how to do harm to another human being. Yes, it was you that bought them games to play with; you bought them killing games; you even watched them play; some of you even played with them; your children imitate you quite well. What a disgrace you are; it seems like that is the only how to, that so many of you know how to teach.