Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Yep, that's about right.

The thing about racism, especially now, is that it tends to be about extremes. The extreme KKK style racism is pretty much an outcast, and the people that follow, even though there are still far too many, are not exactly looked highly upon by society as a whole. On the other side, it's subtle and forced to be in the metaphorical shadows since it wouldn't exactly be looked highly upon by society as a whole. Partly because of ignorance, and partly because you can't exactly show it.

Which means it's kinda hilarious (bad I know) when it shows up in such an obvious manner. Take this recent case:

"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."

Admittedly, the article's mostly one-sided in terms of a bunch of black kids getting turned away from a private swim club where they had membership. Still, this quote from the club's president just takes the cake.

"There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club" - John Duesler

I mean seriously? Can you be anymore obvious? I'd think that if you're racist, especially in a situation where it's going to get press, that you'd at least try to hide it. Or if you're not, you wouldn't want to make a stupid mistake and look it.

I have to say that it does tickle me a little how badly it was handled.

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