State to probe alleged racism at swim club

Inquirer staff writer Zoe Tillman reports:

The state Human Relations Commission announced today that they will begin “an immediate investigation” into allegations that The Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley engaged in racial discrimination.

According to a written statement from the commission, the NAACP requested the investigation. The investigation stems from an incident on June 29, when campers at a Northeast Philadelphia day camp said they heard club members make racial comments about them at the pool. The club rescinded the campers’ membership a few days later. 

Commission Chairman Stephen Glassman gave the following statement in the release: “The rule of law in Pennsylvania is equal opportunity for all, regardless of race,” Glassman said. “Based on the NAACP’s request and public outcry following media reports, we will expedite an investigation to determine whether there has been illegal discrimination.”

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